Canada's men's team won its first game at the world junior curling championships Thursday, while the women's squad suffered a pair of losses.

Braden Calvert's Winnipeg rink rallied to defeat Italy 8-7.

After giving up three points in the second end, Calvert came back with a single, then stole two more points in the next two ends to tie it up at the fifth-end break.

The Canadians trailed 5-4 after seven ends but stole two in eighth and controlled the rest of the game to secure their first win.

"That was definitely a big comeback," Calvert said. "We just stuck with our game plan and it finally paid off in the end.

"It definitely takes a hit to the team's confidence when you go behind by three so early on. We knew we just had to get the two (points) and force the one repeatedly and we did that and we were lucky to get out on top today."

The Canadians started the round robin with two losses Wednesday against Russia and Sweden.

On the women's side, Edmonton's Kelsey Rocque lost 6-4 to Russia and 8-6 to South Korea. The losses evened Canada's record at 2-2.

"We're playing all right, I guess," Rocque said. "I've been struggling a bit. We just aren't capitalizing."

The women will meet Sweden and Switzerland on Friday, while the men will face off against defending champion Scotland and China.