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B.C.'s Van Osch cruises into playoffs at Canadian juniors

The Canadian Press

1/23/2014 5:39:30 PM

LIVERPOOL, N.S. - B.C.'s Kalia Van Osch locked up a semifinal berth in women's competition at the Canadian junior curling championships Thursday with a 7-6 extra-end win over New Brunswick's Jessica Daigle.

After going 4-2 in the preliminary round, Van Osch's rink won all four matches in the championship round to advance to Saturday's three-team playoff round.

"Winning all four of our games was a pretty big bonus, and it's a bit of a load off," said Van Osch. "We don't have to worry about playing a tiebreaker; we know we're in the semi. We had a couple close games this week that we didn't win where I didn't make the last shot, so it was really nice to go out there and have to make that last shot and deal with the pressure -- that's what's going to be coming in the playoffs."

Alberta has qualified for the playoffs.

Meanwhile, in men's championship round play, Alberta's Carter Lautner beat Ontario's Ryan McCrady 4-2; Saskatchewan's Tyler Hartung downed B.C.'s Cameron de Jong 11-4; and Manitoba's Braden Calvert turned back Nova Scotia's Robert Mayhew 8-2.

Manitoba has already qualified for the men's final.