Canada, skipped by Newfoundlander Nathan Young, has secured a playoff berth in mixed team curling at the World Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Young, an 18-year-old from Torbay, and teammates Emily Deschenes of Ottawa, Jaedon Neuert of Winnipeg and Lauren Rajala of Sudbury, Ont., defeated Spain 9-3 Monday to improve to 4-0, guaranteeing them a first-place finish in their six-team preliminary-round pool.
The top two finishers in each of the four pools advance to cross-over quarter-finals on Wednesday. Canada will face the second-place team in Pool D, which will be Japan.
But there is still one preliminary game remaining, on Tuesday against Estonia ,and Young told the World Curling Federation’s website (worldcurling.org) it’s important for the Canadians to keep improving on their game.
“We want to keep getting more comfortable with the ice,” he said. “Arena ice is different … we don’t get to play on arena ice often, so it is pretty cool.
“We want to take it all in, it’s not every day you get to play in front of a crowd like this.”
Young and Co. looked sharp against the Spaniards, stealing five points en route to their win. Of the 28 total points the Canadians have scored so far in the event, 18 have come on steals.