A 7-5 loss to China was followed up with an 8-7 extra-end win over Norway on Tuesday as Tyler Tardi’s Langley-based team saw its record at the World Junior Curling Championships in Aberdeen, Scotland, sit at 4-2 after Tuesday play.
Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Jordan Tardi, lead Zachary Curtis, alternate Jacques Cloutier, coach Paul Tardi and team leader/coach Melissa Soligo now have Canada tied for second place with Switzerland and the United States, behind 6-0 Scotland.
Canada faces Korea (2-4) in its lone game on Wednesday.
Gauthier played at second in the Tuesday win as the team is fighting a lingering bug that has spread at the event.
“The first game today, China curled outstanding. They didn’t miss a shot until the 10th end when they missed two peels. Their draws were at about 95 to 98 per cent. We had our chances, but couldn’t pull it off,” said Soligo.
“In the night game, Jacques played for Jordan as the flu bug is still brutal. We went out and had a strong game against Norway,” said Soligo, who added a jam on a takeout allowed Norway to tie it with a deuce in the 10th. “It was a great draw to the four foot against one in the 11th to win.
“We’re feeling pretty good, trying to figure out the ice. Every day seems a bit different,” added Soligo, who is now taking over the head coaching duties while Paul Tardi leaves the country for a couple of days.
Meanwhile, Canada’s junior womens’s team, skipped by Kaitlyn Jones, defeated Russia’s Vlada Rumiantseva 9-6 to improve to 5-1, second behind just 6-0 Sweden.