Canadians capture 2 gold medals, 1 silver at curling worlds

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Canadians capture 2 gold medals, 1 silver at curling worlds

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When the granite settled on the pebbled ice in Stavanger, Norway, on Saturday, Canadian curlers had one of their most successful world championships ever.

Both the senior women’s and men’s teams captured gold and the mixed doubles duo of Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant earned silver.

Peterman and Gallant took the Swedish team of Anna Hasselborg and Oskar Eriksson down to the last rock of the championship game — Hasselborg put her draw on the button for a 6-5 victory to claim gold.

“They outplayed us and deserved to win it today,” Gallant said after the loss. “I couldn’t quite get the line on a few of my shots. Jocelyn made some great shots today to keep us in it.”

The Canadians twice fell behind Sweden by two points but battled back. In the seventh end, Peterman made a draw for two to tie the game 5-5 heading to the final end.

‘We’re happy how we played’

With the clock running, Peterman and Gallant were unable to place their stones as precisely as they would have liked in the final end, leaving Hasselborg a somewhat routine draw for the victory.

“We had a lot fun and we’re happy how we played, but it’s obviously not the finish we were hoping for,” Peterman said.

Peterman and Gallant were trying to become the first-ever Canadian mixed doubles team to win a world championship title. Their disappointment evident, the partners on and off the ice kept things in perspective.

“I couldn’t ask for a better teammate and wouldn’t want to be here with anyone else,” Peterman said.

Canadian seniors sweep podium

There was high drama at Sormarka Arena for the men’s senior championship — Scotland had a chance to score two in the eighth end to win the title against Canada but hit a guard on the last rock of the game to force an extra end.

Then, Ontario skip Bryan Cochrane made one magical curling shot for the win.

With a challenging angle run back left for the win, Cochrane settled in the hack and threw exactly how he wanted to clinch a stunning 7-5 win.

“There was no other shot,” Cochrane said. “I had to make that shot. It’s funny in curling — when there is no other shot,  sometimes it’s easier. It was like, OK, nothing else. And I made it.”

Cochrane, who lost the 2017 senior world championship game in Lethbridge, Alta., was overrun with emotion as he described what getting gold in Norway meant to him and the team.

“We’re not young. We got back here,” he said. “At the age of 61, that’s probably it for me so it’s a great way to go out.”

I think that was our best game all week. The girls made some great shots early.— Canada skip Sherry Anderson on Saturday’s gold-medal victory

In the senior women’s final, skip Sherry Anderson and her rink from Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon looked to make it two straight world titles, facing Denmark.

It wasn’t close.

Anderson scored three in the first end and never looked back on the way to a 10-1 rout in six ends.

“I think that was our best game all week,” Anderson said. “The girls made some great shots early.”

Anderson noted the team loves to have fun on the ice and thrives in the big moments.

“It’s special. We have such a good time together,” she added. “We appreciate life and what life brings. It’s good to spend a week with them.

“It’s nice to get here and top it off again. “

This story originally appeared on CBC

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