Gallant improves to 6-0 in mens action at world junior curling championships

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VANCOUVER - Canada's Brett Gallant improved to 6-0 at the world junior curling championships Monday with a 7-5 win over Rasmus Stjerne of Denmark.
Gallant, of Charlottetown, struggled early but made a series of clutch shots in the second half to remain unbeaten after seven draws.
"That was a tight game," Gallant said. "They outplayed us in the first half. They probably didn't play their best game today.
"I just think we're starting off poorly. But I guess it's better to come out hard in the second half than not come out at all."
In women's action, Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes lost her second match in a row, 10-3 to the United States.
Gallant faced two Danish stones on his last shot of the game, and had to make a delicate double-tap with down weight to clinch the win.
"That last one just came off enough," said Gallant. "Worst case, I knew we were going to an extra (end), because I had the top one."
Elsewhere, Russia's Andrey Drozdov upended Jialiang Zang of China 7-6. Zang scored five of his six points over the last half of the game, but miss a guard which allowed Drozdov to make his winning shot.
In other Draw 7 matches, Norway's Kristian Rolvsjord was an 8-3 winner over Germany's Konstantin Kaempf and Switzerland's Roger Meier hung on to beat Scotland's Graeme Black 6-4.
Black made a spirited charge to the finish line, and had a chance at a difficult double-takeout for three and the win on his last attempt. However, third Glen Muirhead appeared to miss the sweeping call.
"It's really disappointing," said a downcast Black, who fell to 1-4. "It's pretty gutting."
Denmark and Norway are tied for second place at 4-2. Sweden and the United States, both idle Monday, are 3-2 and Switzerland is 3-3. China is at 2-3, Russia is 2-4 and Germany is last at 0-6.
In women's action, Alexandra Carlson of the United States scored four in the eighth end to take the Canadians out of the match. The Americans added a steal of two in the ninth for a final score of 10-3. Russia, winners in 2006, served notice they intend to return to the podium by defeating France 11-3 in just six ends.
"We just believe in ourselves," said Russian third Ekaterina Galkina. "And we really want to win".
"Maybe because we just want that feeling again".
France's Marie Coulot (3-4) was never really in the match. Russia , skipped by Margarita Fomina, took one, stole three, dropped a deuce, then added a three in the forth and a big four-ender in the sixth.
Russia kept pace with Switzerland's Martina Baumann, who upset reigning world junior champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland by an 8-5 score.
Russia and Switzerland are tied for first place at 5-1. Scotland is at 5-2.
In the final game of the evening, Sweden's Anna Hasselborg took two points in the eighth and stole the ninth en route to a 7-5 win over Anna Kubeskova of the Czech Republic. Sweden is at 2-5, one game behind Denmark (2-4) and ahead of both the Czech Republic and Japan, who are at 1-5.

Geographic location: Russia, Denmark, Canada United States Switzerland Scotland VANCOUVER Charlottetown Sweden Norway Germany Czech Republic China France Japan

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