March 11, 2012
After leading the pack all the way through the week, Canada’s junior men’s team took the 2012 world junior title with an almost faultless performance in the final, beating Sweden by 10-4, effectively in seven ends, although with the result beyond doubt, the teams threw stones through in the eighth to complete the necessary number of ends.
Scotland beat Norway 7-3 to win the 2012 World Championship bronze medal game.
Canada had last stone advantage and opened with a single. Sweden responded with a single of their own in the second, but Canada started to move ahead when they scored two points in the third end.
Sweden could only manage another single in the fourth end, and Canada scored two again in the fifth to move even further ahead at half-time, at 5-2.
Yet again the Swedes could only score one in the sixth end when their skip Rasmus Wranå tapped out a Canadian stone to score. The Swedes looked good for a steal in the seventh end when Wranå came round a number of Canadian stones to get buried on the four-foot ring, but Canadian skip Brendan Bottcher bettered that, picking out the Swedish stone to score five for a 10-3 lead.
The teams played out the eighth end and Wranå drew for one and a final score of 10-4 to Canada before the teams shook hands.
Afterwards, Bottcher said, “It feels just amazing to be world champion. We’ve been curling all our lives to have a chance at something like this, and it’s amazing to have gotten here and to win it. We were ahead on the scoreboard and then in the seventh end we got it done, so that was good. My team set up the seventh end great. He didn’t have a whole lot and he was just a hair heavy on his last one and left me a shot, and I was fortunate enough to make it”.
Speaking more generally he said, “this team has been amazing and they’ve made my job easy. This means that a lot of work we’ve put in this year and in years past has paid off for us”.
After the game, silver medal Swedish skip Wranå said, “I feel good, we have achieved our goal of getting a medal, so I’m quite happy. The seventh end didn’t go that well, we knew that if they would get more than two, it would be over”. He added, “the team has been playing well – not just this match but all the other matches have been just fine, and we’re happy with this tournament for our team”.
The Canadian team was skip Brendan Bottcher, third Evan Asmussen and front end of twins Landon and Bryce Bucholz, supported by fifth player Parker Konschuh and coach Bernie Panich, while the Swedish team was skip Rasmus Wranå, third Jordan Wåhlin, second Daniel Lövstrand, lead Axel Sjöberg, with fifth player Patric Mabergs and coach Mats Wranå.
At the same time as the gold medal game, Scotland beat Norway by 7-3 to claim bronze, with the break-through in this game also happening in the seventh end, although in this case, the Scots only scored three for a 7-2 lead. Before that the Scots had stolen single in the first two ends and scored successive singles in the fourth and fifth to be looking good for their win at halfway, with the score at 4-1.
Afterwards, Scottish skip Kyle Smith said, “we’re absolutely delighted to medal – that was our goal at the start of the week, so we’re happy. We’ve been playing quite well all week, we’ve just had a couple of loose games, but we knew what we had to do today and we did it. We’ve still got a few years left so, with any luck we’ll be there (in the gold medal final). We knew that the gold was gone yesterday, so we just had to focus and what we could get today, and that’s what we’ve done”.
During the closing ceremony it was announced that Norwegian lead Sander Rølvåg and Canadian skip Jocelyn Peterman had won the 2012 World Curling Federation World Junior Curling Championship Sportsmanship Awards, voted for by all the competitors at the event.
Gold medal final: Canada 10, Sweden 4
Bronze medal game: Norway 3, Scotland 7
Junior Men’s Final Standings
1. Canada 10-1 (Gold Medal)
2. Sweden 8-4 (Silver Medal)
3. Scotland 8-3 (Bronze Medal)
4. Norway 7-5
5. USA 5-4
6. Switzerland 5-4
7. China 4-5
8. Czech Republic 2-7
9. Italy 1-8 (relegated to 2013 EJCC)
10. Finland 0-9 (relegated to 2013 EJCC)
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The World Junior Curling Championships 2013 will take place in Sochi, Russia, from 28 February-10 March.