2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en Canadian Curling Association Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:43:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Manitoba wins second straight men’s title at M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/26/manitoba-wins-second-straight-mens-title-at-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/26/manitoba-wins-second-straight-mens-title-at-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:05:48 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=960 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — A new face, but the same province, has emerged as the men’s champion at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships.

Team Manitoba, Canadian champs, from left, skip Braden Calvert, third Kyle Kurz, second Lucas Van Den Bosch and lead Brendan Wilson. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O'Neill)

Team Manitoba, Canadian champs, from left, skip Braden Calvert, third Kyle Kurz, second Lucas Van Den Bosch and lead Brendan Wilson. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O’Neill)

Manitoba’s Braden Calvert and his team from Winnipeg — third Kyle Kurz, second Lucas Van Den Bosch, lead Brendan Wilson and coach Tom Clasper — beat New Brunswick’s René Comeau 7-5 on Sunday afternoon at Queens Place Emera Centre in the men’s gold-medal game.

It gave Manitoba back-to-back men’s titles at the Canadian Juniors, following Matt Dunstone’s victory a year ago in Fort McMurray, Alta.

“It’s a dream come true, really,” said an ecstatic Calvert, whose team will join women’s champ Kelsey Rocque of Alberta at the 2014 World Junior Curling Championships, beginning Feb. 26 in Flims, Switzerland. “The guys just played really well all week, and we managed to do it. Unbelievable. I’m in shock right now.”

New Brunswick skip René Comeau, front, calls instructions to his sweepers as Manitoba skip Braden Calvert looks on. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O'Neill)

New Brunswick skip René Comeau, front, calls instructions to his sweepers as Manitoba skip Braden Calvert looks on. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O’Neill)

It wasn’t a perfect start for the Manitobans, who’d had the berth in the final clinched since Wednesday; the 18-year-old Calvert nose-hit a blank attempt in the first end, surrendered a deuce to New Brunswick in the second, and was held to one in the third.

“To be honest, it was a bit of a grind,” admitted Calvert, an agriculture student at the University of Manitoba. “We tried to stay sharp with practices, but you can’t really prepare for what just happened. I think we came out a little sluggish, to be honest. But we managed to grind one out.”

In the fourth, Manitoba put the heat on Comeau, and the New Brunswick skip couldn’t respond. His hit attempt missed everything and gave Manitoba a game-turning steal of four.

“Really, it was just one shot,” said Comeau, whose team from Fredericton was rounded out by third Daniel Wenzek, second Jordan Craft, lead Ryan Freeze and coach Damien Lahiton. “We battled hard and tried to come back. But they’re a great hitting team. Once you get down to them, it’s hard to come back.”

New Brunswick fought back, getting a deuce in the fourth end, and then stealing one in the sixth when Calvert couldn’t make a draw to bite the pin.

But Calvert made a clutch delicate tap in the eighth to take back some momentum, and his teammates went to work in the ninth and 10th ends to keep the house clean. Calvert finished the game with an open takeout to run New Brunswick out of rocks.

“I was just happy we were on the podium,” said Comeau. “I’m definitely excited about our future; we learned this week that we can compete with the best teams in Canada. Lots to come — it won’t be the last you hear from us.”

Now, the Manitobans’ sights will turn to Switzerland and the chance to wear Canadian colours on the world stage.

“I definitely think I’m ready, and I think our team is, too,” said Calvert. “We just practise so well and so much that I think we’ll be prepared for the challenge.”

Alberta’s Carter Lautner (Calgary), backed up by third Taylor Ardiel, second David Aho, lead Kyle Morrison and coach Jim Lautner, won the bronze medal after losing to New Brunswick in Sunday morning’s semifinal.

Canada has won a leading 17 world junior men’s titles since 1975 and eight women’s crowns (one behind Scotland) since 1988. The last Canadian teams to win world junior titles were skipped by Saskatchewan’s Marliese Kasner (Miller) in 2003 in Flims, Switzerland, and by Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher in Östersund, Sweden, in 2012.
For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

The 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors are scheduled for Jan. 24 to Feb. 1 in Corner Brook, N.L.

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

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Sinclair, de Jong capture mixed doubles gold at M&M Meat Shops Canadian juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/26/sinclair-de-jong-capture-mixed-doubles-gold-at-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/26/sinclair-de-jong-capture-mixed-doubles-gold-at-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:10:29 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=950 The pairing of Andrea Sinclair (Yukon) and Cameron de Jong (B.C.) won the gold medal on Sunday in the mixed doubles tournament at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships.

Mixed doubles gold-medallists, from left, Cameron de Jong, Andrea Sinclair and coach Kevin Patterson. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O'Neill)

Mixed doubles gold-medallists, from left, Cameron de Jong, Andrea Sinclair and coach Kevin Patterson. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O’Neill)

Sinclair and de Jong, with Kevin Patterson of the Yukon serving as their coach, defeated Chloé McCloskey (P.E.I.) and Evan Kearley (Newfoundland/Labrador) 5-4 in the gold-medal game. Bill Hope (P.E.I.) coached the McCloskey/Kearley team.

Mixed doubles silver-medallists, from left, Evan Kearley, Chloé McCloskey and coach Bill Hope. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O'Neill)

Mixed doubles silver-medallists, from left, Evan Kearley, Chloé McCloskey and coach Bill Hope. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O’Neill)

In the bronze-medal game, Hilary Charlie (Northwest Territories) and Robert Mayhew (Nova Scotia), with Jeff Hartung (Saskatchewan) as their coach, needed an extra end for a 7-6 win over Laura Masters (Northern Ontario) and Tyler Hartung (Saskatchewan), with Kevin Bussey (Nunavut) as their coach.

The mixed doubles tournament featured all of the players who didn’t qualify for the playoffs at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, participating in a 44-team single-knockout draw.

Mixed doubles bronze-medallists, from left, Robert Mayhew, Hilary Charlie and coach Jeff Hartung. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O'Neill)

Mixed doubles bronze-medallists, from left, Robert Mayhew, Hilary Charlie and coach Jeff Hartung. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O’Neill)

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed doubles fourth-place finishers, from left, Tyler Hartung, Laura Masters and coach Kevin Bussey. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O'Neill)

Mixed doubles fourth-place finishers, from left, Tyler Hartung, Laura Masters and coach Kevin Bussey. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O’Neill)

 

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New Brunswick reaches men’s final at 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/26/new-brunswick-reaches-mens-final-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/26/new-brunswick-reaches-mens-final-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:44:51 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=940 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — René Comeau and his New Brunswick team from Fredericton are a win away from gold.

New Brunswick skip René Comeau delivers rock to sweepers Ryan Freeze, left, and Jordan Craft during Sunday's semifinal. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O'Neill)

New Brunswick skip René Comeau delivers rock to sweepers Ryan Freeze, left, and Jordan Craft during Sunday’s semifinal. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O’Neill)

Comeau, backed up by third Daniel Wenzek, second Jordan Craft, lead Ryan Freeze and coach Damien Lahiton, cruised to a 9-4 win over Alberta’s Carter Lautner (Calgary) on Sunday morning at Queens Place Emera Centre in the men’s semifinal at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships.

The win means New Brunswick will take on Manitoba’s Braden Calvert (Winnipeg) in the championship final later Sunday (4 p.m. Atlantic, TSN/RDS2) for the Canadian title and the right to represent our country at the 2014 World Junior Championships, beginning Feb. 26 in Flims, Switzerland.

Alberta skip Carter Lautner. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O'Neill)

Alberta skip Carter Lautner. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O’Neill)

“It feels really good. We took control early and just really had to stay focused, make all our peels, make all our hits,” said Comeau, a community tennis ambassador for the Capital Region Tennis Association. “And now we’re just really happy that we’re through to the final.”

New Brunswick took control early and never relinquished it. Comeau made a delicate tap to pick up a deuce in the second end, then stole two more in the third when Lautner was heavy with his draw.

The crushing blow was delivered in the fourth when Lautner was light on his last-rock draw, giving a stolen three to New Brunswick.

