SOCHI, Russia -- Matt Dunstone of Winnipeg split his two matches Saturday at the world junior curling championship.
Dunstone got off to a rough start, losing 7-6 to Kyle Smith of Scotland in an extra end, but bounced back to win 5-3 against the Czech Republic's Marek Cernovsky and improved to 3-1 at the tournament.
Dunstone -- along third Colton Lott, second Daniel Grant and lead Brendan MacCuish -- was in control against Scotland for most of the game, but Smith forced the extra end with a deuce in 10 and stole a point for the win.
Against the Czechs, Dunstone again took control, scoring a deuce with hammer, and holding Cernovsky to singles.
"Great team effort," said Dunstone, who shot 96 per cent in the game. "The guys made it easy. They made my shots easier, so that's probably why the percentage is so high. We're getting better each and every game, and that's a good thing for us."
Corryn Brown's Kamloops, B.C., rink continued to struggle at the women's tournament, losing 9-3 to the hosts.
Brown's team of third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher, and lead Sydney Fraser are now winless through three matches.
"That was a tough one to take for sure," said Brown. "But hopefully we get the next couple going and gain some momentum.
"It was just a couple of missed shots here and there, that's kind of where the game turned around. We're just not coming out of the right end of the shots."
Brown will get a chance to enter the win column Sunday with a match against undefeated Japan (3-0). The men will take on Sweden's Patric Mabergs (2-2).
Norway leads the standings on the men' side at 4-0, followed by Scotland (3-0) and Canada. Scotland tops the women's side at 4-0, followed by Japan and the Czech Republic (2-1).