Winter Universiade curling: Canadian men back in contention, women remain undefeated

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Feb 08, 2015

GRANADA, Spain (Courtesy of Canadian Curling Association) – On a must-win day, the Canadian men’s curling team came through with two solid victories to climb back into contention at the 27th Winter Universiade, on Sunday.

Matt Dunstone and his University of Manitoba team of third Jim Coleman, second Daniel Grant, lead Chris Gallant and coach Scott Grant came into its morning game against the Russian Federation’s Evgeny Arkhipov with a 1-3 record and in desperate need of some wins.

They delivered, posting a solid 9-5 victory over the Russians and following that with an impressive 11-2 win over Spain’s Sergio Vez in evening play.

“We got off to a rough start and we lost some games that I expected to win, but this match-up against Russia was one of those games that was a toss-up in my mind,” said coach Grant. “That Russian team is their Olympic team, and a great team. So this was a great win for us. We made a few little adjustments coming into the match, and Matthew’s confidence finally got back to where it should be, and the guys played great.”

“We knew we had to come out big today,” said Dunstone after the morning game. “We knew we were playing one of the best teams at the tournament today, and we had to raise our game to play them. I thought we did a great job as a team stepping up and playing big when we needed to.”

“It’s not how you start a tournament, but how you finish,” the skip said. “We’re hoping this is the start of something good for us, as we’re still in it. I like where we’re at right now. It was a must win. The three loss mark is where you have limit yourself, so we knew we were on our last legs today.”

In the game with Spain, Canada controlled play, taking multiple points with hammer and securing the win with a six-ender in the seventh.

On the women’s side, skip Breanne Meakin, third Lauren Horton, second Lynn Kreviazuk, lead Jessica Armstrong and coach Doug Kreviazuk continued their roll through the field, dominating in a six-end 16-2 win over the host country’s Patricia Arbues.

Meakin and her Ottawa-based team remain undefeated at the top of the standings, followed closely by the Russian Federation’s Anna Sidorova and Sweden’s Sara McManus, both with 5-1 records.

On Monday, the Canadian women face Norway’s Pia Trulsen (3-3) at 3 a.m. EST and Sidorova in the evening game at 3 p.m. EST. The men will try to keep the wins coming with one game against Norway’s Steffen Walstad at 9 a.m. EST.

Women’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)

Game 6
CAN 3 0 5 2 4 2 x x x x – 16
ESP 0 2 0 0 0 0 x x x x – 2

Men’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)

Game 5
CAN 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 – 6
RUS 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 – 5

Game 6
CAN 2 0 3 0 0 0 6 x x x – 11
ESP 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 x x 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_6.0.pdf

Official FISU results & pool standings (men):
http://wuni15.sportresult.com/HIDE/en/-60/Root/ViewPdf/CUM400000_C76A_6.0.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 9, Sweden 3
Feb. 7 (19:00): Canada 6, Switzerland 4
Feb. 8 (14:00): Canada 16, Spain 2
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): Switzerland 8, Canada 6
Feb. 8 (9:00): Canada 9, Russia 5
Feb. 8 (19:00): Canada 11, Spain 2
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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