Kaleigh MacKay won twice Thursday and sits atop the women’s standings at the Pepsi provincial junior curling championships in Cornwall.
MacKay opened the day with an 8-7 extra end victory over Cornwall’s Rachel O’Connor. MacKay’s team is a combination of players from Crapaud and Silver Fox curling clubs.
The MacKay rink of Kaleigh Peters, Alyssa Wright and Madeline Arsenault scored three in the first with the hammer and added singles in the third, fifth, seventh, eighth and 11th ends.
The O’Connor-skipped squad, which includes Meghan Ching, Lauren Lenentine and Breanne Burgoyne, scored singles in the second, fourth and ninth and added deuces in the sixth and 10th to force an extra end.
MacKay defeated Emily Keen 9-5 in nine ends to double up on the day.
MacKay scored deuces in the third, sixth and seventh ends and singles in the first, fifth and eighth ends.
Keen’s rink, which is from Charlottetown and Cornwall, scored twice in the second and fourth ends and one in the ninth. The team includes Jessica Watts, Kayla Schut and Jenny Mutch.
Amanda MacLean won her opening game of the five-team tournament, defeating Veronica Smith 7-6 in an all-Cornwall contest.
MacLean scored deuces in the first and ninth ends and singles in the third, fourth and 10th ends. Smith replied with a deuce in the sixth and singles in the second, fifth, seventh and eighth ends.
Keen evened her record at 1-1 with a 9-3 victory over O’Connor (0-3) in the evening draw.
Charlottetown’s Christopher Gallant is 2-0 and atop the men’s standings after defeating Summerside’s Justin Campbell 11-3 and Montague’s Cody Dixon 9-6.
Gallant scored triples in the seventh and ninth ends to propel him to the first win.
After Dixon opened with a three-spot with the hammer in their game, the Charlottetown rink responded.
Gallant, who’s team includes Kyle Holland, Taylor McInnis and Andrew Cameron, scored deuces in the second and fifth ends, added three in the seventh and singles in the ninth and 10th. Dixon added singles in the third, sixth and eighth ends.
Alex MacFadyen’s rink from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club is 2-1. He opened the day with an 8-3 loss to Charlottetown’s Shawn Pitre, but bounced back with a 9-6 victory over the Matthew MacLean team, which includes players from Cornwall and O’Leary.
Pitre, who has only played the one game, scored deuces in the fourth, fifth and eighth ends with singles in the second and third en route to victory. MacFadyen had three in the seventh.
The MacFadyen rink found themselves trailing
4-3 after three ends to MacLean, but scored in four of the remaining six end and only gave up two points to earn the victory.
MacLean beat Cornwall’s Tyler Smith 11-7, despite trailing 5-2 after Smith scored four in the fourth.
MacLean responded with two in the fifth and eighth ends, four in the sixth and a single in the ninth.
Smith beat Dixon 9-6 for his lone win.
Action continues today with draws at 10 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Cornwall Curling Club. The finals are slated for Sunday.
Provincial junior curling championships at the Cornwall Curling Club:
Christopher Gallant 2 0
Shawn Pitre 1 0
Alex MacFadyen 2 1
Matthew MacLean 1 1
Tyler Smith 1 1
Justin Campbell 0 2
Cody Dixon 0 3
Kaleigh MacKay 2 0
Amanda MacLean 1 0
Emily Keen 1 1
Veronica Smith 1 1
Rachel O'Connor 0 3
Smith 9, Dixon 6
Pitre 8, MacFadyen 3
Gallant 11, Campbell 3
MacLean 11, Smith 7
MacFadyen 9, MacLean 6
Gallant 9, Dixon 6
Pitre 9, Campbell 5
MacKay 8, O'Connor 7
MacKay 9, Keen 5
MacLean 7, Smith 6
Keen 9, O'Connor 3
Ice 1 – MacLean vs. O'Connor
Ice 2 – Smith vs. Pitre
Ice 3 – MacLean vs. Gallant
Ice 4 – Campbell vs. Dixon
Ice 2 – Smith vs. Keen
Ice 3 – MacLean vs. MacKay
Ice 4 – Smith vs. MacFadyen
Ice 1 – Gallant vs. Pitre
Ice 2 – MacLean vs. Dixon