“I can’t really put my finger on it. Just came out flat — draw weight was a mystery, obviously, in the third and fourth ends,” said Lautner, who was backed up by third Taylor Ardiel, second David Aho, lead Kyle Morrison and coach (and father) Jim Lautner. “But being my first trip to any kind of national competition, we had a blast. They treated us like royalty here. The people were so friendly here, we had a great time, and I wouldn’t trade any of this for the world.”

New Brunswick will be attempting to win its fourth Canadian junior men’s title, and first since Ryan Sherrard prevailed in 2004 at Victoria.

Manitoba, meanwhile, will be looking for back-to-back men’s titles at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors after Winnipeg’s Matt Dunstone won last year in Fort McMurray, Alta.

“We’re going to go into the final with the hopes that we can take it,” said Comeau, whose team bowed 6-4 to Manitoba in round-robin play on Wednesday. “But we’re just really excited to be there, happy to be on the podium, and whatever happens, happens. It’s all gravy from here.

Canada has won a leading 17 world junior men’s titles since 1975 and eight women’s crowns (one behind Scotland) since 1988. The last Canadian teams to win world junior titles were skipped by Saskatchewan’s Marliese Kasner (Miller) in 2003 in Flims, Switzerland, and by Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher in Östersund, Sweden, in 2012.
For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

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Alberta captures women’s gold medal at 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/25/alberta-captures-womens-gold-medal-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/25/alberta-captures-womens-gold-medal-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:04:47 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=925 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — Next stop, Switzerland.

Kelsey Rocque’s Alberta team from Edmonton struck gold on Saturday night at Queens Place Emera Centre, winning the women’s final at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships.

 

Team Alberta, from left, skip Kelsey Rocque, third Keely Brown, second Taylor McDonald and lead Claire Tully. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O'Neill)

Team Alberta, from left, skip Kelsey Rocque, third Keely Brown, second Taylor McDonald and lead Claire Tully. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O’Neill)

A 7-6 win over British Columbia’s Kalia Van Osch means Rocque, third Keely Brown, second Taylor McDonald, lead Claire Tully and coach Amanda-Dawn Coderre will wear Canadian colours at the World Junior Curling Championships, which begin Feb. 26 in Flims, Switzerland.

It was Alberta’s seventh Canadian junior women’s title, and first since Jocelyn Peterman of Red Deer won in 2012 in Napanee, Ont.

“We’re really excited,” marvelled Rocque, a third cousin to legendary Alberta lead Marcel Rocque. “No kidding, it’s a dream come true, for sure. It honestly hasn’t hit me, and it probably won’t for a couple days. It’s just so surreal right now.”

Alberta never trailed on Saturday night, opening the scoring with a deuce in the third end, holding B.C. to one in the fourth and then padding its lead with a fifth-end deuce.

But Van Osch — whose Nanaimo/Delta team was rounded out by third (and younger sister) Marika Van Osch, second Sarah Daniels, lead Ashley Sanderson and coach Jim Newlands — struck back with a lovely double takeout to score a game-tying three in the sixth.

Alberta restored its lead immediately with a deuce in the seventh — a key factor, said Rocque.

“That was really big for us,” said Rocque, as text messages (111 in the moments following the game) piled up in her mobile phone. “It was really important (to keep the momentum); the girls played great and we didn’t give up; we kept plugging along.”

B.C. skip Kalia Van Osch calls instructions to sweepers during the women's final. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O'Neill)

B.C. skip Kalia Van Osch calls instructions to sweepers during the women’s final. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns Photography/Mark O’Neill)

B.C. came back to tie it with two in the eighth — it could have been three but Kalia Van Osch was heavy with her last draw.

Alberta blanked the ninth end to carry hammer into the 10th. A double peel from McDonald kept things wide open, but Rocque missed on her first delivery, a peel attempt that left a B.C. rock in the top 12-foot. Van Osch was perfect on her draw weight, but couldn’t bury her inturn draw, giving Rocque a nearly wide-open inturn hit for the Canadian title.

“So close,” said Van Osch. “It was as close as we could make it and she made the last shot for the win, and that’s all you ask for as a skip. But it was an amazing experience. The girls performed so well the entire week; they played amazing, and it was just a wonderful time. Nationals is something every junior curler wants to take part in, and we’ve all had the opportunity to that this year.

“They’ll be a great team at worlds and a great representative for Canada,” added Van Osch. “We wish them all the best.”

Nova Scotia’s Mary Fay team from Chester (third Jenn Smith, second Karlee Burgess, lead Janique LeBlanc, coach Andrew Atherton) captured the bronze medal. Nova Scotia bowed 8-4 to B.C. in an extra end in the semifinal earlier on Saturday.

The men’s playoffs are set for Sunday at Queens Place Emera Centre. The semifinal at 9:30 a.m. features Alberta’s Carter Lautner (Cagary) against New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau, with the winner playing Manitoba’s Braden Calvert at 4 p.m. (TSN/RDS2).

Canada has won a leading 17 world junior men’s titles since 1975 and eight women’s crowns (one behind Scotland) since 1988. The last Canadian teams to win world junior titles were skipped by Saskatchewan’s Marliese Kasner (Miller) in 2003 in Flims, Switzerland, and by Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher in Östersund, Sweden, in 2012.
For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

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B.C. advances to women’s gold-medal game at M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/25/b-c-advances-to-womens-gold-medal-game-at-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/25/b-c-advances-to-womens-gold-medal-game-at-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:15:01 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=903 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — Kalia Van Osch and Team B.C. were able to take a significant step forward at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships.

B.C. skip Kalia Van Osch, front, calls instructions to sweepers as Nova Scotia skip Mary Fay looks on during the women's semifinal on Saturday. (Photo, CCA/Mark O'Neill/Michael Burns Photography)

B.C. skip Kalia Van Osch, front, calls instructions to sweepers as Nova Scotia skip Mary Fay looks on during the women’s semifinal on Saturday. (Photo, CCA/Mark O’Neill/Michael Burns Photography)

The Nanaimo/Delta-based team featuring Van Osch, her younger sister Marika at third, second Sarah Daniels, lead Ashley Sanderson and coach Jim Newlands, posted a dramatic 8-4 extra-end win over home-province favourite Mary Fay and her Nova Scotia team from Chester on Saturday morning at Queens Place Emera in the women’s semifinal.

The win lands the B.C. team in the gold-medal game at 4 p.m. (all times Atlantic, TSN/RDS2) against Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque (Edmonton).

Two years ago in Napanee, Ont., the Van Osch sisters, along with older sister Kesa, lost the semifinal at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors to eventual champion Jocelyn Peterman of Alberta.

“Well, it’s an amazing feeling,” said Kalia Van Osch. “I’ve played in a semi and lost, and now to win a semi and to able to play on TSN, and to have this opportunity to represent you country, it’s an amazing feeling, and we’ll go out there and play our hearts out in the final.”

It was a struggle against the young Nova Scotians, who had the crowd on their side. B.C. opened the game with a deuce, but fell victim to a stunning shot from Fay in the third end, an angle-raise double takeout to score a game-tying deuce and bring the near-capacity crowd to its feet.

“That was an amazing shot she made, that was a game-changing shot, for sure,” praised Van Osch.

Fay was one down with hammer coming home but could only manage a single. In the 11th, she had a rock buried at the back four, but Van Osch was able to make a raise-takeout to score four for the win.

“You know what? Surprisingly, I was calm,” said Van Osch of her last shot. “I had a few misses earlier in the week when I didn’t make the last shot, but in a playoff game, I’m not going to miss. I’m going to throw the best that I can, and I threw that as well as I could and it happened.”

The 15-year-old Fay, backed up by third Jenn Smith (15), second Karlee Burgess (15), lead Janique LeBlanc (16) and coach Andrew Atherton, takes home a bronze medal from her first trip to the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors.

“The girls played great; we were just happy that we got to play in the semifinal,” she said. “It was an awesome experience. We had so much fun and we learned a whole lot. We just hope to be back and take advantage of the experience.”

The men’s playoffs are set for Sunday at Queens Place Emera Centre. The semifinal at 9:30 a.m. features Alberta’s Carter Lautner (Calgary) against New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau, with the winner playing Manitoba’s Braden Calvert at 4 p.m. (TSN/RDS2).

