Canada rocks at junior curling worlds
Canada continued its winning ways at the world junior curling championships in Ogden, Utah on Tuesday.
Brad Gushue's rink from St. John's, Nfld., easily disposed of Russia's Alexander Kirikov and then Casper Bossen of Denmark to remain tied with the United States atop the men's standings at 6-1.
Facing the Danes in Draw 9, Gushue scored four points in the first end, stole another in the second and added three more in the third for an early 8-2 advantage.
Bossen conceded after six ends and with the score 10-3.
"We decided to start well and put pressure on them," Gushue said. "Both (third) Mark Nichols and I had four great shots in the first.
"Mark's second one left them with nothing and they failed to do any damage, so we took a four. We were all playing very well, so it was just a matter of time before the game finished."
Earlier in the day against Russia, Gushue stole one in both the first and second before counting two in the fourth en route to a 6-2 triumph.
"We played steadily," Gushue said. "Having stolen twice, and as they did not really challenge us, we decided to keep the game close.
"We cleared off guards and when we put them in the house, the Russians hit and ran, which suited us."
Canada was actually poised to score four in the fourth, but Kirikov minimized the damage with a nifty double takeout.
"From then on, we cruised, played nothing fancy, as we were pretty safe with three-rock advantage," Gushue said.
On the women's side, Suzanne Gaudet's rink from Summerside, P.E.I., shares first place with Sweden after a 13-4 rout of Denmark in Tuesday's ninth draw.
The Swedes, skipped by Matilda Mattsson, pounded out a 10-1 triumph over the U.S. to keep pace at 6-1.
"After yesterday's loss, we picked up the pieces and regrouped," Gaudet said. "We relaxed this morning and played some good shots at the beginning and established a lead."
A 7-1 lead, to be exact, after scoring three in the first and four more in the third.
Gaudet added an additional two points in each of the fifth, sixth and eighth ends before the Danes conceded.