Gallant, MacLean off to curling junior finals

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Tiebreakers undeway on men's side after five teams tie for second place

Christopher Gallant and Amanda MacLean have each clinched spots in Sunday’s final at the Pepsi provincial juniors curling championship in Cornwall.

Gallant was a perfect 6-0 on the men’s side while MacLean was 4-0 in women’s competition. The final will take place Sunday at 7 p.m.

MacLean, from the host Cornwall Curling Club, clinched the bye with an 8-2 victory in eight ends over Emily Keen (Charlottetown/Cornwall) Saturday morning.

“It means a whole lot to us,” MacLean told The Guardian Saturday night. “We automatically go to the final and our team worked hard to get there. . . Our big goal this year is to get to nationals and this is one step forward towards that goal.”

The team of MacLean, third Kassinda Bulger, second Emily Gray, lead Aleya Quilty and alternate Jane DiCarlo scored in each of the first five ends to lead 6-0 en route to victory.

The MacLean rink has played together for about five years and represented Prince Edward Island at the 2011 Canada Games.

Cornwall’s Veronica Smith (3-1) and Kaleigh MacKay (2-2) play in Sunday’s semifinal at 2:30 p.m. MacKay’s rink is a combination of players from the Crapaud and Silver Fox clubs.

MacLean plays the winner at 7 p.m.

“It’s just another game,” MacLean said of the final. “We’ll have to see what happens, end by end, shot by shot.”

 

Men’s

Gallant had a pair of victories Saturday to capture top spot.

The Charlottetown rink includes third Kyle Holland, second Taylor McInnis and lead Andrew Cameron. The team won last year’s championship with Alex Matters skipping. McInnis joined the team this year.

Gallant opened Saturday by doubling Cornwall’s Tyler Smith 4-2 and ended the round robin with an 8-6 victory in 11 ends over Summerside’s Alex MacFadyen.

There is a five-way tie for second place, resulting in the following tiebreakers:

Saturday

7:15 p.m.

– Shawn Pitre vs. Alex MacFadyen

Sunday

10 a.m.

– Winner of Pitre/MacFadyen vs. Cody Dixon

– Matthew MacLean vs. Tyler Smith

2:30 p.m.

The two winners of Sunday morning’s games play in the semifinal

7 p.m.

Final

For more details visit http://peicurling.com/juniors/

Organizations: Pepsi, Cornwall Curling Club, Silver Fox

Geographic location: Cornwall, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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