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Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison earned a silver medal after winning the free skate portion of the Skate Canada event Saturday in Ottawa. ((Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images))

Canadians Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison finished second in the pairs competition at Skate Canada in Ottawa on Saturday.

Dube, from Drummondville, Que., and Davison, from Cambridge, Ont., sat third overall after Friday's short program, but moved up one spot following Saturday's free skate with a total score of 176.54.

Dube and Davison posted the top score in the free skate, performing to Bizet's Carmen.

"That certainly was close," Davison said. "We were really proud about how we came out and attacked that long really well, stayed in the character of the program better than we thought we would almost, and to be honest, that was a better long than we were expecting."

Russian duo Alexander Smirnov and Yuko Kawaguchi won the event with a score of 176.97. Americans Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker were third in 161.51.

Dube and Davison had one significant error in the catch of the triple twist.

"Other than that, we felt really confident and smooth out there," Davison said.

Mylene Brodeur of Stanbridge Station, Que., and John Mattatall of Saint-Leonard, Que., finished fourth (149.14) and Rachel Kirkland and Eric Radford of Toronto were sixth (141.66).

Dube and Davison won the bronze medal at last season's world figure skating championships in Sweden.

In the ice dance competition, Meryl Davis and Charlie White head into Sunday's free skate leading with a total of 90.5 points.

The American team is followed by Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France (81.27) and the U.S. duo of Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre (80.35). Vaness Crone, of Aurora, Ont., and Paul Poirier, from Unionville, Ont., sit in fifth with 80.24, while Toronto's  Andrea Chong and Guillame Gfeller of Montreal stand eighth at  69.53.

With files from the Canadian Press