Journey over for Brown rink
Corryn Brown's Kamloops rink has come to the end of the line at the world junior curling championships in Sochi, Russia.
Skip Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher and lead Sydney Fraser — with alternate Cathlia Ward and coach Ken Brown — were unable to recover from an 0-4 start, finishing out of the playoffs with a 3-6 record.
The Canadian rink split its final two round-robin draws on Thursday, March 7 — losing 7-6 to Sweden in the early game before bouncing back with an 8-6 win over Norway in the afternoon.
Scotland’s Hannah Fleming (8-1) will meet Japan’s Sayaka Yoshimura (6-3) in the first round of the Page-system playoffs, with the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden and Denmark – all of which finished with 5-4 records – left to fight it out in tiebreakers to determine the other first-round matchup.
On the men's side, Matt Dunstone's Canadian men's team qualified for the playoffs with an 8-3 win over China on Thursday.
Canada finished the round-robin 7-2, behind only Kyle Smith of Scotland (8-1). Those two nations will meet in Round 1 of the playoffs on Friday, March 8.
The winner will advance to the gold-medal game, slated for Sunday, March 10.