Winter Universiade curling: Canadian women move to 3-0, men claim first win

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Feb 06, 2015

GRANADA, Spain (Courtesy of Canadian Curling Association) – The Canadian men’s curling team rebounded from a morning loss to earn its first win at the 27th Winter Universiade, on Friday.

Winnipeg’s Matt Dunstone, backed up by third Jim Coleman, second Daniel Grant, lead Chris Gallant and coach Scott Grant, got off to a quick start against the Czech Republic’s Krystof Chaloupek, stealing three points in the first two ends. A score of three in the sixth put them ahead even further and they coasted to an 8-2 victory over the previously undefeated Czech Republic foursome.

The win marked a solid rebound from a 7-4 loss earlier in the day to Great Britain’s Kyle Smith, the 2013 world junior champion and a finalist at the 2014 world championships. In the morning game, the Canadians fell behind after giving up steals in the first two ends. Trailing 5-3 at the break, the team from Winnipeg couldn’t catch up.

But the win gives Dunstone and his crew some momentum.

“We got off to a rough start, but it’s really nice to get the first win,” he said after the second game of the day. “It’s a long week, and we’ve got some tough battles ahead, but we’re still definitely in this thing. If we can keep improving, getting better each game, we’ll be right there at the end.”

In the women’s competition, Breanne Meakin’s Ottawa-based team — third Lauren Horton, second Lynn Kreviazuk, lead Jessica Armstrong and coach Doug Kreviazuk — dominated in a 9-2 win over Great Britain’s Hazel Smith (0-3). Canada started with a steal of one and never looked back. A score of four in the eighth end put the game out of reach for Great Britain. Canada now sits at the top of the standings, tied with Sweden at 3-0.

The Canadian women play a pair of games on Saturday – at 3 a.m. EST against Sweden’s Sara McManus (3-0) and 3 p.m. EST against Switzerland’s Michele Jaeggi (2-1). Team Canada men will meet Switzerland’s Kim-Lloyd Sciboz (0-3) at 1 p.m. EST on Saturday.

Women’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)

Game 3
CAN 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 1 x x – 9
GBR 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 x x – 2

Men’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)

Game 2
CAN 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 x – 4
GBR 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 x – 7

Game 3
CAN 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 x – 8
CZE 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 x – 2

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_C76A_3.0.pdf

Official FISU results & pool standings (men):
http://wuni15.sportresult.com/HIDE/en/-60/Root/ViewPdf/CUM400000_C76A_3.0.pdf

Women
Feb. 5 (9:00): Canada 6, South Korea 4
Feb. 5 (19:00): Canada 10, Japan 2
Feb. 6 (14:00): Canada 9, Great Britain 0
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): Great Britain 7, Canada 4
Feb. 6 (19:00): Canada 8, Czech Republic 2
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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