Island curler stays calm and relaxed at Youth Olympics

Marcel Vander Wier
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P.E.I. goaltender posts shutout in first start for Canadian men's hockey team

Team Canada’s curling team will face the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals at the Youth Olympics today in Austria.

The rink, which features O’Leary’s Emily Gray, won its final two games of the preliminary round on Tuesday, toppling first-place Japan 9-4 and Germany 6-4.

The game against Germany was a makeup game after a power outage melted the ice and forced all of Saturday’s first draw matchups to be rescheduled.

The wins improved Canada’s round-robin record to 5-2, and see the squad finish second behind Sweden (6-1). 

Japan drops to third in the Red Pool with a record of 4-3.

The unbeaten United States (7-0) won the Blue Pool. 

Switzerland came in second (6-1) and the Czech Republic, third (4-3).

Gray told The Guardian she has felt “very calm and relaxed” throughout the tournament.

“Throughout the games, this sense of calmness has definitely carried, and hopefully it will last until (Wednesday) when it really matters,” she said via e-mail Tuesday.

Team Canada is comprised of lead Gray, skip Thomas Scoffin of Whitehorse, Yukon, second Derek Oryniak of Winnipeg, Man., and third Corryn Brown of Kamloops. B.C.

Gray is in Innsbruck along with her parents, Randy and Shelley Gray, her grandparents, Richard and Wanda Livingstone, and her younger brother Alex.

Gray said the P.E.I. contingent is staying in brand-new apartment buildings in the athletes’ village.

“Athletes are the first ones to live in them, so the accommodations are absolutely great,” she said.


Men’s hockey

Elliotvale’s Sam Walsh saw his first action of the tournament Tuesday and posted a shutout versus host  Austria.

Walsh stopped all 16 shots he faced in a 9-0 win for Team Canada.

Canada improved to 2-1 on the tournament, after losing 4-3 to Russia and beating the United States 5-1.

Canada faces Finland (2-1) this morning.

The hockey competition semifinals are Friday. The bronze-medal game is Saturday followed by the gold-medal game on Sunday. 

Organizations: Youth Olympics, Team Canada

Geographic location: Canada, Czech Republic, Austria Germany Sweden Japan United States Switzerland Whitehorse Yukon Winnipeg Kamloops Innsbruck Russia Finland

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Recent comments

  • Ernie Arnold
    January 18, 2012 - 10:53

    Well done, Sam of luck and have a great time!!

    • Lori
      January 18, 2012 - 19:51

      Great Job Sam, Elliotvale is proud of you!!!!

    • Lori
      January 18, 2012 - 19:53

      Great Job Sam, Elliotvale is proud of you!!!!