P.E.I. rink picks up first win at the Brier

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Prince Edward Island skip Eddie MacKenzie watches his rock as Tyler MacKenzie, left, and Anson Carmody, right, sweep against Manitoba Sunday at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops, B.C.

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Prince Edward Island was 1-1 heading into Sunday night’s late draw at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops, B.C.

The Eddie MacKenzie-skipped Charlottetown Curling Complex rink met Northern Ontario (1-1) in the 10:30 p.m. ADT draw.

MacKenzie picked up his first win in the early draw, defeating Nova Scotia’s Jamie Murphy 7-5. The teams traded single points through the first four ends, traded deuces in the next two ends and singles in the seventh and eighth. MacKenzie scored a deuce in the ninth for the winning margin of victory.

P.E.I. lost by the identical score in the opening draw on Saturday to Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton.

MacKenzie led 3-2 after four ends before Stoughton scored singles in the next four ends to take a 6-3 lead. P.E.I. tied it with a deuce in the ninth, but Manitoba scored a single to win it in the 10th.

Team P.E.I. includes third Anson Carmody, second Tyler MacKenzie, lead Sean Legerwood, alternate Phil Gorveatt and coach Les Roger. They play Quebec today at 5:30 p.m. and British Columbia at 11 p.m. Both times are ADT.

The leader

Stoughton was the only unbeaten skip at the Canadian men’s curling championship after grinding out a 7-6 extra-end win over the Northwest-Yukon Territories Jamie Koe Sunday afternoon.

Stoughton was 3-0 at the Brier after John Morris and his B.C. rink fell 7-4 to Quebec’s Jean-Michel Menard.

In other games, Saskatchewan’s Steve Laycock defeated Northern Ontario’s Jeff Currie 6-4 and Ontario’s Greg Balsdon edged Newfoundland and Labrador’s Brad Gushue 7-6.

Menard, Balsdon and Morris are all tied at 2-1.

Gushue falls to 1-2 with Currie.

In the Quebec-B.C. game, Menard jumped into an early lead with a four in the first end and Morris couldn’t close the gap.

With files by The Canadian Press

Organizations: Tim Hortons Brier, Canadian Press

Geographic location: KAMLOOPS, Northern Ontario, Manitoba Prince Edward Island Quebec Nova Scotia British Columbia Saskatchewan Ontario Newfoundland and Labrador

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