(April 17, 2009) – After the second day of competition at the ISU World Team Trophy Canada has moved one spot to second place with 53 points. Team Canada follows the USA who leads the competition with 59 points. Host country Japan is in third with 52 points.

Today the men’s and ice dance disciplines came to an end at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Also, the pair event began with the short program.

In the men’s free program Patrick Chan had an outstanding skate to finish second in the free skate. Chan collected nine points for the Canadian team. Teammate Vaughn Chipeur had another strong performance to earn seven points for Canada. The men collected a total of 16 points for Canada.

Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir continued to reinforce their presence on the ice and finished second in the free dance, adding 11 points to the Canadian tally.

Canadian Pair Champions Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison had two mistakes but still gained Canada 9 points after the short program.

Canadian team caption Scott Moir indicated that the men’s free program performances helped to inspire the rest of the Canada team. “Team Canada is very pleased with how today went, and obviously we moved up a spot. That’s extremely exciting. I think a lot of that is due to the men. They were determined to come out and have a strong skate today and kind of climbed the ladder a little bit up into the top six. I think they will motivate us for our skates tomorrow and hopefully trying getting closer to the powerhouse of the American team,” finished Moir.

The competition wraps up on Saturday with the pair free skate and the ladies free skate. Canada will have a chance to gain points in both disciplines with Joannie Rochette and Cynthia Phaneuf in ladies and Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison in pair.

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