Canada continues to roll at world mixed doubles championship

STAVANGER, Norway — Canada’s Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant improved to 3-0 at the world mixed doubles curling championship with a 9-0 win over Belarus on Monday.

Winnipeg’s Peterman and Gallant, of St. John’s, N.L., scored points in all six ends played against Tatsiana Tarsunova and Ilya Shalamitski of Belarus (1-2).

Canada has outscored opponents by a combined score of 39-4.

“You’re getting some fairly routine misses from the other teams, so it can cause you to lose a bit of focus,” Canada coach Jeff Stoughton said. “But we have talked about that and just make sure you’re zoned in when you throw the shot and worry about the other things after.”

Stoughton is happy with the team’s play so far.

“If they were struggling with draw weight or something like that, we’d be concerned, but they’re not,” Stoughton said. “Things are going really well for them. It’s nice they had to make more precise shots today and I know we have our toughest games coming up which leads into the playoffs, so I think the schedule is working pretty well for us.”

Canada will have its first two-game on Tuesday, facing Denmark and Sweden.

Meanwhile, the Canadian women’s team improved to 4-0 at the world senior championships at the same venue with a 12-2 win over Lithuania on Monday.

Sherry Anderson’s Saskatchewan rink faces Australia on Tuesday.

In senior men’s play, Canada is 3-0 after a 10-7 win over Germany.

Bryan Cochrane’s Ontario rink meets the Netherlands on Tuesday.

Round-robin play continues through Thursday at all three world championships. The playoffs start Friday.

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