Feb 09, 2015
GRANADA, Spain (CIS) – Canada’s women’s curling team posted two more wins on Monday to remain undefeated and secure first place in the round-robin portion of the 27th Winter Universiade tournament, while the Canuck men resumed their impressive comeback towards a semifinal berth.
The trio of curling matches was the only Canadian action on the day in Granada.
In women’s competition, skip Beanne Meakin, a former junior world silver medallist from Winnipeg, and her Carleton University squad improved to 8-0 with one game remaining in the preliminary round thanks to a pair of thrilling victories, 8-7 in an extra end over Norway (4-4) and 9-7 against reigning Universiade champion Russia (6-2).
In the morning match, Canada saw Norway jump out to a quick 3-0 start in the first end but rebounded nicely to take what seemed to be a comfortable 7-4 advantage after eight. The Norwegians refused to go down without a fight however and scored twice in the ninth end before stealing one point in the tenth, forcing the Canadians to work extra time to claim the win.
In the evening session, the Red and White once again erased an early deficit, 3-1 after three, but scored five unanswered points in the middle part of the contest to keep its perfect record.
Team Meakin wraps up round-robin play on Tuesday against the USA (3-5) and will then play in the semifinals on Thursday.
In men’s action, skip Matt Dunstone (Winnipeg) and his University of Manitoba teammates took down previously undefeated Norway (6-1) by a 9-7 score to extend their winning streak to three and improve to 4-3 going into the final day of the round robin. Canada scored two or more points in four different ends, including three in the eighth.
With two matches remaining, the Canucks are tied with Sweden (4-3) for fourth place in the standings. They face the Swedes in a crucial duel on Tuesday morning before closing out the first round in the evening against Japan (3-4).
Tuesday will be another relatively quiet day for the Canadian delegation in Granada before the final stretch begins on Wednesday.
In addition to curling action, Canada’s snowboard teams will participate in their only event of the Universiade, the parallel giant slalom. Qualifications begin at 9:45 a.m. local (3:45 a.m. EST), with the finals set for 1:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. EST).
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9 RESULTS
Women’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)
CAN 0 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 – 8
NOR 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 – 7
CAN 0 1 0 2 1 2 0 2 0 1 – 9
RUS1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 – 7
Canada (8-0) secures first place in preliminary round standings, will faces USA (3-5) on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 8 a.m. EST (2 p.m. local) in ninth and final round-robin match.
Men’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)
CAN 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 3 0 x – 9
NOR 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 x – 7
Canada (4-3) will face Sweden (4-3) and Japan (3-4) on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 3 a.m. EST (9 a.m. local) and 1 p.m. EST (7 p.m. local) in final two round-robin matches.
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
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