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

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All-stars, award winners announced at 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Championships http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/24/all-stars-award-winners-announced-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-junior-championships/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/24/all-stars-award-winners-announced-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-junior-championships/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2014 01:00:36 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=870 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — The all-stars and other award winners at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships were announced on Friday at the awards banquet at the West Queens Recreation Centre.

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All-Stars

(determined by shooting percentages during the round robin)

Women

First Team
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CCA Governor – Shirley Osborne
Skip — Kelsey Rocque, Alberta (79 per cent)
Third — Marika Van Osch, British Columbia (81 per cent)
Second — Sarah Daniels, British Columbia (80 per cent)
Lead — Karlee Korchinski, Saskatchewan (82 per cent)
M&M Meat Shops – Ian Mitchell

Second Team
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CCA Governor – Shirley Osborne
Skip — Mary Fay, Nova Scotia (73 per cent)
Third — Amy Heitzner, Ontario (77 per cent)
Second —Karlee Burgess, Nova Scotia (76 per cent)
Lead — Ashley Sanderson, British Columbia (80 per cent)
M&M Meat Shops – Ian Mitchell

Men
First Team
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CCA Governor – Shirley Osborne
Skip — Carter Lautner, Alberta (80 per cent)
Third — Michael Brophy, Nova Scotia (80 per cent)
Second — Lucas Van Den Bosch, Manitoba (81 per cent)
Lead — Jason Olsthoorn, Quebec (81 per cent)*
M&M Meat Shops – Ian Mitchell

Second Team

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CCA Governor – Shirley Osborne
Skip — Ryan McCrady, Ontario (77 per cent)
Third — Daniel Wenzek, New Brunswick (79 per cent)
Second — David Aho, Alberta (79 per cent)
Lead — Cole Lyon-Hatcher, Ontario (81 per cent)
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M&M Meat Shops – Ian Mitchell
* In the case of a percentage tie, the all-star position goes to the player with the highest plus/minus for the week (a player receives a +1 for every game in which he/she outcurls the positional opponent by five per cent or more). Should they still be tied, the pre-event draw to the button results are used to determine the all-star.

Ken Watson Sportsmanship Awards

(voted by the players)

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Women – Patty Wallingham, Yukon
CCA Governor – Shirley Osborne
Men – Taylor Ardiel, Alberta

Fair Play Awards

(selected by the officials)

Men

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Skip — Rene Comeau, New Brunswick
Third — Connor Faulkner, Nunavut
Second  — Alex Sutherland, Prince Edward Island
Lead — Deklen Crocker, Northwest Territories
Coach — Tom Clasper, Manitoba
presented by Chief Umpire Gordon Woodworth

Women

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Skip — Carina McKay-Saturnino, Northwest Territories
Third — Abby Ackland, Manitoba
Second — Danielle Lafleur, Manitoba
Lead — Hilary Charlie, Northwest Territories
Coach — Dale McEwen, Manitoba
presented by Chief Umpire Gordon Woodworth

ASHAM National Coaching Awards

(voted by the coaches)

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Women – Nick Saturnino, Northwest Territories
CCA Chair of the Board of Governors – Hugh Avery
Men – Tom Clasper, Manitoba

Joan Mead Legacy Awards

(selected by the event officials)

($500 scholarship)

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Women – Cathlia Ward, New Brunswick
CCA Chair of the Board of Governors – Hugh Avery
Men – Cole Lyon-Hatcher, Ontario

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

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Yukon women finish off with victory at 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/24/yukon-women-finish-off-with-victory-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/24/yukon-women-finish-off-with-victory-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:48:58 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=862 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — One Canadian championship is all but over; now Sarah Koltun can turn her focus to another one, beginning next week in Montreal.

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Yukon skip Sarah Koltun delivers rock to sweepers Jenna Duncan, left, and Andrea Sinclair. (Photo, CCA)

Koltun’s team from the Yukon (third Patty Wallingham, second Jenna Duncan, lead Andrea Sinclair, coach Lindsay Moldowan) completed its 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships round-robin schedule on Friday at Queens Place with a 10-5 win over Newfoundland/Labrador’s Sarah Hill (2-7, St. John’s).

The Yukon’s 5-4 record wasn’t good enough to make the playoffs, and Koltun and Co. will spend this weekend playing in a mixed doubles tournament with fellow non-playoff teams.

But Monday, another journey begins as Koltun’s team travels to Montreal to begin preparations for its first Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

“I kept having to remind myself that we’re actually going there afterwards,” said a smiling Koltun on Friday. “Now that this is kind of done, I’m realizing that we’re actually going there right away, and we’re just so excited.”

It won’t be the identical team that opens play at Maurice Richard Arena on Feb. 1 against Alberta’s Val Sweeting. Chelsea Duncan (Jenna’s sister), who played at the juniors last year but aged out, will step in at third; Wallingham moves to second, and Moldowan will be the team alternate.

The team arrived in Liverpool with high hopes, but stumbled out of the gate to open the event.

“But we played pretty well toward the end; we just had a bit of a slow start and we weren’t able to overcome that,” said Koltun, 20. “We just did the best we could and tried to learn as much as we could, and we’ll try to use that going forward into the Scotties next week.

“The break will be nice, but we’re definitely excited and we’ll be ready to be back on the ice in Montreal. We’re so excited; I can’t even describe it how exciting it is.”

In other women’s games on Friday afternoon — all in the seeding pool to determine the final rankings and set the seedings for the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors in Corner Brook, N.L. — Northern Ontario’s Krysta Burns (4-5, Sudbury) beat Nunavut’s Sadie Pinksen (0-9, Iqaluit), and P.E.I.’s Veronica Smith (5-4, Cornwall) knocked off the Northwest Territories’ Carina McKay-Saturnino (2-7, Inuvik).

In men’s seeding play, the Yukon’s Joe Wallingham (5-4, Whitehorse) toppled Nunavut’s Jamie Airut (0-9, Rankin Inlet), and P.E.I.’s Kyle Holland (3-6, Charlottetown) stole points in the final four ends for a 9-8 win over Quebec’s Adam Freilich (3-6, Montreal/Boucherville).

The playoffs get underway on Saturday at Queens Place Emera Centre. In the women’s semifinal at 9:30 a.m. (all times Atlantic), Nova Scotia’s Mary Fay (8-2, Chester) takes on B.C.’s Kalia Van Osch (8-2, Nanaimo/Delta). The winner advances to the gold-medal game at 4 p.m. against Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque (9-1, Edmonton).

On Sunday, the men’s 9:30 a.m. semifinal features Alberta’s Carter Lautner (7-3, Calgary) and New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau (7-3, Fredericton), with the winner taking on Manitoba’s Braden Calvert (9-1, Winnipeg) at 4 p.m. for the gold medal.

Both gold-medal games will be televised by TSN/RDS2.

Round-robin games took place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

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Aho’s eighth appearance nets first playoff berth at 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Championships http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/24/ahos-eighth-appearance-nets-first-playoff-berth-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-junior-championships/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/24/ahos-eighth-appearance-nets-first-playoff-berth-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-junior-championships/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:34:49 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=843 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — David Aho is in uncharted waters at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships.

Alberta skip Carter Lautner, middle, encourages sweepers Kyle Morrison, left, and David Aho. (Photo, CCA)

Alberta skip Carter Lautner, middle, encourages sweepers Kyle Morrison, left, and David Aho. (Photo, CCA)

In fact, he was in uncharted waters the moment he stepped onto the ice here; the Team Alberta second set two records, making his eighth appearance at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, and also becoming the first player to play for three different teams — his first six appearances were on behalf of the Northwest Territories, followed by playing for the Yukon in 2012 at Napanee, Ont., and then Alberta in 2014.

But as of Friday morning at Queens Place Emera Centre, Aho, 20, is in another new place: the playoffs.

Team Alberta — skip Carter Lautner, third Taylor Ardiel, Aho, lead Kyle Morrison and coach Jim Lautner — clinched a berth in Sunday’s 9:30 a.m (all times Atlantic) semifinal with a 7-2 win over Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan (5-5, Sudbury).

“It’s fantastic; it’s great to finally make the playoffs,” said a happy Aho, a student at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary. “We still hold our destiny in our own hands. We just have to come out with two good games and we’ll be right where we want to be. But we’re where we want to be right now.”

