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Canadian men on a tear; women, not so much

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SOCHI, Russia -- Winnipeg's Matt Dunstone won both of his games while Corryn Brown lost in a blowout on a mixed day for Canada at the world junior curling championships.

Dunstone opened the round robin Thursday with a 9-6 win over Switzerland and followed with a 5-4 victory over Russia. In women's play, Corryn Brown's rink from Kamloops, B.C., dropped a 9-1 decision to Denmark.

In the first game, Dunstone jumped out to a 5-2 lead after four ends. Switzerland fought back to tie it in the ninth end but Dunstone made a double takeout to score three for the win.

"I like to hit," said Dunstone. "So it was nice when I got that chance, but we're hoping not even to be in that situation."

His rink then held off a solid host side by a single point.

"We're not quite at the top of our game yet," Dunstone said. "We know we've got some stronger teams coming up now. We've got Scotland in our next game and we're going to have to be on top of our game for that one."

Brown, meanwhile, will try to bounce back from the rout when she takes on Scotland on Friday at the Ice Cube Curling Center.

"It was a loss, but nothing that the girls haven't experienced before," said Canadian team leader Andrea Ronnebeck. "The girls say they've learned a lot from the game today and are excited about playing tomorrow. It's never a true loss when you take away the lesson."

Denmark, Japan, Russia and Scotland are 1-0 while Canada, Norway, Switzerland and the United States are 0-1. Sweden and the Czech Republic had the day off.

The Canadian men will return to the ice Saturday against Scotland.

Dunstone is tied with Italy for first place at 2-0. Norway and Scotland are next at 1-0, followed by Sweden and the United States at 1-1.

China and Switzerland are 0-1 while the Czech Republic and Russia are 0-2.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 1, 2013 C8

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