Winter Universiade curling: Canadian women clinch first place, men win third straight

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Feb 09, 2015

GRANADA, Spain (Courtesy of Canadian Curling Association) – After winning two close games on Monday, the Canadian women’s curling team has qualified for the playoffs at the 27th Winter Universiade and remains undefeated with one day left in the round robin.

The morning game saw Canada’s Breanne Meakin and her Ottawa-based team of third Lauren Horton, second Lynn Kreviazuk, lead Jessica Armstrong and coach Doug Kreviazuk squeak by a strong Norwegian team. In the evening match-up, the Canadians battled the second-place Russians, skipped by Anna Sidorova, bronze medallist at the 2014 World Women’s Curling Championship in Saint John, N.B.

The Norwegians, led by skip Pia Trulsen (4-4), gave Team Canada all they could handle. Trulsen opened the scoring with three, but Canada fought back quickly. Tied 4-4 at the break, the teams then went on a stealing spree, with Canada taking three straight singles before finally giving up a deuce. A stolen point in nine tied the game for Norway, but Meakin used hammer to get the single point in the extra end and keep Canada’s unbeaten streak alive.

The game against Russia’s Sidorova was also a battle that started off slowly for the first few ends. But Canada surged ahead with five points in three ends – scoring a deuce in four and stealing the next two ends. The Russians made it close with a deuce in nine to trail by one heading into the final end, but Canada never relinquished the lead and held on for the 8-7 win.

On the men’s side, Canada won its third in a row and handed Norway’s Steffen Walstad his first loss of the round robin on Monday afternoon. Matt Dunstone and his Winnipeg team of Daniel Grant, Jim Coleman, Chris Gallant and coach Scott Grant scored multiple points with hammer and held Walstad to singles until late in the game. A score of three by Canada in the eighth sealed the 9-7 victory.

“It feels good, we’re obviously playing better,” said Dunstone after the game. “We’ve still got a long way to go. We’re probably going to need two wins tomorrow if we want to end up in the playoff round. We’re going to try to keep up what we’ve been doing.”

The Canadian men, now 4-3 in the standings, trail Norway, Russia and the United Kingdom, and are tied for fourth place with Sweden – one of the teams they will meet in the final games of the round robin on Tuesday

“We’re going to have to keep up the intensity,” said Dunstone about the finishing off the round robin. “We have to play Sweden in the morning, and they’re in the same situation. They need a win too, or else we’re pretty much done. That’ll be a huge game.”

The men play Sweden’s Patric Mabergs at 3 a.m. EST and finish off the round robin against Japan’s Yasumasa Tanida (3-4) at 3 p.m. EST. The women will meet USA’s Emily Walker at 9 a.m. EST.

Women’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)

Game 7
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

Game 8
CAN 0 1 0 2 1 2 0 2 0 1 – 9
RUS1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 – 7

Men’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)

Game 7
CAN 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 3 0 x – 9
NOR 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 x – 7

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_8.0.pdf

Official FISU results & pool standings (men):
http://wuni15.sportresult.com/HIDE/en/-60/Root/ViewPdf/CUM400000_C76A_7.0.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 8, Norway 7
Feb. 9 (19:00): Canada 9, Russia 7
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 9, Norway 7
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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