Alberta, 7-3, will take on New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau (7-3, Fredericton) in the semifinal, with the winner advancing to meet Manitoba’s Braden Calvert (9-1) in the gold-medal game at 4 p.m. The winner there will wear Canadian colours at the World Junior Championships, beginning Feb. 26 in Flims, Switzerland.

New Brunswick finished off its round-robin schedule with a 4-3 loss to Ontario’s Ryan McCrady (6-4, Ottawa).

Aho, who has another year of eligibility, won his first Alberta jacket by beating his former Yukon skip Thomas Scoffin in the Alberta junior men’s final.

“I really like the Alberta colours. And I like playing in Alberta because there are a lot more spiels nearby. It was a whole new experience coming out of Alberta,” he said. “Our team has a lot of experience at the provincial level, so this is similar — just on a bigger scale. Everybody kind of knows what to expect, so hopefully we’ll come out ready to go and play two good games.”

In the other men’s game, Nova Scotia’s Robert Mayhew (6-4, Windsor) beat Saskatchewan’s Tyler Hartung (6-4, Kronau) 6-3.

In women’s play, home-province hopeful Mary Fay nailed down her berth in the semifinal (Saturday, 9:30 a.m.) with a 9-5 triumph over Quebec’s Camille Boisvert (3-7, St-Romuald). Nova Scotia, from nearby Chester, finished with an 8-2 round-robin record, and will play B.C.’s Kalia Van Osch (8-2, Nanaimo/Delta) in the semifinal. The winner will move on to Saturday’s 4 p.m. gold-medal game against Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque (9-1, Edmonton). The women’s and men’s finals will be broadcast live by TSN/RDS2.

Nova Scotia was down 5-3 after giving up a steal of three in the sixth end, but rallied with one in the seventh, a steal of two in the eighth and three more in the ninth for the win.

In the other women’s game, Ontario’s Molly Greenwood (7-3, Kitchener-Waterloo) doubled Saskatchewan’s Kristen Streifel (4-6, Saskatchewan) 10-5.

Action at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors continues Friday with a draw at 12:30 p.m.

Round-robin games took place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

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Young Nova Scotians closing in on playoffs at 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/23/young-nova-scotians-closing-in-on-playoffs-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/23/young-nova-scotians-closing-in-on-playoffs-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 01:45:04 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=832 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — Mary Fay hasn’t been the least bit intimidated by being one of the youngest skips competing at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships.

Nova Scotia skip Mary Fay is a victory away from a playoff berth at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors. (Photo, CCA)

Nova Scotia skip Mary Fay is a victory away from a playoff berth at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors. (Photo, CCA)

So there’s no way the 15-year-old skip and her equally young Nova Scotia team from nearby Chester would be concerned with falling behind 3-0 to Saskatchewan’s Kristen Streifel in a crucial round-robin game on Thursday night before a partisan crowd at Queens Place Emera Place.

Like they’ve done all week here, Fay, third Jenn Smith, second Karlee Burgess, lead Janique LeBlanc (the veteran of the team at 16) and coach Andrew Atherton, rose to the occasion, shaking off the slow start to rally for a 7-6 win to clinch a tiebreaker berth, and close to within one victory of a berth in Saturday’s 9:30 a.m. (all times Atlantic) semifinal.

“Being the first time for us to come to nationals, and doing so well, it’s definitely a really good feeling,” said Fay afterward. “But we knew we could compete with these teams. I just know I have the best teammates, and we work so hard. I know that every time we go onto the ice, we can make the shots to compete with these teams.

“I don’t know how much I expected, but I expected to do well and we’re really pleased with how its going so far.”

They should be. With the win, Nova Scotia improved to 7-2 (Saskatchewan dropped to 4-5) and will close out round-robin play Friday at 8 a.m. against Quebec’s Camille Boisvert (3-6, St-Romuald).

“We’re not satisfied,” said Fay. “We’re going to keep fighting, for sure, because we want to do the best we possibly can. And we know we can be right there.”

Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque (9-1, Edmonton) clinched a bye to Saturday’s 4 p.m. final by beating Manitoba’s Meaghan Brezden (5-5, Winnipeg)  6-4, while B.C.’s Kalia Van Osch (8-2, Nanaimo/Delta) will play either Nova Scotia or Ontario’s Molly Greenwood (6-3, Kitchener-Waterloo) in the semifinal.

In women’s seeding-round play (teams that didn’t make the championship round play the seeding round to determine the final rankings and set the pools for the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors in Corner Brook, N.L.), the Yukon’s Sarah Koltun (4-4, Whitehorse) stole one in the 11th end for a 9-8 win over Northern Ontario’s Krysta Burns (3-5, Sudbury).

In men’s seeding-round games, the Yukon’s Joe Wallingham (4-4, Whitehorse) was a 6-5 winner over Newfoundland/Labrador’s Stephen Trickett (3-6), while Quebec’s Adam Freilich (3-5, Montreal/Boucherville) turned back the Northwest Territories’ Matthew Miller (2-7, Inuvik) 10-3.

Action at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors continues Friday with draws at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with potential tiebreakers to follow.

Round-robin games took place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre. The women’s final is Saturday while the men’s final is Sunday. Both finals will be televised live on TSN/RDS2 at 4 p.m. AST/3 p.m. EST.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

 

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British Columbia headed to playoffs at 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/23/british-columbia-headed-to-playoffs-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/23/british-columbia-headed-to-playoffs-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:53:40 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=827 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — It took some extra time, but it was worth the wait for B.C.’s Kalia Van Osch at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships.

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Kalia Van Osch delivers a rock during her playoff-clinching win on Thursday afternoon at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors. (Photo, CCA)

Van Osch’s team, which hails from Nanaimo and Delta, needed an extra end for a 7-6 win over New Brunswick’s Jessica Daigle (4-6, Fredericton) on Thursday afternoon at Queens Place Emera Centre. The win clinched a playoff berth for Van Osch, third (and younger sister) Marika Van Osch, second Sarah Daniels, lead Ashley Sanderson and coach Jim Newlands.

The B.C. team is getting hot at the right time; after going 4-2 in the preliminary round, B.C. has rattled off four straight wins in the championship round and will play in Saturday’s 9:30 a.m. semifinal.

“Winning all four of our games was a pretty big bonus, and it’s a bit of a load off,” said Kalia Van Osch. “We don’t have to worry about playing a tiebreaker; we know we’re in the semi. We had a couple close games this week that we didn’t win where I didn’t make the last shot, so it was really nice to go out there and have to make that last shot and deal with the pressure — that’s what’s going to be coming in the playoffs.”

Van Osch arrived in Liverpool extra motivated after big sister Kesa won her first B.C. women’s title earlier this month, and will skip B.C. at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, beginning Feb. 1 in Montreal.

“That was a huge inspiration,” said Kalia Van Osch. “My sister has been a great inspiration to me and Marika. She’s the one who taught me strategy and who I learned so much from; between her and Jim (Newlands), a lot of what we do here comes from them.”

Meanwhile, in men’s championship round play, Alberta’s Carter Lautner (6-3, Calgary) beat Ontario’s Ryan McCrady (5-4, Ottawa); Saskatchewan’s Tyler Hartung (6-3, Kronau) downed B.C.’s Cameron de Jong (5-5, Victoria/Delta) 11-4; and Manitoba’s Braden Calvert (9-1, Winnipeg) turned back Nova Scotia’s Robert Mayhew (5-4, Windsor) 8-2.

In the men’s seeding round, which determines the final rankings to set the pools for the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors in Corner Brook, N.L., P.E.I.’s Kyle Holland (2-6, Charlottetown) beat Nunavut’s Jamie Airut (0-8, Rankin Inlet) 12-2.

The top three teams at the end of round-robin play will to to the women’s playoffs on Saturday, with the second- and third-place teams meeting in the semifinal at 9:30 a.m. (all times Atlantic), with the winner advancing to the gold-medal game at 4 p.m. against the first-place team.

Action at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors continues Thursday with a draw at 6:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic).

Round-robin games are taking place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre. The women’s final is Saturday while the men’s final is Sunday Both finals will be televised live on TSN/RDS2 at 4 p.m. AST/3 p.m. EST.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

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Alberta women clinch playoff berth at 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/23/alberta-women-clinch-playoff-berth-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/23/alberta-women-clinch-playoff-berth-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:06:14 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=813 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — Fresh off her first loss of the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships, Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque bounced back in impressive fashion Thursday morning at Queens Place Emera Centre.

