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Double Gold for Canadian Teams at World Juniors

Sunday Mar 08 2015
by Curling Canada News Release

CCA Photo/Michael Burns

OF NOTE: FIVE Manitobans won World Junior titles this weekend. In addition to the Braden Calvert team, the BC team's lead is Jessica (Jesse) Iles of The Pas who is attending University in Alberta. The last Manitoba Junior team to win a World Junior title was the Pembina team of David Hamblin, Ross Derksen, Kevin Hamblin, & Ross McCannell in 2002
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TALLINN, ESTONIA – The Canadian men and women are bringing the 2015 World Junior Curling Championships gold medals back to Canada.  The Canadian teams have been the class of the field all week at the Tondiraba Ice Hall. The Winnipeg-based men’s team, Braden Calvert, Kyle Kurz, Lucas Van Den Bosch, Brendan Wilson, alternate Colton Lott and coach Tom Clasper, finished the round robin with only one loss (to Russia) while the women breezed through the round robin with a perfect 9-0 record.
 
 In the men’s final, Calvert, Kurz, Van Den Bosch and Wilson shot an incredible 91.5 per cent as a team en route to a 6-3 win over Switzerland.
 
 Canada started off the game strong with a deuce in the second end and never looked back. Switzerland blanked the third end before giving up a steal of one in the fourth after rubbing off a rock in the top 12-foot on a tap attempt.
 
 After another blank by Switzerland in the fifth end, Canada again picked up a steal of one in the sixth end to extend its lead to 4-0.
 
 Switzerland attempted to generate a deuce in the seventh, but was thwarted by solid hits by the Canadian team and had to settle for a draw to the eight-foot for a single point.
 
 The Canadians piled the rocks into the house in the eighth end and drew into the house on Calvert’s last rock for two points to bring the score to 6-1.
 
 The Swiss men answered back with a deuce in the ninth end, but it was too little, too late, as the Canadians ran them out of rocks in the 10th to win the world title.
 
“It’s just unbelievable. When you start the season, you never quite picture that it’s going to end up like this,” said Calvert. “It’s pretty special to not only bring home a medal, but a gold medal. It’s just icing on the cake.”
 
Calvert attributes an increased work ethic to his team’s success this year.
 
“We just beared down and worked a little bit harder going into this season,” said Calvert. “We threw a ton of rocks in Winnipeg and it really shows when you get out here."
 
 Edmonton’s Kelsey Rocque successfully defended her World Juniors title (she won last year in Flims, Switzerland, with a d and joins Scotland’s Eve Muirhead as the only female skips to win back-to-back world championships. Rocque along with teammates Danielle Schmiemann, Holly Jamieson, Jessica Iles, alternate Kristen Streifel and coach Amanda-Dawn Coderre won the gold with an 8-2 victory over Scotland in the World Juniors final.
 
 It was a dominant performance right from the game’s start. After a blank in the first end, Canada picked up a single in the second end. Scotland tied it up with one point in the third end.
 
 Canada set the tone of the game in the fourth end with a hit to score a three-ender. Scotland blanked the fifth end before picking up their last point of the game in the sixth end.
 
 The seventh end wasn’t shaping up well for Canada until third Schmiemann started a string of three freezes by Canada. The Scottish team attempted to freeze to the Canadian shot stone on their last, but rubbed off by a couple inches and gave Canada a hit for another big three points and a 7-2 lead. With the world championship title imminent, the Canadian took a moment to refocus.
 
“In our scrum, we really talked about keeping our emotions in check and going through our normal routines,” said Rocque.
 
 The Scottish women elected to play a draw on their last rock in the eighth end, but came up light and gave Canada a one-point steal and the 8-2 win.
 
“It’s really exciting [to win the gold medal] and bring it home to Canada,” said Rocque. “There’s honestly no words.”
 
The key to the Canadian women’s team’s success?
 
“We’re best friends on and off the ice,” said Rocque. “What we really do is we handle our emotions well on the ice and we don’t get too worked up over things.”
 
The only other women’s team to go through undefeated through the round robin and win the World Juniors was Canada’s Marliese Kasner (Miller) back in 2003.
 
 It is the sixth time in World Juniors history that Canada has won the world titles on both the men’s and the women’s side; the only other nation to have captured double gold is Scotland in 1993.
 
