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Rod MacDonald of the Charlottetown Curling Complex throws his stone during play at the provincial men's curling championship Thursday in Crapaud.
Rod MacDonald plays Eddie MacKenzie with a playoff spot on the line this morning at the Tankard provincial men’s curling championship.
Both MacDonald and MacKenzie won their second games of the 10-team, triple-knockout tournament on Thursday afternoon. Both teams are from the Charlottetown Curling Complex.
MacDonald scored a triple in the 10th end for a 6-5 victory over Robert Shaw (Charlottetown). Shaw stole a deuce in the ninth when MacDonald’s draw was five inches too long to break a 3-3 tie.
MacDonald had a draw for three with his final rock and nailed it this time, but not without some tense moments.
“My last one picked about 10 feet over the hog-line but it still had enough weight to get to the house,” MacDonald said last night.
“It jumped about three feet sideways, so I got a little worried about it but the guys got it there.”
The four-time provincial champ said it was important victory as a win this morning gives him one of the four playoff berths.
“You need some breaks in this thing to win it. That’s certainly one that we were fortunate enough to win.”
MacKenzie scored a triple in the ninth and deuces in the third and sixth ends to beat Charlottetown’s Robert Campbell 9-3.
The host club’s Allan Inman and Cornwall’s Ted MacFadyen both loss their third game and were eliminated Thursday.
Organizers have pushed ahead today’s draws at the Crapaud Community Curling Club to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. due to the storm in the forecast.
The Page playoffs begin Saturday at 4 p.m. with the final slated for 4 p.m. Sunday.
MacDonald 2 0
MacKenzie 2 0
Weeks 3 1
Gaudet 2 1
Shaw 2 2
Campbell 2 2
Bernard 2 2
Newson 1 2
MacFadyen 0 3
Inman 0 3
Weeks 6 Newson 5
MacKenzie 9 Campbell 3
Gaudet 7 Bernard 5
MacDonald 6 Shaw 5
Gaudet 7 Campbell 3
Bernard 12 MacFadyen 5
Weeks 9 Shaw 7
Newson 9 Inman 0
Weeks vs. Gaudet
MacDonald vs. MacKenzie
Bernard vs. Newson
Shaw vs. Campbell
Losers of Friday’s morning’s draw