Team Canada has won the World Junior Men’s Curling Championship in Ostsersund, Sweden.
Yesterday, skip Brendan Bottcher, and teammates Evan Asmussen, and Landon and Bryce Bucholz defeated Team Sweden 10-4 in the championship final. The game was headlined by a five point seventh end for the Canadian squad, who only needed eight ends to win their championship.
It was third time Team Canada beat Team Sweden this past week. They defeated Sweden 5-2 in the round robin and then 9-3 in Saturday’s 1-2 playoff game.
I think it is safe to say, in recent times there has been some concern about the future of Canadian curling. With other nations closing the gap, Canada just doesn’t dominate like they once did. For example, after Canada won the World Junior Men’s Curling Championship nine times in ten years from 1998-2007, this was Canada’s first men’s junior title in five years when Charlie Thomas of Didsbury, Alberta won his second straight junior championship.
On the women’s side, Scotland defeated the Czech Republic 6-5 in the championship final. Red Deer’s Jocelyn Peterman lost 11-10 to Russia in a tie-breaker on Friday and finished fifth.