Canada junior men move into top spot after victory over Germany in Krasnoyarsk

Canada skip, Jacques Gauthier © WCF / Emil Cooper

Canada has taken over the top spot in the standings as they beat Germany 8-5 in Wednesday (19 February) morning’s sixth session of men’s round-robin play at the World Junior Curling Championships 2020 in the Crystal Ice Arena, Krasnoyarsk, Russia to hold a record of 6-1.

Canada scored three points in the fourth and sixth ends to come out on top of Germany, who now hold a 5-2 record, tied in second place with Scotland and Sweden.

United States made a comeback this morning with an 8-7 victory over Italy. It was a close game, but with a score of three points in the ninth end, United States came out on top and improved their record to 3-4, while Italy sits at 1-6.

United States skip, Luc Violette, commented after the game saying, “Obviously, our backs are against the wall. We need a win, but I think just getting that one win after a huge slide helps.”

In another tight game, Russia was victorious over Norway, by a score of 8-7. After giving up two single-point steals in the third and fourth ends, Russia bounced back with three points in the fifth end to lead 4-3 at the break on the way to their win.

Scotland beat Switzerland 7-2, after starting off strong, scoring four points in the first two ends. The Scots are tied for second place in the standings with a 5-2 record while Switzerland sit in a three-way tie for sixth place with their record of 3-4.

Scottish skip, James Craik remarked, “I think we had a very clinical performance, we managed to execute when maybe they had a slight error, but it was very back and forth for the majority of the time.”

Sweden improved their record to 5-2 with a win over New Zealand, who are now at 3-4 alongside United States and Switzerland. Handshakes were forced after the ninth end when Sweden stole a single point to overcome the New Zealanders, by 6-2.

Daniel Magnusson, skip of Sweden spoke in anticipation of their game tonight saying, “We’ll be facing Germany next, so hopefully we can beat them and get ready for playoffs.”

Report by Sports Media Trainee Journalist, Olivia Crook-Simiana

Men’s session seven results: Russia 8-7 Norway; Switzerland 2-7 Scotland; Italy 7-8 United States; Sweden 6-2 New Zealand; Canada 8-5 Germany.

Men’s Standings (W-L):

Canada 6-1
Germany 5-2
Scotland 5-2
Sweden 5-2
Russia 4-3
New Zealand 3-4
Switzerland 3-4
United States 3-4
Italy 1-6
Norway 0-7

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Krasnoyarsk, Russia

19 February 2020