OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada’s novice ice dancers won two medals at the 2018 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships this week. The Canadian novice teams claimed two of three podium positions winning the silver and bronze medals at the second stop on the 2018 North American Series, which was held at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York.

Isabel McQuilkin and Jacob Portz, of Calgary, Alta., were less than 1.5 points from the gold medal, finishing with a score of 113.44. They were edged out by Jordan Lin and Morgan Sletten of the U.S.A. who stood at the top of the podium with 114.82 points. Aya Hammond of Kingston, Ont., and Michael Barsoum of Toronto, Ont., won the bronze medal, scoring 99.86.

Finishing just off the podium in fourth place were Mia Saunders and William Oddson, of Calgary, Alta., with 99.31 points. Other Canadian results in the event included Juliette and Lucas Shadid, of Newport Beach, California, who scored 92.35 points to land in sixth place and Kiera Kam of Burnaby, B.C., and Mathew Carter of Langley, B.C., following in seventh with 86.80.

The final stop on the 2018 North American Series takes place in Canada at the Skate Ontario Summer Skate in Toronto (North York), Ontario, from August 16-19, 2018.

The 2018 North American Series was developed by U.S. Figure Skating and Skate Canada’s Athlete Development and High Performance Development Departments to provide international development competition opportunities for athletes that competed at the sectional or national level, to simulate an international competition, and compete against top novice-level athletes from both the U.S. and Canada.