Canadian skip Braden Calvert expressed some regret Tuesday morning following defeat in the Page 3-4 playoff at the world junior curling championships.
He dropped a 4-3 extra-end decision to Switzerland’s Yannick Schwaller and will be playing for a bronze medal Wednesday at 7 a.m. ET in Flims, Switzerland.
“We didn’t really make the other team make too [many] difficult shots,” Calvert said in a statement released by the Canadian Curling Association. “We’re a little disappointed right now. We played a lot better in the second half after getting off to a sluggish start.”
Calvert and his rink of third Kyle Kurz, second Lucas Van Den Bosch, lead Brendan Wilson and alternate Matt Dunstone advanced to the playoffs with a 6-3 record in round-robin play.
A defensive showdown resulted in a 3-3 tie after eight ends. Switzerland scored two in the ninth, but Calvert’s perfect draw for two on his last shot in the 10th end forced an extra end.
Lying one in the 11th end, Calvert drew the front of the four-foot to lie two. Schwaller attempted a double takeout and managed to score one for a semifinal berth.
“It was a really, really tough game,” Schwaller said. “It was so close in the end, maybe just a few centimeters in it, just crazy.
“We played really defensively, that was the key to winning. Canadian curling always involves a lot of stones and guards. We wanted to play defensively and not play their game.”
Schwaller will meet Norway’s Eirik Mjoeen in Tuesday afternoon’s semifinal while defending champion Kyle Smith of Scotland gains a bye to Wednesday’s final after beating Mjoeen in the Page 1-2 playoff game.
Calvert will play the loser of the Schwaller/Mjoeen match for bronze.
“I think we’ll get rested and fired up to play the bronze medal game,” said Calvert.
On the women’s side, Canadian skip Kelsey Rocque and her team of Keely Brown, Taylor McDonald, Claire Tully and alternate Alison Kotylak will play in the gold-medal match Wednesday at 3 a.m. ET.