03/25/2015 02:17 EDT | Updated 05/24/2015 05:59 EDT

Canadians Weaver and Poje score 72.68 in short dance, sit second heading into free dance

SHANGHAI - Canadian ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje sit in second place after scoring a season best 72.68 in the short dance on Wednesday at the ISU world figure skating championships.

The duo from Waterloo, Ont. trail only Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates, who scored 74.47 to head into the free-dance routine on top of the 30-team field.

Italy's Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte round out the top three with a score of 72.39.

Weaver and Poje, who are favoured to win gold, are one of three Canadian pairs who advanced to Friday's free dance.

Toronto's Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont. are in seventh spot after skating a season best 65.90 while Alexandra Paul of Midhurst, Ont. and Toronto's Mitchell Islam scored a season high 64.38 to claim the eighth spot.

Weaver and Poje have won gold in every ice dance competition this season— including both their Grand Prix events, the Grand Prix Final and the Four Continents last month.

They are looking to erase the disappointment of last year’s world championships, where they missed gold by 0.02 of a point.