After going undefeated through the round robin and losing a heartbreaker to USA in the Page 1-2 playoff game on Saturday, Canada’s Mary Fay bounced back to steal four ends in a decisive 9-4 win over Hungary’s Dorottya Palancsa in the semifinal of the 2016 World Junior Curling Championships and earn her spot in the gold-medal game on Sunday (4 a.m. ET).
“The final…that’s where we want to be,” said Fay, who is backed by third Kristin Clarke, second Karlee Burgess, lead Janique LeBlanc, alternate Sarah Daniels, coach Andrew Atherton and team leader Andrea Ronnebeck. “Our first game today against the USA was a good game, and it was just a couple of shots that allowed them to win. They’re a great team so it’ll be a tough game tomorrow, but I think it’ll be a lot of fun and we’re looking forward to it.”
Team Canada men – skip Matt Dunstone and his Winnipeg team of third Colton Lott, second (and vice-skip) Kyle Doering, lead Robbie Gordon, alternate Wade Ford, coach Calvin Eadie and team leader Brian Chick – will meet Switzerland in the bronze medal game on Sunday (9 a.m. ET).
Dunstone came out on the short side of a 6-4 score in the Page Playoff 3-4 game on Saturday afternoon, losing to Switzerland’s Yannick Schwaller, the 2015 silver medallist. Leading 3-2 after six, Dunstone tried to force a single, but the Swiss fired back with three points and never gave up the lead.
USA’s Korey Dropkin will meet Scotland’s Bruce Mouat in the gold medal game after defeating Schwaller 5-2 in the men’s semifinal. Hungary’s Palancsa will play South Korea’s Min Ji Kim in the women’s bronze-medal game.
For Nova Scotia’s Fay and her young team, the final game marks the end of a remarkable week of curling, and they plan to enjoy every moment.
“We’re going to go back and try to get a good night’s rest and do what we usually do to prepare,” she said. “We’re looking forward to our last ten ends of curling here. It’s going to be our last chance to wear the maple leaf so we want to do our best and have a lot of fun.”
The women’s gold- and bronze-medal game take place at 4 a.m. ET
The men’s gold- and bronze-medal games take place at 9 a.m. ET
The gold-medal games will be broadcast on the World Curling Federation YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV
Event information, including news and live scoring, are available at the event website, www.worldcurling.org/wjcc2016