Less than a week after being informed they were competing at Skate Canada International as a last-minute injury replacement, Canada's Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch skated away with the pairs silver medal Saturday.
Moore-Towers, from Waterloo, Ont., and Moscovitch, from Toronto, who stepped in after Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison withdrew, won silver with total score of 170.92 points, one of two Canadian teams on the pairs podium.
Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers of Virden, Man., won bronze with 161.15. Russians Lubov Iliushechkina and Nodari Maisuradze captured the gold with 171.40.
"It's definitely exciting," Moore-Towers said. "We found out just the beginning of this week and we were ready. Our next assignment isn't for a couple of weeks and I know that Dylan and I were both anxious just to get out. Just kind of icing on the cake to finish the way we did."
Moore-Towers and Moscovitch moved up from their fifth-place finish in the short program to claim silver, earning a standing ovation at the K-Rock Centre for their free skate performance to music from "Les Miserables."
Dube and Davison, Canada's top pairs team and former world bronze medallists, pulled out after Davison injured his knee last week in practice and underwent surgery. There's no timetable for Davison's return.