Canadians find their groove

Jocelyn Peterman of Red Deer improved to 2-1 in the women’s division at the world junior curling championship Sunday, steam-rolling Norway 10-3.

OSTERSUND, Sweden — Jocelyn Peterman of Red Deer improved to 2-1 in the women’s division at the world junior curling championship Sunday, steam-rolling Norway 10-3.

Peterman scored three in the first end before carving out single steals in the second and third ends against Norway.

Norway got on the scoreboard with one in the fourth but the Canadians scored three in the fifth to lead 8-1 at the halftime break. Norway then added two in the sixth but Canada responded with two more in the seventh as Norwegian skip Kristine Davanger conceded.

“I guess now that we’ve gotten used to the ice, we’re really happy with our draw weight. We felt we just had to go for it and hopefully we can keep playing like this and throwing the way we are,” Peterman said. “We felt confident with our throws every time, so it feels good and the whole team is pretty close to where we want to be.”

Meanwhile, Canada’s Brendan Bottcher is tied atop the men’s standings with Sweden at 3-0 at the world junior curling championship after two wins Sunday.

Bottcher’s Edmonton rink defeated the U.S. 9-6 in an extra end in the morning draw before getting past Switzerland 7-6.

Bottcher went to an extra end against the U.S. but won when American skip Stephen Dropkin failed with a double take-out attempt.

“(The Americans) took us as far as they could have in that game, but it was great to come through and win it,” Bottcher said. “(Dropkin) didn’t have much at the end of the extra end — they made a couple of misses and when you’re trying to steal you pretty much have to make everything.

“We started out a little slow there. Maybe sometime in the week we’ll figure out how to start out strong.”

Canada got off to a better start against the Swiss and led 5-2 lead after four ends. But Switzerland hung around and eventually tied the score with single points in the eighth and ninth ends before Bottcher was forced to deliver a perfect draw in the 10th to score one for the victory.

“We had control at the start but then they played great and battled back,” Bottcher said. “It was a real close one.”

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