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Alberta skip Kelsey Rocque, right, urges teammate Claire Tully to keep sweeping during Thursday’s win over New Brunswick. (Photo, CCA)

Rocque’s team from Edmonton — third Keely Brown, second Taylor McDonald, lead Claire Tully and coach Amanda-Dawn Coderre — cruised to an 8-4 win over New Brunswick’s Jessica Daigle (4-5, Fredericton) to not only improve its record to 8-1, but also nail down a berth in Saturday’s three-team playoff round.

“Of course, it’s always in the back of our minds,” said a satisfied Rocque, who along with Brown and McDonald won a silver medal with the University of Alberta Pandas at last season’s CIS/CCA national university championships in Kamloops, B.C. “We knew that if we won, we should get a playoff spot. But that game, we definitely pushed it aside. We had a rough game last night and we knew we had to come back and play well.”

The game she’s referring to was a 6-3 setback Wednesday night to Nova Scotia’s Mary Fay, which ended Alberta’s seven-game win streak.

“It’s nationals, we’ve never played any of these teams before, so we know every game is going to be hard,” said Rocque, a third cousin to legendary Alberta player Marcel Rocque. “Nova Scotia curled amazing last night; we weren’t up to their standards at all. I guess in a way it was a blessing to get that loss. We’re happy with where we are right now, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”

The top three teams at the end of round-robin play will to to the women’s playoffs on Saturday, with the second- and third-place teams meeting in the semifinal at 9:30 a.m. (all times Atlantic), with the winner advancing to the gold-medal game at 4 p.m. against the first-place team.

In other women’s games, B.C.’s Kalia Van Osch (Nanaimo/Delta) took over sole possession of second place with a 7-2 record by beating Manitoba’s Meaghan Brezden (5-4, Winnipeg) 7-4, while Ontario’s Molly Greenwood (6-3, Kitchener-Waterloo) routed Quebec’s Camille Boisvert (3-6, St-Romuald) 9-3.

In men’s play, New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau (7-2, Fredericton) clinched at least a tiebreaker berth with a 5-4 win over Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan (5-4, Sudbury), while Manitoba’s Braden Calvert (8-1, Winnipeg) suffered his first loss, bowing 8-6 to B.C.’s Cameron de Jong (5-4, Victoria). Manitoba has already clinched a berth in Sunday’s men’s gold-medal game at 4 p.m.

Action at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors continues Thursday with draws at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Round-robin games are taking place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre. The women’s final is Saturday while the men’s final is Sunday Both finals will be televised live on TSN/RDS2 at 4 p.m. AST/3 p.m. EST.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

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Manitoba headed to men’s final at 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/22/manitoba-headed-to-mens-final-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/22/manitoba-headed-to-mens-final-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:48:22 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=807 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — It’s only Wednesday night, but Manitoba’s Braden Calvert is already in the position every team at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Championship wants to be in: one well-timed victory away from a national title.

Manitoba skip Braden Calvert and his team from Winnipeg are headed to the men's final at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors in Liverpool, N.S. (Photo, CCA)

Manitoba skip Braden Calvert and his team from Winnipeg are headed to the men’s final at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors in Liverpool, N.S. (Photo, CCA)

Calvert’s team from Winnipeg — third Kyle Kurz, second Lucas Van Den Bosch, lead Brendan Wilson and coach Tom Clasper — clinched first place in the round-robin and a bye to Sunday’s 4 p.m. (all times Atlantic) men’s gold-medal game with a 5-4 win over Alberta’s Carter Lautner (5-3, Calgary) on a wintry night at the Liverpool Curling Club.

With the victory, Manitoba improved to 8-0 and holding the necessary tiebreaker advantages to clinch first place and the bye to the final.

“That’s a pretty neat feeling,” said Calvert, whose team defeated reigning Canadian junior men’s champ Matt Dunstone in the Manitoba final. “The boys have played so well in front of me; they just made my job so easy all week.”

Now, the issue becomes how to deal with nearly four full days of thinking about the final, with two round-robin games to play and a day off on Saturday.

“I think our team is great at staying loose and trying to have fun all the time,” said Calvert with a smile. “I think we’ll be OK that way. We brought a PS3 and NHL14, so we’ll be pretty busy at that. We’ll hopefully be able to take our minds off it a little bit.”

Dunstone, by the way, has been supporting the team from Winnipeg.

“We were sitting in our living room cheering him on last year,” said Calvert of Dunstone’s dramatic win in Fort McMurray, Alta. “It’s pretty neat to see what Matt did, and he’s just a great guy. We’ve been talking to him this week and he’s been very supportive. and we’re taking a lot from what he went through last year.”

In other men’s championship pool games, New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau (6-2, Fredericton) turned back Saskatchewan’s Tyler Hartung (5-3, Kronau); B.C.’s Cameron de Jong (4-4, Victoria) shaded Ontario’s Ryan McCrady (5-3, Ottawa) 4-3; and Nova Scotia’s Robert Mayhew (5-3, Windsor) doubled Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan (5-3, Sudbury) 10-5.

In women’s championship pool play, Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque, of Edmonton, suffered her first loss after seven straight wins, bowing 6-3 to home-province hopeful Mary Fay (6-2, Chester); B.C.’s Kalia Van Osch (6-2, Nanaimo/Delta) doubled Ontario’s Molly Greenwood (5-3, Kitchener-Waterloo) 4-2; and Manitoba’s Meaghan Brezden (5-3, Winnipeg) beat Saskatchewan’s Kristen Streifel (4-4, Saskatoon) 7-6.

In seeding pool play, to determine the final rankings and the seedings for the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors in Corner Brook, N.L., P.E.I.’s Veronica Smith (4-4, Cornwall) as a 16-1 winner of Nunavut’s Sadie Pinksen (0-8, Iqaluit).

Action at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors continues on Thursday with draws 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m. at 6:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic).

Round-robin games are taking place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre. The women’s final is Saturday while the men’s final is Sunday Both finals will be televised live on TSN/RDS2 at 4 p.m. AST/3 p.m. EST.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

 

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Northern Ontario youngsters getting job done at 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/22/northern-ontario-youngsters-getting-job-done-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/22/northern-ontario-youngsters-getting-job-done-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=800 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — Another young curling team from Northern Ontario is making noise on the national stage.

Just over a month after Brad Jacobs and his team from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., went unbeaten to win the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings and earn the right to represent Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, 15-year-old Tanner Horgan is making people sit up and take notice at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships.

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Northern Ontario skip Tanner Horgan has his team in playoff contention at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships. (Photo, CCA)

Horgan’s team from Sudbury — third Nick Servant, second Jacob Horgan (just 13, and Tanner’s brother), lead Max Blais and coach Gerry Horgan (Tanner and Jacob’s dad) — opened championship-round pool play on Wednesday at Queens Place Emera Centre with a 10-5 win over B.C.’s Cameron de Jong (3-4, Victoria).

And, yes, the performance of the Jacobs team has served as an inspiration for Team Horgan.

“He’s been so successful, and we look up to him so much. It was just amazing to see what he did at the Trials,” said Tanner Horgan. “I was glued to my TV; it was amazing to see those guys win, especially from Northern Ontario. Nick actually curls in Brad’s club (at the Soo Curlers Association).

“Oh, we were definitely inspired. I’m a huge fan of their team — just the fact they’re so young and doing so well.”

Which is a description of his own team, of course, although Horgan was quick to play down the comparison. The team looked like veterans on Wednesday, putting the win away with a stolen three in the ninth end.

“We’re A little bit surprised, yes,” he conceded. “Our goal this week was to try to make the championship round, and I guess we’re still doing pretty well. So far, so good.”

The championship round will determine the three teams that participate in Sunday’s playoffs.

In other championship round games, Saskatchewan’s Tyler Hartung (5-2, Kronau) doubled Alberta’s Carter Lautner (5-2, Calgary), Manitoba’s Braden Calvert (7-0, Winnipeg) held off New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau (5-2, Fredericton) and Ontario’s Ryan McCrady (5-2, Ottawa) scored two in the 10th end for a 5-4 win over Nova Scotia’s Robert Mayhew (4-3, Windsor).

