CALGARY - Everything went according to plan — perfect, actually — for Braeden Moskowy and his Saskatchewan curling squad.
Thirteen games. Thirteen triumphs.
And the Canadian junior men’s curling championship, to boot.
Moskowy and his Regina rink capped off an undefeated nine days of the 2011 Canadian Juniors by edging Ottawa’s Mat Camm 8-7 in Sunday night’s extra-end final at Calgary’s North Hill Curling Club.
“Oh my God,” Moskowy said. “It’s unbelievable. (To finish with a perfect record) is something to be extremely proud of. It’ll be something to look back on.
Indeed, one year after earning bronze at the 2010 Canadian Juniors, Moskowy returned with a vengeance.
He lost last year’s semifinal, 8-5 to Ontario Jake Walker, who defeated Camm in the provincial championship and went on to win bronze at the junior worlds. This year, he’ll represent Canada at the world juniors, March 5-13 in Perth, Scotland.
“It happens,” said Camm, 20, of Sunday night’s finale. “I was a bit heavy on my last rock. We played a great game. The other team played phenomenal.”
Every junior men’s team here lost to Moskowy, third Kirk Muyres, second Colton Flasch and lead Matt Lang of Regina’s Callie Curling Club.
Gang Green went 12-0 in the roundrobin, earning a bye to the final.
Meanwhile, Camm and his Ontario men — third Scott Howard (Glenn’s son), second David Mathers and lead Andrew Hamilton — picked up steam as they went along through the week to post a 9-3 record for second place and a spot in the semi.
Earlier Sunday, Camm & Co. collected 6-4 semifinal victory over Newfoundland and Labrador’s Colin Thomas. They used a three-end second and a last-rock hit-and-stick in the 10th to win the semifinal to earn a berth in Sunday night’s championship draw.
Then, in the night-cap, in what was the first junior men’s national final decided in an extra end since 2000, it came down to Moskowy’s last rock, as he needed to nose an Ontario rock off the button and sit to count one for the victory.
His rock did just that, and — after a measure ensured the triumph — Saskatchewan completed a sweep of the Canadian Juniors. Saskatoon’s Trish Paulsen won the junior women’s title with a 6-4 victory Saturday night over host Alberta’s Nadine Chyz.
It was all Saskatchewan on the board early, as Camm’s errors lead to Saskatchewan steals in the second and fifth ends for a 5-2 lead at intermission.
Then came the sixth and seven ends favouring Ontario, as Camm & Co. scored a deuce and stole two more in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead, and the game was on.
After a blank eighth, Moskowy made his ninth-end hammer count, taking advantage of a couple of Ontario miscues to count two off a three-rock tap back, spilling an Ontario stone off the button. It gave Saskatchewan a 6-5 lead coming home without the hammer.
In the 10th, another mess of rocks around the button allowed Saskatchewan to force Ontario to count just one, tying the game and sending it to an extra end.