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Manitoba wins second-straight Canadian junior men’s curling crown


Braden Calvert and Jacob Hersikorn battled it out in a seesaw battle, but in the end Manitoba celebrated its second-straight Canadian Junior Men’s curling crown.

Calvert, along with third Kyle Kurz, second Lucas van den Bosch and lead Brendan Wilson, under the watchful eye of coach Tom Clasper, won the 2015 M & M Meat Shops Canadian junior men’s curling title with an 8-6 win over Saskatchewan’s Jacob HersikornSunday night at the Pepsi Centre.

Calvert held a 5-2 lead after six ends and looked to be in total command, but Hersikorn bounced back to score a deuce in the seventh to erase the deficit to a single point.

Calvert picked up a single point in the eighth for a 6-4 advantage, but the drama continued as Hersikorn answered with a deuce in the ninth to put them even at 6-6 going into the 10th.

Calvert scored two in the 10th after Hersikorn came up short with his last rock to claim the victory.

“Definitely in a little bit of shock right now and we’re just overwhelmed and excited about winning the national championship, and I’m sure it will sink in a little bit more tomorrow,” Calvert said after winning the title.

Calvert felt both teams came up with a solid effort, but didn’t see any point in the seesaw battle where his rink didn’t have control.

He credited the Saskatchewan boys for a great effort and felt the experience of having won the title last year was certainly helpful in the run to the top for a second-straight year.

“It made us handle the nerves a little bit better and we were a lot more comfortable this year I thought,” he said.

Calvert and company earned the bronze medal at the world junior men’s curling championship so now the focus shifts to representing Canada in Estonia at this year’s world showcase event for the top juniors.

“We can’t wait to go put the Maple Leaf on and do Canada proud, and hopefully do a little better than we did last year,” he said.

Hersikorn had an impressive run to the final, downing Quebec 8-7 in a tie-breaker with a double takeout in the 10th and repeating the same feat in an 8-6 win over bronze-medal winner Rene Comeau of New Brunswick in the semifinal matchup.

“We were on our last life for the last three games and we fell a little short,” a soft-spoken Hersikorn said afterwards.

He felt the team only had one bad day throughout the tournament, but just didn’t make more shots with a little more precision to knock off the defending champion.

He gave the champions full marks for their victory.

“They have the experience on us I guess and they deserved it,” he said.

There was also a repeat on the women’s side too as Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque defeated Ontario’s Chelsea Brandwood by an 8-2 score in Saturday night’s women’s final showdown.

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Calvert, along with third Kyle Kurz, second Lucas van den Bosch and lead Brendan Wilson, under the watchful eye of coach Tom Clasper, won the 2015 M & M Meat Shops Canadian junior men’s curling title with an 8-6 win over Saskatchewan’s Jacob HersikornSunday night at the Pepsi Centre.

Calvert held a 5-2 lead after six ends and looked to be in total command, but Hersikorn bounced back to score a deuce in the seventh to erase the deficit to a single point.

Calvert picked up a single point in the eighth for a 6-4 advantage, but the drama continued as Hersikorn answered with a deuce in the ninth to put them even at 6-6 going into the 10th.

Calvert scored two in the 10th after Hersikorn came up short with his last rock to claim the victory.

“Definitely in a little bit of shock right now and we’re just overwhelmed and excited about winning the national championship, and I’m sure it will sink in a little bit more tomorrow,” Calvert said after winning the title.

Calvert felt both teams came up with a solid effort, but didn’t see any point in the seesaw battle where his rink didn’t have control.

He credited the Saskatchewan boys for a great effort and felt the experience of having won the title last year was certainly helpful in the run to the top for a second-straight year.

“It made us handle the nerves a little bit better and we were a lot more comfortable this year I thought,” he said.

Calvert and company earned the bronze medal at the world junior men’s curling championship so now the focus shifts to representing Canada in Estonia at this year’s world showcase event for the top juniors.

“We can’t wait to go put the Maple Leaf on and do Canada proud, and hopefully do a little better than we did last year,” he said.

Hersikorn had an impressive run to the final, downing Quebec 8-7 in a tie-breaker with a double takeout in the 10th and repeating the same feat in an 8-6 win over bronze-medal winner Rene Comeau of New Brunswick in the semifinal matchup.

“We were on our last life for the last three games and we fell a little short,” a soft-spoken Hersikorn said afterwards.

He felt the team only had one bad day throughout the tournament, but just didn’t make more shots with a little more precision to knock off the defending champion.

He gave the champions full marks for their victory.

“They have the experience on us I guess and they deserved it,” he said.

There was also a repeat on the women’s side too as Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque defeated Ontario’s Chelsea Brandwood by an 8-2 score in Saturday night’s women’s final showdown.

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