In women’s championship round action, Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque (7-0, Edmonton) extended her win streak by knocking off Ontario’s Molly Greenwood (5-2, Kitchener-Waterloo) 8-3, B.C.’s Kalia Van Osch (5-2, Nanaimo/Delta) stole two in the ninth end for a 7-6 win over Nova Scotia’s Mary Fay (5-2, Chester), Saskatchewan’s Kristen Streifel (4-3, Saskatoon) scored a big three in the ninth end for a 8-6 win over New Brunswick’s Jessica Daigle (4-4, Fredericton), and Manitoba’s Meaghan Brezden (4-3, Winnipeg) downed Quebec’s Camille Boisvert (3-5, St-Romuald) 7-3.

Action at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors continues on Wednesday with a draw at 6:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic).

Round-robin games are taking place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre. The women’s final is Saturday while the men’s final is Sunday Both finals will be televised live on TSN/RDS2 at 4 p.m. AST/3 p.m. EST.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

 

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New Brunswick’s Honey Badgers shine at 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/22/new-brunswicks-honey-badgers-shine-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/22/new-brunswicks-honey-badgers-shine-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:40:38 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=791 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — The honey badgers are coming on strong at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships.

Jessica Daigle’s New Brunswick women’s team from Fredericton (third Cathlia Ward, second Natalie Menzies, lead Katie Forward, coach Mark Ward) adopted the nickname of the stubborn animal — check out the video on youtube — at last year’s Canadian Juniors in Fort McMurray after rallying from a slow start to the event.

New Brunswick skip Jessica Daigle calls line during action at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors. (Photo, CCA)

New Brunswick skip Jessica Daigle calls line during action at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors. (Photo, CCA)

A year later, another slow start — New Brunswick lost twice on opening day — and the honey badgers are still scrapping in pursuit of a Canadian championship.

New Brunswick opened its championship pool round-robin on Wednesday  morning with an 8-3 win over Quebec’s Camille Boisvert (St-Romuald) as a blizzard raged outside Queens Place Emera Centre.

“We are definitely back in honey badger mode,” said a smiling Daigle, whose team improved to 4-3 and still alive for a playoff berth. “The name carried on, and we’re definitely back for the week. But it took a couple days. We had some bumps in the road; our first day was a little shaky. But we’ve built up from there, and going strong. Everybody is going in that upward motion, so we’re going with what we have now.”

Quebec dropped to 3-4 with the loss.

Eight women’s teams are still alive in the championship pool, while the other six are in the seeding pool to determine the final rankings and the seedings for the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors in Corner Brook, N.L.

“We woke up this morning feeling good, and we came out today and played just like we needed to,” said Daigle. “It feels good to come out strong like that.”

In seeding pool action, P.E.I.’s Veronica Smith (3-4, Cornwall) scored two in the 10th end for a 7-6 win over the Yukon’s Sarah Koltun (3-4, Whitehorse) and Newfoundland/Labrador’s Sarah Hill (2-5, St. John’s) was a 12-5 winner over the Northwest Territories’ Carina McKay-Saturnino (2-5, Inuvik).

The men’s championship round begins play later today. In men’s seeding round play, the Yukon’s Joe Wallingham (3-4, Whitehorse) turned back Quebec’s Adam Freilich (Montreal/Boucherville) 11-4, while Newfoundland/Labrador’s Stephen Trickett (3-5, St. John’s) beat the Northwest Territories’ Matthew Miller (2-6, Inuvik) 7-4.

Action at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors continues on Wednesday with draws at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Round-robin games are taking place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre. The women’s final is Saturday while the men’s final is Sunday Both finals will be televised live on TSN/RDS2 at 4 p.m. AST/3 p.m. EST.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

 

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Quebec holds off Yukon in women’s tiebreaker 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/21/quebec-holds-off-yukon-in-womens-tiebreaker-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/21/quebec-holds-off-yukon-in-womens-tiebreaker-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:41:12 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=776 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — Camille Boisvert and Team Quebec are still alive at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships.

Boisvert’s team from St-Romuald — vice-skip Sarah Dumais, second Myriam Arsenault, lead Nancy Rochon and coach Michel Blais — held off the Yukon’s Sarah Koltun 7-6 on Tuesday night at Queens Place Emera Centre to grab the eighth and final berth into the championship round, which gets underway on Wednesday to determine the three teams for Saturday’s playoffs.

    Quebec skip Camille Boisvert watches her shot during her tiebreaker win over the Yukon on Tuesday night. (Photo, CCA)

Quebec skip Camille Boisvert watches her shot during her tiebreaker win over the Yukon on Tuesday night. (Photo, CCA)

Both teams had finished with 3-3 records in Pool A.

Boisvert, an 18-year-old student at Champlain College, made an open hit for the victory in the 10th end, and admitted to some nerves afterwards.

“Yes, I was really, really nervous on my last one,” said a smiling Boisvert. “My legs were shaking because I knew that rock was THE rock of the game. But I knew I had time so I took my time, and then just shot normally.”

The Yukon team — three of the four players, including Koltun, will compete at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s championship beginning Feb. 1 in Montreal — fell behind 4-1 but rallied to tie it with three in the sixth end. But Quebec bounced back immediately with a deuce in the seventh to settle down.

“We just said (after the sixth end), it’s tied. Breathe, relax and just go,” said Boisvert. “The pressure is off my shoulders now. And I’m excited.”

The preliminary round records carry over, with the Pool A teams playing the Pool B teams to determine the teams that move on to the playoffs. Joining Quebec in the championship round are Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque (6-0 Pool A, Edmonton), B.C.’s Kalia Van Osch (4-2 Pool A, Nanaimo/Delta), Saskatchewan’s Kristen Streifel (3-3 Pool A, Saskatoon), Ontario’s Molly Greenwood (5-1 Pool B, Kitchener-Waterloo), Nova Scotia’s Mary Fay (5-1 Pool B, Chester), New Brunswick’s Jessica Daigle (3-3 Pool B, Fredericton) and Manitoba’s Meaghan Brezden (3-3 Pool B, Winnipeg).

The Yukon goes to the seeding round to determine the final rankings of the 2014 event, which will set the seeding for the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors in Corner Brook, N.L. Also in the seeding round are the Northwest Territories’ Carina McKay-Saturtino (2-4 Pool A, Inuvik), Nunavut’s Sadie Pinksen (0-6 Pool A, Iqaluit), P.E.I.’s Veronica Smith (2-4 Pool B, Cornwall), Northern Ontario’s Krysta Burns (2-4 Pool B, Sudbury) and Newfoundland/Labrador’s Sarah Hill (1-5 Pool B, St. John’s).

In seeding-round play on Tuesday night, Newfoundland-Labrador beat Nunavut 9-3, while Northern Ontario turned back the Northwest Territories 6-4.

The men’s seeding round also opened on Tuesday, with Newfoundland/Labrador’s Stephen Trickett (2-5, St. John’s) beating P.E.I.’s Kyle Holland (1-6, Charlottetown) 10-8, and the Northwest Territories’ Matthew Miller (2-5, Inuvik) knocked off Nunavut’s Jamie Airut (0-7, Rankin Inlet) 13-7.

The men’s championship pool opens play on Wednesday, featuring Manitoba’s Braden Calvert (6-0 Pool A, Winnipeg), Saskatchewan’s Tyler Hartung (4-2 Pool A, Kronau), Ontario’s Ryan McCrady (4-2 Pool A, Ottawa), Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan (4-2 Pool A, Sudbury), New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau (5-1 Pool B, Fredericton), Alberta’s Carter Lautner (5-1 Pool B, Calgary), Nova Scotia’s Robert Mayhew (4-2 Pool B, Windsor) and B.C.’s Cameron de Jong (3-3 Pool B, Victoria).

Round-robin games are taking place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre. The women’s final is Saturday while the men’s final is Sunday Both finals will be televised live on TSN/RDS2 at 4 p.m. AST/3 p.m. EST.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

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Men’s championship round set at 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/21/mens-championship-round-set-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/21/mens-championship-round-set-at-2014-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:11:22 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=768 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — B.C. skip Cameron de Jong didn’t actually need to win his final preliminary round game on Tuesday afternoon at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships to keep his title hopes alive.

