Winter Universiade curling: Canadian women open with 2 wins, men drop opener

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Feb 05, 2015

GRANADA, Spain (Courtesy of Canadian Curling Association) – Team Canada opened the women’s curling competition at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain, with a pair of victories on Thursday.

Breanne Meakin’s Ottawa-based team — third Lauren Horton, second Lynn Kreviazuk, lead Jessica Armstrong and coach Doug Kreviazuk — opened the 10-team round-robin competition at the Fuentenueva Pavilion on the campus of the University of Granada by beating South Korea’s Kim Eun Jung 6-4, and following up with a 10-2 triumph over Japan’s Mayu Minami in the evening draw.

The 2-0 start left Canada tied for top spot in the standings with Sweden’s Sara McManus and Russia’s Anna Sidorova, the reigning Universiade gold-medallist and 2014 Ford world women’s championship bronze-medallist. Russian third, Margarita Fomina, and lead, Ekaterina Galkina, both members of the Russian Olympic team with Sidorova as well as the world-championship team, are participating in their fifth Universiade competitions, beginning with the 2007 edition in Italy. The competition is open to all students of accredited post-secondary institutions. Russia beat the United States 13-3 and the host team from Spain 22-1.

“We wanted to get off to a strong start,” said Meakin. “That was our goal. It feels great to have two wins under our belt, and we just want to keep it going. The ice is fantastic, and predictable. We’re really reading it well… it’s nice to be able to put the broom down with confidence. The team is playing great.”

The Koreans hung tough and had the Canadians in a 4-4 tie through nine ends, but Meakin executed a perfect hit-and-roll with her first shot of the 10th end, and didn’t need to throw her final rock of the game after Kim’s last-rock miss.

In the win over Japan, Canada took control early with a first-end deuce, then two back-to-back deuces in the sixth and seventh ends before putting the victory away with four in the ninth end

The Canadian women are back on the ice on Friday against Great Britain at 8 a.m. EST.

“Our team is playing really well,” said Kreviazuk. “It feels like we prepared really well for this event, and it’s nice to have some early success.”

In men’s play, meanwhile, Matt Dunstone’s team from Winnipeg fell victim to a hot-shooting U.S. skip Stephen Dropkin in dropping a 6-5 decision in Canada’s lone game of the day.

Dunstone, backed up by third Jim Coleman, second Daniel Grant, lead Chris Gallant and coach Scott Grant, took a big lead early with four in the third end to make it 4-2, but the Americans rallied to tie it with singles in the fifth and sixth ends thanks largely to Dropkin’s late-end heroics.

After Dunstone barely missed on a double-takeout with his first shot in the 10th end, Dropkin was able to protect his steal point, and Dunstone’s Hail Mary attempt at the end was in vain.

The Canadian men play a pair of games on Friday — at 3 a.m. EST against 2013 world junior champion Kyle Smith of Great Britain (0-1) and 1 p.m. EST against Jakub Splavec of the Czech Republic (1-0).

Women’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)

Game 1
CAN 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 – 6
KOR 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 – 4

Game 2
CAN 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 x – 10
JPN 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 x – 2

Men’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)

Game 1
CAN 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 5
USA 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 – 6

Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/

TEAM CANADA SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times local / 6 hours ahead of EST)

Official FISU results & pool standings (women):
http://wuni15.sportresult.com/hide/en/-60/Root/ViewPdf/CUW400000_C74A_02_1.0.pdf

Official FISU results & pool standings (men):
http://wuni15.sportresult.com/hide/en/-60/Root/ViewPdf/CUM400000_C74A_01_1.0.pdf

Women
Feb. 5 (9:00): Canada 6, South Korea 4
Feb. 5 (19:00): Canada 10, Japan 2
Feb. 6 (14:00): Canada vs. Great Britain
Feb. 7 (9:00): Canada vs. Sweden
Feb. 7 (19:00): Canada vs. Switzerland
Feb. 8 (14:00): Canada vs. Spain
Feb. 9 (9:00): Canada vs. Norway
Feb. 9 (19:00): Canada vs. Russia
Feb. 10 (14:00): Canada vs. USA
Feb. 11: Tie-breaking games (if required)
Feb. 12 (9:00): Semifinals
Feb. 12 (16:00): Bronze
Feb. 13 (9:00): Final

Men
Feb. 5 (14:00): USA 6, Canada 5
Feb. 6 (9:00): Canada vs. Great Britain
Feb. 6 (19:00): Canada vs. Czech Republic
Feb. 7 (14:00): Canada vs. Switzerland
Feb. 8 (9:00): Canada vs. Russia
Feb. 8 (19:00): Canada vs. Spain
Feb. 9 (14:00): Canada vs. Norway
Feb. 10 (9:00): Canada vs. Sweden
Feb. 10 (19:00): Canada vs. Japan
Feb. 11: Tie-breaking games (if required)
Feb. 12 (9:00): Semifinals
Feb. 12 (16:00): Bronze
Feb. 13 (16:00): Final

About the Winter Universiade

The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.

The Granada Universiade will feature nine compulsory sports and one optional sport. Compulsory sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, nordic skiing, short track speed skating, figure skating, synchronized skating, snowboarding. Optional sport: freestyle skiing.

NOTE: Biathlon and nordic skiing will take place in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie, Slovakia from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, prior to the start of the Games in Granada.

Official website: www.granada2015.org

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on:

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