An opening six-ender propelled Team Tardi to an easy 10-3 victory over Korea in just six ends at the World Junior Curling Championships in Aberdeen, Scotland on Wednesday, improving Canada’s record to 5-2 in the international event.
Canada is tied for second place along with the United States, behind undefeated Scotland (7-0) and ahead of Switzerland (4-3).
“Not at all,” third Sterling Middleton said when asked if he ever expected a six in the first end. “They did throw a tight centre guard in the first end and they looked like they wanted to be aggressive.
“We made almost every shot in the first end and they had a couple of misses. Our rocks piled up and they missed their last one giving us a free draw for six, which was way better than I expected.”
The team was back to its regular rotation with Tyler Tardi at skip, Middleton at third, Jordan Tardi at second and Zachary Curtis at lead. Alternate Jacques Gauthier sat the game out.
“We were prepared to play the Koreans,” said Middleton of the big win. “We had a little intell on them and the strategies they like to play and their game style. We were really just focused on re-settings and trying new things and new systems in place.”
It all worked terrifically for the Langley based team, which will face Russia (1-6) and Germany (3-4) on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Kaitlyn Jones’ junior women’s team, with Kristin Clarke, Karlee Burgess and Lindsey Burgess of Nova scotia representing Canada, defeated Norway 8-6 to officially clinch a playoff spot with a 7-1 record, behind just Sweden (8-0). Those two top teams will clash on Thursday.