LJUBLJANA, Slovenia – Conrad Orzel of Woodbridge, Ont., came within 0.01 points of reaching the podium on Friday in a fourth place finish in men’s competition at the sixth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Petr Gumennik of Russia won the gold medal with 219.25 points. Tomoki Hiwatashi of the U.S. was second at 215.16 and Koshiro Shimada of Japan was third at 212.95. Orzel, fifth after Thursday’s short program, followed at 212.94 with the fourth best free skate.

Both Orzel’s overall score and free skate score were personal international bests. He was fourth at his other Junior Grand Prix assignment in Austria last month. In his free skate to music from Romeo and Juliet, he landed the quad Salchow and quad toe as well as two triple Axels including one in combination.

In ice dancing after the short dance, Ellie Fisher and Simon-Pierre Malette-Paquette of Montreal are fifth less than three points out of third place. Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Paul Ayer of Brossard, Que., are sixth less than seven points off a podium position.

In the women’s short program, Aurora Cotop of Thornhill, Ont., placed 11th.

Competition ends Saturday with the free dance and women’s free skate.

Full results ISU Junior Grand Prix: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1819/jgpslo2018/

Canadians in medal hunt in Finland

ESPOO, Finland – Action got underway Friday at the Filandia Open in Espoo, Finland.

After the short programs, Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., are third in pairs; Nicolas Nadeau of Blainville, Que., is fourth in men’s competition and Véronik Mallet of Sept-Iles, Que., is seventh after the women’s short.

Full results Filandia Open: CS Finlandia Trophy Espoo 2018