Brandon’s Brayden Payette and his Team Canada rink are World Junior Curling champions following a convincing 7-2 win over Team Switzerland in the men’s gold medal game in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on Saturday morning.
Team Canada, which plays out of Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club, is skipped by Winnipeg’s Jacques Gauthier. Along with Payette, the rink is comprised of Winnipeg’s Zack Bilawka and Jordan Peters.
The game had been a low-scoring affair through the initial five ends before Canada put two on the board in each of the 6th and 7th ends to take control. After stealing one more in eight, Switzerland would score one in the 9th before skip Yves Wagenseil would call it a game at the 7-2 final score.
Payette joined the team for what will be his final junior curling season in 2019-2020 after having previously skipped a foursome out of Brandon. The rink won their way into the World Junior tournament with a near-perfect Canadian Junior tournament that saw them win 10 of 11 games.
Canada had finished the round-robin portion of this week's tournament with a 7-2 record, then earned their spot in the championship final with a 7-4 win over Germany in Friday's semi-final.
The foursome follows in the footsteps of Carberry’s Braden Calvert, who skipped his rink to World Junior gold in 2015. The win now makes it three straight years that gold has been won by Canada, with British Columbia’s Tyler Tardi having taken home gold in each of 2018 and 2019.
Later on Saturday, Mackenzie Zacharias‘ Altona rink topped previously undefeated Korea 7-5 to claim the Women’s title and double-gold for Manitoba teams at the event.
Photo: © World Curling Federation
Updated: Feb 22, 7:24am. Added women’s result