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Canadian Rocque wins twice at world junior curling championship

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The Canadian Press
2/28/2014 6:18:45 PM
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FLIMS, Switzerland - Edmonton's Kelsey Rocque captured two wins Friday in the women's draw at the world junior curling championship.

Rocque's rink had steals in two ends and scored four in the eighth en route to an 8-3 win over Sweden before claiming an 8-5 victory over Switzerland. That left Canada (4-2) in a four-way tie for second behind front-running Russia (5-1).

"That was a strong performance by the team overall," Rocque said between games. "I think that win will help our confidence a lot.

"We had two tough losses (Thursday) so carrying that forward, we know we can play well and compete at this level."

Rocque took control of the match against Switzerland by scoring two with the hammer and registering steals in two ends en route to a 6-1 lead at the break. The Swiss rallied before the hometown crowd but the Canadians held on for the win.

Rocque takes on American Cory Christensen (4-2) on Saturday.

In men's action, Winnipeg's Braden Calvert dropped a 10-5 decision to Scotland before rallying for an 8-4 win over China. That leaves the Canada (2-3) in a three-way tie for sixth.

Canada fell behind Scotland 6-1 through five ends but cut the deficit to 7-5 after eight. But Smith scored three in the ninth to clinch the victory.

Calvert said coming back for the win over winless China (0-5) was good for his squad.

"It was really good to bounce back and get a win like that," said Calvert. "The guys played really good and it gives us a lot of momentum going into (Saturday)."

Canada faces Norway (5-0) and Switzerland (3-2) on Saturday.

Curling (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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