Winnipeg-based Team Canada blanked Estonia 4-0 yesterday to se cure second spot in the B pool of the 2009 World Bandy Championships in Vasteras, Sweden.
Canada avenged a 4-3 loss to Estonia in the opening game. Brett Gavrailoff scored two goals, with singles from Brandon Ellement and Neal Dawson.
"We are satisfied with the result," Canada playing coach Costa Cholakis said in a release. "Of course, our main goal is to defeat U.S.A. ... "
Canada is competed against U.S.A., Holland, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, and Mongolia in the B pool. U.S.A. went undefeated to take top spot in the pool.
CURLING FIRST FOR BRANDON
The 2009-10 Manitoba Curling Tour Championships will be held at the Wheat City Curling Club in Brandon for the first time, Dec. 18-20, with the men's winner earning a berth into the 2010 men's provincials.
A shift in the timing ... was required for next season," MCT president Andy Stewart said in a re lease. "We wanted to avoid curling on New Year's Day, and we can't conflict with the Safe way (Championship) zone playdowns."
The winner of the MCT's Shaw Fort Rouge Open, held during Christmas week, will have deferred eligibility to the 2010 MCT Championships.
Winnipeg's Orest Dobinsky qualified for last night's semi finals in the Capital One Million Dollar Button Contest. The winn er will attempt to cover the button during the fourth-end break of today's final at the MTS Centre live on CBC-TV. The final starts at 1 p.m.
To clarify our note about the junior yesterday, the two junior men's and two junior women's berths usually awarded at the annual Junior Christmas Bonspiel will be moved to other events because the junior provincials will be held before Christmas. One each will likely be added to the respective floating berth bonspiels. The other is currently up in the air.
In the 2009 Junior Christ mas Bonspiel, one junior men's and one junior women's berth will be awarded to the 2010 junior provincials.