Canadas Gallant earns playoff berth at world junior curling championships

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VANCOUVER - Canada's Brett Gallant beat China's Jialiang Zang 8-6 Tuesday to earn a berth in the men's playoffs at the world junior curling championship.
Gallant, whose rink has been cursed with slow starts so far at the tournament, jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the first two ends against China.
"That was a bit better," the Charlottetown native said. "(Slow starts) haven't really been a problem all year. Here we've been struggling a bit early in the week but we're coming around now".
In women's action, Winnipeg's Kaitlyn Lawes ended a two-game losing streak with a 13-4 trouncing of Japan's Satsuki Fujisawa.
Gallant rebounded after suffering his first loss of the tournament, 6-4 against Scotland, earlier Tuesday.
Canada doesn't play its final round-robin match until Thursday morning.
"It's nice to get some rest, but we're still gonna throw some practice rocks," said Gallant.
"We're also going up to Whistler. We'll do some touristy things."
Canada leads the field at 7-1, with Denmark and the U.S. at 5-2.
Sweden is at 4-3, Norway is at 4-4. China, Scotland and Switzerland are tied at 3-4. Russia sits at 2-5 and Germany are winless at 0-7.
In other games, Denmark's Rasmus Stjerne stole three points in the extra end to defeat Sweden's Oskar Eriksson, the 2008 silver medallist, by a score of 8-5.
Chris Plys of the United States defeated Russia's Andrey Drozdov 8-5 and Scotland's Graeme Black won his third match in a row, 8-6 over Norway's Kristian Rolvsjord.
In women's action, defending champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland escaped with a 10-8 win over Russia's Margarita Fomina. Scotland stole the victory when Fomina was heavy with her last-stone draw attempt.
Switzerland's Martina Baumann took a late three-ender to defeat France's Marie Coulot 7-5.
The Swiss now command first place with a 6-1 record. Scotland is second at 6-2, while Canada and Russia are tied at 5-2. The United States, skipped by Alexandra Carlson, is in the middle of the pack at 4-3.
The Czech Republic's Anna Kubeskova beat Denmark's Mette de Neegaard 8-4. The Czechs and Danes are both 2-5, as is Sweden's Anna Haselborg. Japan is last at 1-6.
The Vancouver Olympic Centre will play host to the 2010 Olympic curling and Paralympic Wheelchair curling competitions.

Organizations: Vancouver Olympic Centre

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

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