But he didn’t know that when he stepped onto the ice at Queens Place Emera Centre. In fact, with the various tiebreaker scenarios available, that wasn’t determined until after his game had started.

Nova Scotia fans (in yellow sou'wester hats) take in Tuesday afternoon's draw at Queens Place Emera Centre. (Photo, CCA)

Nova Scotia fans (in yellow sou’wester hats) take in Tuesday afternoon’s draw at Queens Place Emera Centre. (Photo, CCA)

No matter. de Jong’s team from Victoria (third Brook Calibaba, second Ryan Cassidy, lead Alex Horvath and coach Don McMullen) took care of business all on its own, beating New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau (5-1, Fredericton)  to make it to the eight-team championship round, which kicks off on Wednesday.

“So we’re good then. Whoo! I’m actually glad I didn’t know,” said de Jong, who made a clutch outturn draw to the four-foot to nail down the win. “It probably would have put more pressure on us out there. It’s easier not knowing, and having fate in your own hands.”

With the win, B.C., 3-3 in Pool B, joins Manitoba’s Braden Calvert (6-0 Pool A, Winnipeg), Saskatchewan’s Tyler Hartung (4-2 Pool A, Kronau), Ontario’s Ryan McCrady (4-2 Pool A, Ottawa), Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan (4-2 Pool A, Sudbury), New Brunswick, Alberta’s Carter Lautner (5-1 Pool B, Calgary) and Nova Scotia’s Robert Mayhew (4-2 Pool B, Windsor) in the championship round. The preliminary records carry over, with the Pool A teams playing the Pool B teams to determine the teams that move on to Sunday’s playoffs.

“It’s pretty much in our hands now,” said de Jong. “It’s pretty amazing. I can’t wait for tomorrow (when the championship round begins).”

In the other men’s games on Tuesday afternoon, the Yukon’s Joe Wallingham (2-4, Whitehorse) downed P.E.I.’s Kyle Holland (1-5, Charlottetown) 11-6, and Alberta beat Nova Scotia 7-4.

The Yukon, P.E.I., the Northwest Territories’ Matthew Miller (1-5, Inuvik), Quebec’s Adam Freilich (2-4, Montreal/Boucherville), Newfoundland/Labrador’s Stephen Trickett (1-5, St. John’s) and Nunavut’s Jamie Airut (0-6, Rankin Inlet) will play in the seeding pool to determine the final rankings and the seedings for the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors in Corner Brook, N.L.

In women’s play there will be a tiebreaker today at 6:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic) between the Yukon’s Sarah Koltun (Whitehorse) and Quebec’s Camille Boisvert (St-Romuald) for the eighth and final championship round position after both teams finished with 3-3 records in Pool A. The Yukon stole one in the eighth for an 8-6 win over B.C.’s Kalia Van Osch (4-2, Nanaimo/Delta) while Quebec bowed 7-6 to Saskatchewan’s Kristen Streifel (3-3, Saskatoon).

Getting into the championship round were Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque (6-0 Pool A, Edmonton), B.C., Saskatchewan, Ontario’s Molly Greenwood (5-1 Pool B, Kitchener-Waterloo), Nova Scotia’s Mary Fay (5-1 Pool B, Chester), New Brunswick’s Jessica Daigle (3-3 Pool B, Fredericton) and Manitoba’s Meaghan Brezden (3-3 Pool B, Winnipeg).

The Yukon-Quebec loser will go to the seeding round with the Northwest Territories’ Carina McKay-Saturtino (2-4 Pool A, Inuvik), Nunavut’s Sadie Pinksen (0-6 Pool A, Iqaluit), P.E.I.’s Veronica Smith (2-4 Pool B, Cornwall), Northern Ontario’s Krysta Burns (2-4 Pool B, Sudbury) and Newfoundland/Labrador’s Sarah Hill (1-5 Pool B, St. John’s).

Round-robin games are taking place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre. The women’s final is Saturday while the men’s final is Sunday Both finals will be televised live on TSN/RDS2 at 4 p.m. AST/3 p.m. EST.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

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Saskatchewan, Northern Ontario men clinch berths at M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/21/saskatchewan-northern-ontario-men-clinch-berths-at-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/21/saskatchewan-northern-ontario-men-clinch-berths-at-mm-meat-shops-canadian-juniors/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:22:10 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=759 LIVERPOOL, N.S. — Saskatchewan’s Tyler Hartung (Kronau) and Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan (Sudbury) have booked their spots in the men’s final eight at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships.

Their teams both improved to 4-2 after victories on Tuesday morning at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, N.S., to advance to the championship pool round-robin, which gets underway on Wednesday to decide the three teams for Sunday’s men’s playoff round.

Hartung, backed up by third Mathew Ring, second Brendan Ryan, lead Brandon Leippi and coach Jeff Hartung, came back from an early 5-1 deficit against Quebec’s Adam Freilich (who stole deuces in the third and fourth ends) to record an 8-6 triumph. A stolen three by Saskatchewan in the eighth end proved to be the difference in dropping Quebec’s record to 2-4 and still alive for a potential tiebreaker berth — a loss by B.C.’s Cameron de Jong (2-3) in round-robin play today at 2 p.m. (all times Atlantic) would set up tiebreakers for the eighth and final championship round spot.

Alberta's Kelly Brown, left, and Taylor McDonald sweep a rock at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors. (Photo, CCA)

Alberta’s Kelly Brown, left, and Taylor McDonald sweep a rock at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors. (Photo, CCA)

The 15-year-old Horgan, meanwhile, led all the way against Newfoundland/Labrador’s Stephen Trickett. Horgan, third Nick Servant, second Jacob Horgan, lead Max Blais and coach Gerry Horgan, scored deuces in the first, fifth and seventh ends. Newfoundland/Labrador dropped to 1-5 and into the seeding pool, which will determine the final rankings and set up the pools for the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors in Corner Brook, N.L.

In the other men’s game on Tuesday morning, Manitoba’s Braden Calvert (Winnipeg) improved to 6-0 with a 7-4 win over Ontario’s Ryan McCrady (Ottawa). Ontario dropped to 4-2.

In women’s play, Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque (Edmonton) won her sixth straight game, 7-5 over Carina McKay-Saturnino (Inuvik, 2-4); Ontario’s Molly Greenwood (Kitchener-Waterloo, 5-1) downed Manitoba’s Meaghan Brezden (Winnipeg, 3-3), Newfoundland/Labrador’s Sarah Hill (St. John’s) won her first game, 7-6 over Northern Ontario’s Krysta Burns (Sudbury, 2-4), and Nova Scotia’s Mary Fay (Chester, 5-1) doubled New Brunswick’s Jessica Daigle (Fredericton, 3-3) 10-5.

Alberta and B.C.’s Kalia Van Osch (Nanaimo/Delta, 4-1) have clinched berths in the championship round out of Pool A, while Ontario and Nova Scotia are through in Pool B. The final round-robin draw, at 2 p.m. will determine the other qualifiers and potential tiebreakers.

Round-robin games are taking place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

Play continues Tuesday with draws at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The teams were seeded, based on last year’s results, into two seven-team pools for each gender and will first play a six-game round robin within each pool from Saturday through Tuesday. The top three teams in each pool, plus two teams with the next best won-lost records, then advance to the Championship Round for a further four-game partial round robin from Wednesday through Friday, with their earlier records carried forward.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre. The women’s final is Saturday while the men’s final is Sunday Both finals will be televised live on TSN/RDS2 at 4 p.m. AST/3 p.m. EST.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-fr/

The full scoreboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

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Championship round coming together http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/20/championship-round-coming-together/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/20/championship-round-coming-together/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 02:53:47 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=743 The scenarios for teams earning berths in the championship round at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, N.S., are a little clearer tonight though there are still potential tie-breaker games.In the men’s section, and regardless of the outcomes of tomorrow’s games, Manitoba’s Braden Calvert and New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau are both at 5-0 and will advance to the four-game championship round. At four wins against a single loss are Ontario’s Ryan McCrady, Alberta’s Carter Lautner and Nova Scotia’s Robert Mayhew. Each of these three teams will also advance.

