LOGRONO, Spain – Canada’s two ice dancing entries at the sixth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit placed sixth and seventh on Saturday.
Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac of France won the gold medal with Betina Popova and Yuri Vlasenko of Russia second and Elliana Pogrebinsky and Alex Benoit of the U.S. third.
Mackenzie Bent of Uxbridge, Ont., and Dmitre Razgulajevs of Ajax, Ont., were sixth and Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha seventh.
Bent and Razgulajevs, a new partnership this season, won the silver medal at the season’s second stop in Colorado.
“We achieved our goals this weekend,” said Bent, 17. “The result wasn’t what we had hoped for so we have to examine why that happened. But our goal for these junior Grand Prix is to show improvement and combined with our hard work in practice that is definitely happening.”
Lajoie and Lagha were pleased with their international debut. They produced the sixth best free dance of the day.
“It went super well, and I didn’t expect us to do this well,” said Lajoie, 14. “But we’ve been skating together for four years so I think that showed today. We weren’t as nervous as a couple which may have been together for a short time.”
Canada had no entries in men’s and women’s competition and there is no pairs event at this stop.  The seventh and last stop before the Final is this Thursday to Saturday in Zagreb, Croatia.