 Previous Canadian tandem champs were in 2003 (Marliese Kasner [Miller], Steve Laycock), 2001 (Suzanne Gaudet, Brad Gushue), 1998 (Melissa Adams [McClure], John Morris), 1994 (Kim Gellard, Colin Davison) and 1988 (Julie Skinner [Sutton], Jim Sullivan).
 
 To watch previously broadcast World Juniors games, please visit the World Curling Federation’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV
 
 For more information on the World Juniors, please visit: http://wjcc2015.curlingevents.com/

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FRIDAY: Calvert's Team Canada to Play in World Junior Gold Medal Game - Advancing at least a step beyond last year's loss in the bronze medal game, Braden Calvert and his Winnipeg based Team Canada will play in the World Junior Men's gold medal game - following a stolen 7-6 victory over defending champion Switzerland in Friday Page 1-2 playoff game. The win came when the Swiss skip missed an open last rock hit for the victory. In the Page 3-4 game, Sweden defeated Scotland by the same 7-6 score setting up a Switzerland-Sweden semi-final. The last Manitoba team to win a World Junior Championship was the David Hamblin team from Pembina and Morris in 2002.

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Thursday: Calvert Foursome Finishes 8-1 in First Place After World Juniors Round Robin - Braden Calvert and his Canadian Junior Champion team have finished the round robin with a pair of wins on Thursday to post an 8-1 win-loss record. They hold first place after the round robin as formerly unbeaten Switzerland lost a pair on the final day to drop to 7-2. Team Calvert/Canada defeated Switzerland (5-3) early Thursday and then beat Korea (6-4) in their final draw. In a change of format for next year, three teams (all three medallist teams) will move into the World Juniors from next fall's Junior World Junior-B Qualifying event. Next year's World Junior Host Country will also have an automatic entry. That country will be indentified at the closing banquet but is not competing this year. Hence the bottom four teams this year (Korea, Italy Russia - all 3-6, and Estonia 1-8) will compete next year in the qualifying event.

Standings after 9 sessions of play (W-L):

1. Canada (8-1) Q (Qualified for Playoff)
2. Switzerland (7-2) Q (Qualified for Playoff)
3. Scotland (6-3) Q (Qualified for Playoff)
4. Sweden (6-3) Q (Qualified for Playoff)
5. USA (4-5)
6. Norway (4-5)
7. Korea (3-6) B (Drop into Junior-B Championship in Lohja, FInland in January 2016)
8. Italy (3-6) B (Drop into Junior-B Championship in Lohja, FInland in January 2016)
9. Russia (3-6) B (Drop into Junior-B Championship in Lohja, FInland in January 2016)
10. Estonia (1-8) B (Drop into Junior-B Championship in Lohja, FInland in January 2016)

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(Curling Canada Release) WEDNESDAY LATE: Canadian teams headed to playoffs at 2015 World Juniors - TALLINN, ESTONIA – Winnipeg’s Braden Calvert and Edmonton’s Kelsey Rocque have secured playoff positions after Wednesday’s round-robin games at the 2015 World Junior Curling Championships. On the men’s side, Braden Calvert, Kyle Kurz, Lucas Van Den Bosch, Brendan Wilson, alternate Colton Lott and coach Tom Clasper extended their wining streak to five in a row with a 10-4 win over Scotland and became the second team to qualify in the men’s field.
 
 The first end saw Scotland attempt to grab a piece of the button to score, but came up light and gave Canada the steal. The Scottish men found themselves in the same position in the second end, but this time made the draw against two Canadian counters.
 
 With his first rock, Calvert executed a perfect soft-weight double followed by a draw to full 12 to pick up three points in the third end.
 
 Scotland answered back with a deuce in the fourth end when the Scottish skip nailed a tough double to bring the score to 4-3.
 
 Facing four Scottish stones on his last shot in the fifth, Calvert calmly drew to the four-foot to pick up a single. The tables turned in the sixth end when Scotland faced three Canadian counters. The Scottish skip was only able to outdraw one, giving Canada a steal of two and a 7-3 lead.
 
 On Calvert’s final rock of the seventh end, he made a run double to sit three in the house. Scotland answered right back with a triple to score one.
 
