Canadian senior curlers win double gold, but mixed team falls just short

STAVANGER, Norway — Canada’s senior curling teams won gold for a second straight year, but a narrow loss in the mixed doubles final prevented a sweep of the week’s competitions at Stavanger’s Sormarka Arena.

The Canadian senior women, led by skip Sherry Anderson of Saskatoon, roared to victory by beating Denmark 10-1 in just six ends.

Canada opened with three points in the first end, added another three in the third, and then posted three straight steals.

“That’s what you’ve played for – to win a medal. So, you just go out and play, and that’s what the girls did, they made some great shots early,” Anderson said. ”We played a really good first end — it wasn’t like they played badly, but I had an open shot for three and that’s always nice in the first end.”

The men’s final was a different affair, with Bryan Cochrane’s Ontario rink needing an extra end to down Scotland 7-5. After the Scots tied it with a point in the eighth, the Canadians used the hammer to score two in the extra frame to claim gold.

“We were in a bit of trouble early in the extra end, but it feels really good and it’s pretty special to win this,” Cochrane said.

The mixed doubles team of Winnipeg’s Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant of St. John’s, N.L., settled for silver after a 6-5 loss to Sweden.

The Canadians were looking for a steal in the decisive eighth end after tying the game with a deuce in the seventh. But the Swedish duo of Olympic gold-medallist Anna Hasselborg and three-time world men’s Oskar Eriksson had the hammer and drew to the button with their last rock for a single point.

“(Sweden) played really well,” Gallant said. “I myself couldn’t quite get the line on a few of my shots and gave them some openings.”

Canada started the game with hammer and scored a point, but Sweden took a 3-1 lead with a point in the second end and back-to-back steals in the third and fourth.

Canada scored two in the fifth to tie the game, and the teams exchanged deuces in the sixth and seventh to set up Sweden’s winning shot in the eighth.

“It’s obviously not the finish we were hoping for, but we had a good week,” Peterman said.

Earlier in the day, Peterman and Gallant defeated Olympic gold-medallist John Shuster of the United States and his partner Cory Christensen 9-5 in the semifinal. The Americans went on to defeat Australia 5-4 in an extra end to claim bronze.

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