Team Owen Purcell takes bronze in curling for Canada

Lake Placid, NY – They didn’t make it back to the gold medal game, but Canada will leave Lake Placid with a medal in Men’s Curling as Team Owen Purcell took down Switzerland 3-2 in the bronze medal game on Friday night.

Team Owen Purcell of Dalhousie University found themselves in the bronze medal game after a tough 6-4 loss to Team Great Britain on Thursday night in the semifinals, The game, between the second and fourth ranked men’s teams began slowly, with neither team picking up points in the first two ends. Switzerland opened the scoring first though grabbing one each in the third and fourth end to go up 2-0. Canada slowly fought back though picking up points in the fifth and sixth end before the game ultimately found itself tied at 2-2 on the last stone.

It took a miracle throw from Team Purcell to win the game for Canada, however, as on the last rock of the game, he slid past a Swiss gaurd with a heavy throw before completing a triple-knockout to put Canada in a position to draw one. With a Swiss miss, Canada secured the bronze medal at the FISU Games, landing on the podium once again after finishing the Kransoyarsk 2019 FISU Games with the silver medal.

“I saw that last triple and I thought that the angles weren’t exactly in our favour for it, but I knew that if I threw it hard and if I hit the right angle on the run, I thought that we could have a decent shot at making it,” Purcell said. “It’s obviously pretty hard to throw it accurately when you’re pulling the rock in and giving it a shove at the end. But I managed to somehow hit the broom and made a pretty good shot and they had to make their last one.”

The Gold Medal game in Men’s Curling between the United States and Great Britain in Men’s Curling goes on Saturday at 2:00pm EST from the Saranac Lake Civic Centre and is available to watch on FISU.tv

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