The trophy stays in Canada for the fifth straight year
won the World Junior's men's title for the fifth consecutive year after a
defensive but well-played game. It came down to a draw for victory in the
final end and David Hamblin made no mistake. The game ended 3-2 and that's a
tie for the low-scoring record for a World Junior's final.
It was the 12th World title for Canada since the competition began in
1975 and stated the fifth in a row. John Morris won in 98 and 99, Brad Kuhn
in 00 and Brad Gushue in 2001. The Canadian gold medal team consists of
David Hamblin, Ross Derksen, Kevin Hamblin, Ross McCannell and Douglas
The Swedish rink that came second improved on their fifth record and will
most probably be back to get another shot at the gold. The team consists of
the Eric Carlsén, Carl-Axel Dahlin (plays skip's stones), Nils Carlsén,
Emanuel Allberg and Daniel Tenn. Eric and Nils' uncle Per will skip the
Swedish rink in the World's in two weeks.
tried to use a short Swedish cornerguard in the first but the last try
skimmed the guard leaving an open shot. Sweden tried to peel the Canadian
shot but Dahlin was a bit narrow and they hit it on the nose for an opening
point for Sweden.
In the 2nd Sweden tried to use a short centreguard to their advantage but
after a number of tries to come around from the Swedes, Hamblin was able to
blank the end.
After a non-eventful third end, things changed in the 4th when Sweden
were able to hide behind a short guard. Canada wrecked it and Sweden lay a
new one. Canada then freezed the shot on the pot-lid without being shot.
Sweden tried to put another guard but wrecked the guard leaving Derksen with
an open take-out to lie three. Eric Carlsén tried a hit & stick, hit all
three stones, removed two and almost hid behind a guard (1 feet to the right
of the centre-line). Derksen were able to come with a soft take-out and
removed the Swedish stone to lie two. Sweden exchanged the shot, Hamblin was
able to hit & roll to keep his two but now about 5 feet apart in the house.
Sweden tried a hit & roll with their last stone but hit thin and rolled out
leaving Canada to draw for two points. Canada in the lead with 2-1.
The fifth, sixth and seventh ends went quickly by with Sweden blanking
In the 8th, finally things heated up. The Canadians started with a stone
on top of the four-feet-circle. Sweden made a good freeze, Canada guarded
and Sweden tapped the guard to the back of the house. Canadian removed the
Swedish front but left Sweden with an open hit and split to lie two. Sweden
were able to hold the tempo until Derksen were able to hit and roll so that
Canada had shot just inside the best Swedish stone. Sweden tried a take-out
with hack-weight but wrecked the guard (may have been intentional) tapping
the guard to the back of the house. Sweden tried a draw around a corner but
Hamblin were able to peel it. Sweden decided to draw for one point, 2-2.
In the ninth Sweden got two guards but when they got the chance Eric
Carlsén was wide and Canada could remove the shot. Sweden tried again but
was heavy, Canada then selected to peel one guard. Sweden switched shot with
the Candians and Hamblin peeled to blank the end.
In the 10th, Sweden once again put up the guards and Canada missed to
skim them. Sweden tried to draw ending up at the top of the
eight-feet-circle. During the next 8 stones Canada peeled and the Swedes put
up new guards. When Hamblin completely missed his first stone, Sweden got
the chance to draw behind but once again came up a bit short with another
stone on the top of the eight-feet. Hamblin decided to make the draw even
though he was forced to make it from the edge of the house. He made no
mistake, made the draw and Canada was World Champions!!
The results, stats, etc...
Cassandra Johnson brings her team all the way to the gold!
Johnson and her team-mates was almost forgotten in all the hoopla over
Mattsson and Gaudet which probably suited her just fine but the USA team
stacked up an impressive 7-2 record in the round-robin. In the semifinal
Johnson had the upper hand on Gaudet all the way to their 7-6 win.
The final was probably decided by the four-pointer the USA took in the
3rd end. Not only did it bring them to a 4-2 lead, it also gave them the
confidence to keep the Swedish at arms-length distance. The new world
champions are Cassandra Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Katie Beck, Maureen Brunt
and Courtney George.
For Matilda Mattsson's team it was the second loss in a row in a World
Junior's final. Still, three girls of the team will be junior's next season
and may, if they win the Swedish Nationals, make a sixth appearance...
Final result, stats and pictures
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