SUMMERSIDE — Defending women’s champion Veronica Smith is a perfect 3-0 after three draws in the Pepsi P.E.I. junior curling championships here at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.
Smith, who curls out of the Cornwall Curling Club, opened play with an 11-5 win over clubmate Emily Keen on Thursday night, and followed that up with two wins on Friday – 8-2 over Cornwall’s Meghan Ching and 7-4 over the Silver Fox’s Jenny McLean (0-3).
Amanda MacLean of Cornwall is the only other undefeated women’s team at 2-0. In her lone game on Friday, MacLean counted five in the eighth end to close out the scoring in a 10-2 victory over Keen in the afternoon draw.
Keen bounced back and overcame a 4-1 deficit to outlast Kaleigh MacKay’s combined Crapaud/Montague rink 8-5 in evening action. With MacKay (1-1) leading 5-4 after seven ends, Keen scored three with the hammer in the eighth end, and then stole a single point in the ninth for a 1-2 record.
The other women’s evening game featured Cornwall’s Lauren Moerike counting three in the 10th end for an 8-7 come-from-behind win over Ching. Moerike improved to 1-1 while Moerike fell to 1-2.
In men’s evening action, Kyle Holland of the Charlottetown Curling Complex scored a pair of three-enders and a deuce in handing defending-champion Tyler Smith a 9-5 setback. Holland is 2-0 and Smith is 1-1.
The Matthew MacLean rink from Cornwall and the Silver Fox is also 2-0. They scored five in the opening end en route to an 11-3 triumph over the Silver Fox’s Justin Campbell (1-1).
Alex MacFadyen of the Silver Fox picked up a 9-3 win over Devin Schut to even his record at 1-1. Schut dropped to 0-2.
Holland and MacLean will meet in the A qualifier on Saturday morning.
In women’s afternoon action, MacLean led Keen 5-2 after seven ends, and then counted five in the eighth end for a 10-2 victory.
Smith recorded an 8-2 decision over Ching. Smith led 4-2 after six ends, then counted three with the hammer in the seventh to go up 7-2, and stole a single point in the eighth end.
MacKay scored three points in the 10th end with last-rock advantage to defeat McLean 8-5.
On the men’s side, Smith won his opening game 10-7 over MacFadyen.
MacFadyen scored three in the fifth end to take a 6-3 lead into the break. However, Smith countered with a deuce in the sixth end, and then stole three in the seventh and two more in the eighth before MacFadyen closed out the scoring with a single point in the ninth end.
Leslie Noye of the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton stole six points in defeating Donald DeWolfe of the Cornwall Curling Club 9-2 to even his record at 1-1 (won-lost). DeWolfe is 0-2.
The winning rinks will represent P.E.I. at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian junior curling championships in Liverpool, N.S., from Jan. 18 to 26.
Saturday’s draws are scheduled for 9 a.m., and 6 p.m.