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Manitoba's Fourth Junior Mens Gold in a Row

Sunday Jan 31 2016
by Curling Canada Release

Manitobans Among Junior Championship Award Winners

SUNDAY SUMMARY: Manitoba's Matt Dunstone team won Manitoba's fourth Junior Men's Gold in a row with an 11-4 Sunday afternoon win over Northern Ontario.                     

STRATFORD, Ont. — He started the run in 2013, and he extended it in 2016. Matt Dunstone and his team from Winnipeg claimed Manitoba’s fourth consecutive men’s gold medal at the 2016 Canadian Junior Curling Championship, presented by Egg Farmers of Ontario, Sunday in Stratford, Ont., beating Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan (Copper Cliff) 11-4 in the final.

Dunstone won gold in 2013 at Fort McMurray, Alta., and watched from home as fellow Manitoban Braden Calvert prevailed in 2014 and 2015.But Sunday’s victory was worth the wait, said the 20-year-old skip.“It’s just as satisfying, for sure,” said a jubilant Dunstone, whose team is rounded out by third Colton Lott, second (and vice-skip) Kyle Doering, lead Rob Gordon and coach Calvin Edie. “It doesn’t change; this is awesome. I’m so proud of these guys; they worked so hard for this, and we couldn’t be happier, obviously.”

Lott was a member of the 2013 team as well, and a year earlier he and Doering were teammates on a Manitoba team that won bronze at the 2012 Canadian Juniors in Napanee, Ont.

Sunday’s gold was nailed down early. Northern Ontario — Horgan’s team included third (and younger brother) Jake Horgan, second Nick Bissonnette, lead Maxime Blais and coach (and the Horgans’ dad) Gerry Horgan — opened the game with a first-end deuce.But Dunstone made two pistols in the second end — the first, a precision long runback takeout to sit two, and when Tanner Horgan missed his final shot, Dunstone coolly drew to bite the button for a go-ahead three.“Those were such a great pair of shots,” said Lott. “Especially after I crashed on a guard on my shot. It was phenomenal; Matt played great. I wouldn’t want another skip in the world to throw those shots.” Manitoba would add a stolen three in the third end on another Horgan miss, and then made a wonderful in-off takeout in the sixth end for a third three-ender.

It was that kind of day for Northern Ontario skip Tanner Horgan, but his future is very bright. It was that kind of day for Northern Ontario skip Tanner Horgan, but his future is very bright. “I don’t think they missed. They’re an amazing team; how are they a junior team? They’ll do just fantastic at the worlds,” said the classy Horgan, 17, who’ll play in the Northern Ontario men’s championship, with his first game against none other than 2014 Olympic gold-medallist Brad Jacobs. “I think there’s lots of room for growth with our team. We’re so young, we have so many more years ahead and I’m excited to see what we can do in a few years."

Dunstone’s team will head to Taarnby, Denmark, for the 2016 World Juniors, March 5-13, looking to make it back-to-back gold medals for Canada after Calvert’s victory last year in Estonia, and to improve on the bronze medal Dunstone and Lott won in 2013.“Going back three years ago, we felt robbed, for sure,” said Dunstone. “We have gold on our minds, and if we keep playing like we did in this playoff round, we should be right there.”

Manitoba’s four straight wins matches the Saskatchewan record of four in a row, set between 1949 and 1952. It was the province’s 12th Canadian junior men’s crown.

“We have such a strong junior program from head to toe,” said Dunstone. “We all make each other better; Braden makes us better, we make Braden better, and there are a lot of other guys that you have to work to be better than. We just all feed off each other.”The gold medals three years apart for Dunstone and Lott match a record held by Alberta’s Scott Pfeifer for longest gap between Canadian junior titles.The 2017 Canadian Juniors will be played in Victoria.

Manitoban's Win All-Star and Fair Play Awards - See Below     

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SATURDAY COMPETITION SUMMARY: Manitoba's Matt Dunstone team won their semi-final game 8-3 over BC, breaking the game with two on the 4th and steals of one on each of the 5th and 6th ends. Manitoba plays for its 4th consective Junior Mens Gold Medal Sunday afternoon.

STRATFORD, Ont. — Matt Dunstone and Colton Lott are hoping Sunday afternoon will be worth the wait. The Manitoba skip and third won men’s gold at the 2013 Canadian Juniors in Fort McMurray, Alta., but their return visit to the national championship was put on hold after losing back-to-back Manitoba finals to Braden Calvert, who would win the national title in 2014 and 2015, and world title in 2015.

