Ottawa Citizen

Canadian junior open with victory

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The Canadian men’s team is off to a winning start in the world junior curling championsh­ips at Osterlund, Sweden.

The foursome, skipped by Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher, scored five points in the sixth end on the way to an 8-4 win against China.

In another game, defendingc­hampion Sweden carved out what appeared to be a surprising­ly easy 9-2 win against Norway.

Meanwhile, the United States coasted past Italy 9-4, Scotland topped Finland 7-3 win and Switzerlan­d defeated the Czech Republic 9-4.

The Canadian women, skipped by Alberta’s Jocelyn Peterman, finished Day 1 with a win and a loss.

Peterman lost 10-3 to the Czech Republic, but rebounded with a 7-5 win over Scotland.

The Czechs, Russia and Sweden were 2-0 in the women’s division.

Canada, Japan, Scotland and Switzerlan­d were 1-1, while Italy, Norway and the United States were 0-2.

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