 Canada didn’t let off the gas in the eighth and piled the rocks into the house. Again, Calvert pulled out the big weight to make two runbacks to end the game with a final score of 10-4.
 
“We’re starting to play a bit better now, so we’re in a good spot,” said Calvert. “We’re still trying to master the ice. It’s just a little straighter than we’re used to. We’re trying to throw the rock a little bit better each day."

Rocque, along with teammates Danielle Schmiemann, Holly Jamieson, Jessica Iles, alternate Kristen Streifel and coach Amanda-Dawn Coderre, became the first women’s team to qualify after posting wins against Scotland and Estonia on Wednesday to bring their record to 7-0.
 
 Canada faced off against the second-ranked Scottish team to open the day. After a blank in the first end, the Canadians picked up a deuce in the second. Scotland battled back with a single in the third end follow by a stolen point in the fourth end to tie the game up when a raise attempt by Rocque came up an inch too short.
 
 Canada broke the game wide open in the fifth with a three-ender to take a 5-2 lead. The Canadians took that momentum into the sixth end, forcing Scotland to make a draw to the four-foot. The Scottish skip’s last stone came up light, giving Canada a single point.
 
 Canada continued to apply pressure to Scotland in the seventh end, forcing Scotland to outdraw three rocks in the four-foot. Scotland came up light for the second time and ended the game at 9-2.
 
“It looks like we’re on autopilot, but we just played really strong as a team,” said Rocque. “That game was a little sketchy at times, but we’re just getting the breaks when we need them.”
 
Against host country Estonia, Canada jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after three ends. In the fourth end, Canada forced Estonia to a single point with a draw to the four-foot.
 
 The Canadians generated a deuce in the fifth end to take a 6-1 lead. The Estonians answered back with another single in the sixth.
 
 Canada stretched its margin to 8-2 after taking two more points in the seventh end. A clean eighth end saw Estonia roll out on its last rock to blank and the Estonians opted to shake.
 
 With two more round robin games still to play, the Canadians have guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs. But first, they have to go through Switzerland, currently ranked second in the standings, and Korea, the fourth ranked team, which will determine their final playoff positioning.
 
 Rocque and teammates are elated to have accomplished the first stage of their goal. "You come in as Canada and you already have a target on your back. Defending champions, that’s another target. Not to say we were nervous, but it’s a relief [to have qualified]!”
 
 The Canadian women will take on Switzerland Thursday at 2 p.m. local (7 a.m. ET). The men also face off against Switzerland on Wednesday at 9 a.m. local (2 a.m. ET) and South Korea at 7 p.m. local (noon ET).
 
 The World Junior Curling Championships will be broadcast on the World Curling Federation’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV
 
 The Canadian women will be the featured game at 2 p.m. local (7 a.m. ET) against Switzerland.
 
 For the full game and broadcast schedule information, go to: http://wjcc2015.curlingevents.com/schedule

Junior Men`s Standings after Wednesday play are:
7-0 Switzerland
6-1 Canada
5-2 Scotland
4-3 Sweden
3-4 Russia
3-4 Korea
2-5 United States
2-5 Italy
2-5 Norway
1-6 Estonia 

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TUESDAY: Team Calvert Wins Two Tuesday, Improves to 5-1 - Braden Calvert`s Canadian Men`s team moved into a second place tie with Scotland with a pair of wins at the World Juniors in Estonia. After beating Italy 5-1 on the early draw, Canad`s late game Tuesday went an extra end when Team Canada scored a point to tie the game 2-2. A steal on the extra end gave Canada a 3-2 win over Sweden. The Canadian Junior Women had only one game Tuesday. Their win over England improved their record to 5-0.

Junior Men`s Standings after Tuesday play are:
6-0 Switzerland
5-1 Canada
5-1 Scotland
4-2 Sweden
3-3 Russia
2-4 Korea
2-4 United States
1-5 Estonia 
1-5 Italy
1-5 Norway

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MONDAY: Team Canada Men Improve to 3-1, Women at 4-0 - TALLINN, ESTONIA – The Canadian men have found their groove after picking up another win Monday afternoon to improve their record to 3-1 at the 2015 World Junior Curling Championships.  Winnipeg’s Braden Calvert, Kyle Kurz, Lucas Van Den Bosch, Brendan Wilson, alternate Colton Lott and coach Tom Clasper, pulled off a 10-1 win over host country Estonia during the afternoon draw at the Tondiraba Ice Hall.
 