Sunday morning, with two different teammates — second (and vice-skip) Kyle Doering and lead Rob Gordon — Dunstone and Lott will play again for gold at the 2016 Canadian Juniors, presented by Egg Farmers of Ontario.

An 8-3 semifinal victory over B.C.’s Tyler Tardi on Saturday night at the Stratford Rotary Complex propelled the Manitobans, coached by Calvin Edie, to the 3 p.m. (all times Eastern) gold-medal game against Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan (broadcast on TSN/RDS2).

“Obviously, Colton and I have been waiting this game for two and a half years now,” said Dunstone, who’s in his final year of junior eligibility. “We’re pretty pumped. We’re right where we want to be. ”

Dunstone, named the first-team all-star skip after averaging 90 per cent over the round robin, was on form again on Saturday night. He never let B.C. generate any early offence, and then delivered a beautiful draw to bite the button in the fourth end to score pair, and Manitoba would never look back.

Manitoba would add stolen points in the fifth and sixth ends, and B.C. took one in seven when Tardi nose-hit on a blank attempt, and it was just a matter of time from there.

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FRIDAY COMPETITION SUMMARY: Manitoba's Abby Ackland team lost a tie-breaker game 7-5 to New Brunswick. Matt Dunstone's foursome qualified for the playoffs with 9-1 record and plays BC in the Saturday semi-final. The winner advances against Northern Ontario in the final. Northern Ontario was the only team to beat Manitoba in preliminary rounds play.

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STRATFORD, Ont. — The all-stars and other award winners at the 2016 Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships, presented by Egg Farmers of Ontario, were announced on Friday at the awards banquet at the Stratford Rotary Complex. Manitoba names were called six times during the ceremony - 3 first team men's all-stars, 1 women's first team and one women's second team all-stars, and a Fair Play Award.
  
All-Stars (determined by shooting percentages during the round robin)
Women -  First Team
 Skip — Sarah Daniels, B.C. (81 per cent)
 Third — Marika Van Osch, B.C. (86 per cent)
 Second — Megan Moffatt, Alberta (85 per cent)
 Lead — Sara Oliver, Manitoba (84 per cent)

Women -  Second Team
 Skip — Selena Sturmay, Alberta (80 per cent)
 Third — Kristin Clarke, Nova Scotia (85 per cent)
 Second — Melissa Gordon, Manitoba (84 per cent)
 Lead — Hope Sunley, Alberta (84 per cent)

Men - First Team
 Skip — Matt Dunstone (90 per cent)
 Third — Colton Lott, Manitoba (88 per cent)
 Second — Kyle Doering, Manitoba (89 per cent)
 Lead — Nick Neufeld, Saskatchewan (86 per cent)

Men - Second Team
 Skip — Tanner Horgan, Northern Ontario (89 per cent)
 Third — Jason Camm, Ontario (85 per cent)
 Second — Matthew Hall, Ontario (87 per cent)
 Lead — Curtis Easter, Ontario (87 per cent)

 * In the case of a percentage tie, the all-star position goes to the player with the highest plus/minus for the week (a player receives a 1 for every game in which he/she outcurls the positional opponent by five per cent or more). Should they still be tied, the pre-event draw to the button results are used to determine the all-star.
  
Ken Watson Sportsmanship Awards (voted by the players)
Women – Chloé McCloskey, Prince Edward Island
Men – Arthur Siksik, Nunavut
  
Balance Plus Fair Play Awards (selected by the officials)
Men
 Lead — Rob Gordon, Manitoba
 Second  — Kyle Barron, Newfoundland/Labrador
 Third — Daniel Wenzek, B.C.
 Skip — Karsten Sturmay, Alberta
 Coach — Benoit Forget, Quebec

Women
 Lead — Aleya Quilty, Prince Edward Island
 Second — Dez Hawes, B.C.
 Third — Christianne West, Nunavut
 Skip — Courtney Auld, Ontario
 Coach — Michel St-Georges, Quebec

ASHAM National Coaching Awards (voted by the coaches)
Women – Michel St-Georges, Quebec
Men – Benoit Forget, Quebec

Joan Mead Legacy Awards (selected by the event officials)
 ($500 scholarship)
Women – Gabby Molloy, Newfoundland/Labrador
Men – Karsten Sturmay, Alberta



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