Holland, Smith earn berths in junior curling finals

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Matthew MacLean checks out his options while Kyle Holland looks on from the background during a Saturday morning matchup in the Pepsi P.E.I. junior curling championships at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. Holland defeated MacLean 8-0 on Sunday night to advance to Monday night’s men’s final.

SUMMERSIDE — The Kyle Holland rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex has earned a berth in Monday’s men’s final of the Pepsi P.E.I. junior curling championships.

Holland blanked Cornwall’s Matthew MacLean rink 8-0 in only five ends in the Page A-vs.-B game on Sunday night. The MacLean team will face defending-champion Tyler Smith and his Montague rink in Monday’s semifinal at 2 p.m., with the winner going to the final against Holland on Monday at 7 p.m.

The Smith foursome beat Alex MacFadyen from the host Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club by a 7-4 score in the Page C-vs.-D game on Sunday evening to advance to the semifinal. The game was tied at 3-3, but Smith took the lead with a triple in the sixth end, and led 7-4 coming home, running MacFadyen out of rocks in the 10th end.

Women

Meanwhile, in women’s play, Cornwall’s Emily Keen rink took third place in the round robin, and the final spot in the championship round on Sunday afternoon, with a 9-7 win over Jenny McLean of the host club.

The other team that was in contention for the spot was the Kaleigh MacKay rink from Crapaud and the Silver Fox. They needed a win, plus a Keen loss to advance, but lost their game 6-4 to Charlottetown’s Lauren Moerike.

The other Sunday afternoon game, which didn’t affect the championship round, had Cornwall’s Amanda MacLean, who had earlier secured second place, beat clubmate Meghan Ching 10-4.

The Veronica Smith rink from Cornwall earned the opportunity to defend their provincial junior women’s title by locking up first place and a bye to the final by being the only team to go through round robin play undefeated.

Smith counted a four-point fifth end in handing MacLean her first loss in the Sunday morning draw by a 9-4 score. MacLean takes on Keen in Monday’s semifinal at 2 p.m., with the winner facing Smith in the 7 p.m. final.

Men

The final two spots for the men’s Page round were also determined Sunday afternoon, with MacFadyen beating Silver Fox clubmate Justin Campbell 12-4 to take the C qualifier.

Smith won the D qualifier when the Leslie Noye rink from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton was unable to get to the venue due to weather conditions, and had to forfeit their game against the Montague foursome.

Holland qualified out of the A section of the triple-knockout round on Saturday morning, with a 5-2 win over MacLean. On Sunday morning, MacLean took the B qualifier, defeating Smith 8-1.

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.

Organizations: Silver Fox, Pepsi P.E.I., Western Community Curling Club

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Liverpool

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