 Strong from the start, Canada opened with a deuce in the first end. After Estonia blanked the second end, the Canadians stole back-to-back points in the third and fourth ends when Estonia failed to deliver on its last shots.
 
 The host country picked up its only point of the game with a draw to the eight-foot after a well-executed end that had the Canadians on their toes.
 
 Wanting to get alternate Lott into a game early on the week, third Kurz took a seat behind the glass. Lott, the 2013 World Juniors bronze-medallist with the Matt Dunstone team, made his debut on the ice taking over the third position.
 
 Canada finished off the game with another deuce in the sixth end, then a steal of four in the seventh end. Though only in for two ends, Lott managed to shoot a perfect 100 per cent.
 
“It was awesome to get out onto the ice,” said Lott. “It was only a couple ends, but it reminded me of playing in Sochi [at the World Juniors] in 2013 and it was just so nice to get back out there."
 
 Despite the score, the Canadian men didn’t let their guard down and focused instead on the big picture.
 
“It was a good game to sharpen our skills a little bit and start throwing better rocks than we did the day before,” said Calvert.
 
 On the women’s side, Edmonton’s Kelsey Rocque, Danielle Schmiemann, Holly Jamieson, Jessica Iles, alternate Kristen Streifel and coach Amanda-Dawn Coderre kept their place on top of the standings. The women maintained an unblemished 4-0 record with wins against Russia and Sweden.
 
 In the morning game against Russia, Canada came out firing and dominated the game with a convincing 10-3 win after eight ends.
 
 Russia opened the scoring with a single in the second end. Canada answered back with a three-ender in end three. The Canadians held Russia to another single in the fourth end before taking back a deuce with hammer in the fifth to lead 5-2.
 The fans were treated to a show with great shot-making skills displayed by both teams. Canada and Russia traded single points in the sixth and seventh ends, bringing the score to 6-3.
 
 The Canadians put the pressure on in the eighth end with well-thrown hits and runbacks. Looking at four Canadian rocks, the last Russian rock sailed through the house giving Canada a 10-3 win.
 
“Russia’s a superpower of curling, so we knew it would be a tough game,” said Rocque. “We just took it one shot at a time.”
 
The evening game was a very low-scoring match with neither team wanting to play aggressively for fear of giving up a big end. Instead, the teams opted to keep it simple with three blank ends in the first half of the game.
 
 After forcing the Swedish team to play a hit against two Canadian counters in the third end to pick up a point, the tables were turned in the fifth when Rocque, defending World Juniors gold-medallist, had to make a pressure draw against four to pick up a single.
 
 Canada picked up a steal of one in the sixth end when Swedish skip Isabella Wranaa came up light on a draw against two Canadian rocks.
 
 Despite having a couple more rocks in play the seventh end, a well-executed double by Rocque on her last rock gave Sweden the opportunity to blank and carry over the hammer into the eighth end.
 
 Team Canada continued to put the pressure on the Swedes during the eighth and forced Wranaa to make a draw for her single to tie the game.
 
 The two teams took a more aggressive approach in the ninth end with many rocks in play. In the end, Rocque picked the Swedish shot rock off the button to give her team a two-point lead going into the tenth end where Canada ran Sweden out of rocks for the 4-2 win.
 
“The way the score was we decided to keep it [more defensive],” said Rcoque. “Sweden’s a really good team, so we knew we’d have to keep it close.”
 
Rocque attributes her team’s success to keeping it loose and positive on the ice.
 
“I think we’re not taking it too seriously. It sounds a little odd, but we’re having lots of fun out here. We’re just embracing the moment."
 
 Tuesday, the Canadian men will face Italy in the morning draw at at 9 a.m. local (2 a.m. ET) and Sweden in the evening at 7 p.m. local (noon ET). The Canadian women will take on England in the afternoon at 2 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET).
 
 The World Junior Curling Championships will be broadcast on the World Curling Federation’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV
 
 The Canadian men’s team will be the featured game on YouTube Tuesday at 7 p.m. local, noon ET.
 
 For the full game and broadcast schedule information, go to: http://wjcc2015.curlingevents.com/schedule



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