There are two teams with only two losses: Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan and Saskatchewan’s Tyler Hartung. Wins tomorrow by either or both teams will send them through. Losses by either could put them in regardless or could put them in tiebreakers.

Tonight’s men’s scores were:

Manitoba 10
Newfoundland & Labrador 5

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(CCA Photo)

British Columbia 14
Northwest Territories 3

The scenario in the Women’s section  has four teams guaranteed to move on regardless of the outcomes tomorrow. They are: undefeated Kelsey Rocque of Alberta at 5-0; B.C.’s Kalia Van Osch, Ontario’s Molly Greenwood and Nova Scotia’s Mary Fay, each at 4-1.  All other teams with two or even three losses are each in the hunt for the final four spots.

Tonight’s women’s scores were:

Alberta 7
Saskatchewan 5

British Columbia 7
Northwest Territories 5

New Brunswick 9
Newfoundland & Labrador 4

Nova Scotia 9
Prince Edward Island 6

Manitoba 9
Northern Ontario 8

Quebec 10
Nunavut 4

Round-robin games are taking place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

The teams have been seeded (based on last year’s results) into two seven-team pools for each gender and will first play a six-game round robin within each pool from Saturday through Tuesday. The top three teams in each pool, plus two teams with the next best won-lost records, then advance to the Championship Round for a further four-game partial round robin from Wednesday through Friday, with their earlier records carried forward.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre. The women’s final is Saturday, Jan. 25, while the men’s final is Sunday, Jan. 26. Both finals will be televised live on TSN/RDS2 at 4 p.m. AST/3 p.m. EST.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

The full scoreboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

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New Brunswick continues to roll http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/20/new-brunswick-continues-to-roll/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/20/new-brunswick-continues-to-roll/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:08:19 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=730 New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau of the Capital Winter Club in Fredericton, with teammates Daniel Wenzek, Jordan Craft and Ryan Freeze, remain undefeated at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s Curling Championships in Liverpool, NS.Comeau is 5-0 and will be the number one seed advancing from Men’s Pool B following this afternoon’s 8-2 victory over Yukon’s Joe Wallingham.  He will face BC’s Cameron de Jong in the last game of Pool play and will finish first overall in this pool regardless of that outcome.

Alberta’s Carter Lautner moved into a tie with idle Robert Mayhew of Nova Scotia with an 11-4 win over PEI’s Kyle Holland. Both Alberta and Nova Scotia are 4-1 and will advance to the championship round. PEI drops to 1-4.

While Ontario’s Ryan McCrady had the afternoon off, his 4-1 record is still a game up on both Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan and Saskatchewan’s Tyler Hartung. The Kronau, Sask., skip defeated Horgan 5-3 to keep close to the leaders and the championship pool berth. Both teams are 3-2.

Quebec’s Adam Freilich is a game back at 2-3 following a 12-2 win over Nunavut’s Jamie Airut. The Rankin Inlet-based team is winless at 0-6.

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Behind a pro-Nova Scotia crowd at the arena this afternoon, Chester CC’s Mary Fay brought the crowd to its feet and drew the largest cheer of the week when she scored three points in the seventh end to jump ahead of Krysta Burns of Northern Ontario. A steal of three in the next end earned Fay a concession at 9-4 from the Northern Ontario skip. Fay is now in second place in Women’s Pool B at 3-1, one game behind Ontario’s Molly Greenwood (4-1) who had the afternoon bye.

In a bid to remain undefeated, Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque was up against Sarah Koltun of the Yukon. The Whitehorse skip was flawless for the first six ends, in complete control of the game up 8-4. A determined Rocque, from the Saville Centre in Edmonton, grabbed a deuce in the seventh and then stole single points in the eighth, ninth and 10th ends to snatch the victory away from Koltun.  Alberta stays undefeated at 4-0 while Koltun is in danger of missing the championship round at 2-3.

Saskatchewan’s Kristen Streifel kept her hopes alive by defeating Nunavut’s Sadie Pinksen 12-3.  Streifel is 2-2 while Pinksen is 0-5.

Finally, Quebec’s Camille Boisvert moved into a three way tie for third in Pool A with an 8-3 win over NWT’s Carina McKay Saturnino. Both teams are 2-2 along with Streifel (SK).

Round-robin games are taking place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

The teams have been seeded (based on last year’s results) into two seven-team pools for each gender and will first play a six-game round robin within each pool from Saturday through Tuesday. The top three teams in each pool, plus two teams with the next best won-lost records, then advance to the Championship Round for a further four-game partial round robin from Wednesday through Friday, with their earlier records carried forward.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre. The women’s final is Saturday, Jan. 25, while the men’s final is Sunday, Jan. 26. Both finals will be televised live on TSN/RDS2 at 4 p.m. AST/3 p.m. EST.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

The full scoreboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The leaderboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings

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Northern Ontario wins rivalry game, again! http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/20/northern-ontario-wins-rivalry-game-again/ http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/2014/01/20/northern-ontario-wins-rivalry-game-again/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:42:26 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/?p=721 The Northern Ontario women did it last night and now the Northern Ontario men did it this morning. That is winning their traditional rivalry game against Ontario at this year’s 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, NS.

Fifteen-year-old Tanner Horgan of the Idylwylde Golf & Country Club in Sudbury stole four points in the second end against previously unbeaten Ontario’s Ryan McCrady in Draw 7 action. From there the young skip allowed little in the way of offence for McCrady. Despite a steal of one in the ninth end to make it a two-point game, Horgan made a nice double takeout to seal the win in the 10th end.  Ontario is now 4-1 and Horgan improves to 3-1, each chasing Manitoba’s Braden Calvert, who had the morning bye, sitting at 4-0.

Nova Scotia’s favourite son this week, Robert Mayhew of Windsor, continues to roll after an opening round defeat, posting his fourth consecutive win. Mayhew edged Joe Wallingham of the Yukon 5-3, who drop to 1-3.

New Brunwick’s Rene Comeau continues to lead the pack in Men’s Pool B, scoring six points in the first end against NWT’s Matthew Miller. The game ended after eight ends 11-5 for New Brunswick. Their record is 4-0 while Miller is at 1-4.

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Quebec’s Adam Freilich squared off with Newfoundland & Labrador’s Stephen Trickett. In a see-saw battle, Trickett chased the entire game trying to even the score. A couple of nice deuces later in the game set him up for a game-tying two points in the last end, but Trickett rolled out and Quebec won their first match of the tournament. Both teams are now 1-3.

Saskatchewan’s Tyler Hartung evened his record at 2-2 in defeating Jamie Airut of Nunavut 13-2. Airut remains winless at 0-5.

In the final men’s game of the morning draw, B.C. switched positions at the back end, with Cameron de Jong relinquishing the skip position and moving to vice after three straight losses as skip. Brook Calibaba stepped in and guided the B.C. foursome to a 9-4 win over Kyle Holland of P.E.I. Both teams are 1-3.

All men’s teams with four wins are assured of moving to the championship round, while teams with three losses will make at least a tie-breaker game if required.

In the only two games in the women’s section this morning, Jessica Daigle and her Fredericton, N.B., rink defeated Veronica Smith 6-5 in the tournament’s first extra end. After two straight defeats to open the championship, the New Brunswick skip has now won two straight. P.E.I. drops to 2-3.

Finally, Ontario’s Molly Greenwood survived a scare, trailing 4-3 against winless Sarah Hill of Newfoundland & Labrador with two ends to go. Ontario squeaked ahead with a deuce in the ninth and then stole another pair in the 10th to win 7-4. Ontario is on top of Women’s Pool B at 4-1 while Hill is winless.

Round-robin games are taking place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

The teams have been seeded (based on last year’s results) into two seven-team pools for each gender and will first play a six-game round robin within each pool from Saturday through Tuesday. The top three teams in each pool, plus two teams with the next best won-lost records, then advance to the Championship Round for a further four-game partial round robin from Wednesday through Friday, with their earlier records carried forward.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre. The women’s final is Saturday, Jan. 25, while the men’s final is Sunday, Jan. 26. Both finals will be televised live on TSN/RDS2 at 4 p.m. AST/3 p.m. EST.

For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).

The full scoreboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard
The leaderboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings/

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