Canada strikes double gold in Flims
Steve Laycock along with Chris Haichert, Michael Jantzen, Kyler Broad and the
alternate Ben Hebert today became World Junior Champions after defeating Sweden
5-4 in the finals. It was a tight game that was decided by lost opportunities.
In the tenth both Sweden and Canada had chances to win the game. When Carl-Axel
Dahlin, the Swedish fourth was to play his last stone Sweden was already
counting one stone and Dahlin had a tough but makeable draw to clinch the game.
He found the way into the tee but was hard and Sweden had to settle for one
point sending the game into an extra end.
the extra end Sweden failed to get their guards up and then Canada had no
problems peeling away anything the Swedes put up and Steve Laycock had an open
hit & stick to win the championships. This was the seventh straight gold medal
for the Canadian Junior men. For Eric Carlsén and his team it was the second
straight finals loss in the World Junior's and it was also the last chance for
Eric and Carl-Axel to compete in the Junior's. The Swedish front players Emanuel
Allberg and Nils Carlsén can get another chance if they find new players for
In the bronze game Switzerland won against Norway 7-4 to claim the bronze
medals. Jan Hauser played excellent all week and was backed by his team with
Pascal Hess, Fabian Kuster and Remo Schmid.
Canadian women first undefeated champions
a finish to the championships! The game between Canada and USA was tied 4-4
coming home in the tenth and USA needed to steal to win. USA got some guards up
but Canada was able to remove them but there were a couple of stones in play
with Canada having the shot. USA tried to tap their best stone in the house
towards the Canada shot came up short and Marliese Miller guarded the shot with
her first stone leaving Cassie Johnson with a long and angled raise to be able
to get a shot with her final stone. Cassie executed beautifully, removed the
Canadian shot leaving two USA counters just behind the best Canadian shot. The
guard that Canada had put up now worked against them and Miller faced a
difficult take-out where she could only see about half of her own stone. She
played a hard takeout, got the hit where she wanted and Teejay Surik, the
Canadian vice-skip could sweep the USA shot to end up further from the center
than the best Canadian stone and Canada won 5-4. The two last stones simply were
master shots and either way it would have been a worthy champion.
Marliese Miller along with her team-mates Teejay Surik,
Janelle Lemon, Chelsey Bell and the alternate Tammy Schneider is the first
women's team to go undefeated through a World Junior Curling Championship. The
closest before them were Sweden's Margaretha Lindahl that lost the final in 1995
by a measurement. USA had the chance to become the first back to back winner but
it was not to happen this time around.
first point of the game came already in the first end when Marliese Miller of
Canada sticked with a peel to give Canada a single. USA blanked the second and
in the third Canada tried to bury the stone behind a short guard with Miller's
last but the stone was visible. Cassie Johnson tried to blank but the stone
sticked in the back of the house equalising the game one all.
Canada blanked the fourth after some try's to get behind a
corner guard. In the fifth Canada gets a chance to count two when they could
draw behind a guard with Teejay Surik but she came up short. Cassie Johnson took
the chance to draw around the same guard, buried the stone but it was behind the
tee-line so Miller decided to freeze it (or at least draw to the line), but
Miller also comes up short and USA still counts one. Johnson locks the whole
situation with her last stone forcing Miller to draw to the four-foot for one
Canadian point and lead halfway through with 2-1.
USA blanked the sixth and looked as it was going to be the
same in the seventh when Miller missed her last take-out leaving a draw
for two points in an empty house for Cassie Johnson, USA took the lead 3-2. In
the eighth Canada got two stones counting early and kept it all the way even
though Miller had some luck on her final stone when she came slightly wide and
sticked on a stone to the side of the house to get her deuce to take the lead
In the ninth Cassie Johnson was forced to draw to the
button for a single point to tie the game coming home and the tenth end was just
fun, exciting and just such a final end that one wants to see in a championship
(as described at the top of the page).
Italy defeated Sweden in the bronze game 7-4 to improve on
their fourth position last year. Diana Gaspari and three out the four team-mates
will go to Winnipeg to represent Italy in the World's this year, quite a busy
month for the Italians.
Former World Junior Champions
Unfortunately I haven't entered all the World Junior's into the statistics
database yet so you can't use that but if you wish to see all the former
champions of the World Junior's they are listed here: