Mixed results for Canada on world junior curling championship opening day

A curling team use their brooms to point at the rocks as they strategize their next move. (Wong Maye-E/AP)

KRASNOYARSK, Russia — Winnipeg’s Jacques Gauthier split his first two games at the world junior curling championship Saturday while Mackenzie Zacharias of Altona, Man., lost her opener at the Crystal Ice Arena.

American Luc Violette edged Gauthier 5-4 in the opening session but the Canadian rebounded later in the day with an 8-3 rout of Sweden’s Daniel Magnusson.

Zacharias, meanwhile, dropped an 8-7 decision to Japan’s Sae Yamamoto.

Round-robin play continues through Thursday.

The finals are scheduled for Feb. 22.

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