Canada falls short at curling world juniors

Team Canada was perfect all week at the world junior women's curling championships – until Saturday's final.

Canada, which compiled 9-0 record in round-robin play, lost 9-6 to Norway's Linn Githmark at the final in Trois-Rivieres, Que. The triumph marks the first world junior curling title in Norwegian history.

"It could mean a lot for curling, especially junior curling," said Githmark. "I hope this will mean a lot."

Canadian skip Jill Mouzar, third Paige Mattie, second Blisse Comstock and lead Chloe Comstock, were tied with Norway 6-6 through eight ends of Saturday's championship final.

Mouzar purposely gave up a steal of one in the ninth end to retain the hammer, or final shot, in the 10th end. The strategy backfired after Mouzar fell short on a draw to the four-foot that would have sent the game to an extra end.

The miscue gave Norway the championship and Canada its first loss of the tournament.

"I underthrew it. We have times, and I knew I underthrew it right when I let it go," said Mouzar.

"I've been throwing draws all week. You can't make excuses. I was just trying to get that adrenaline rush out of my body, and calm down, and I just underthrew it."

The Canadian men were eliminated from the men's event on Friday. Skip Ryan Sherrard, from Rothesay, N.B., was ousted after a disappointing 7-4 loss to South Korea in a men's tiebreaker. It was Canada's second loss in three days to South Korea, which prevailed 7-2 on Wednesday.

The fifth-place showing was the worst-ever finish by a Canadian men's squad in world juniors history.

with files from CP Online