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Prince Edward Island skip Adam Casey delivers a rock during curling action at the Brier in Calgary on Sunday.
CALGARY — It was a weekend of nail-biting games for P.E.I.’s Adam Casey rink.
Casey, third stone Josh Barry, second stone Anson Carmody and lead Robbie Doherty played three close games, including one just to qualify for the main draw of the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier.
Casey defeated Team Canada’s John Morris 7-4 in Sunday afternoon’s draw, and took a 1-1 record into the evening draw against British Columbia’s Jim Cotter. Results of that game were unavailable at press time.
Against Morris, Casey counted single points in five of the 10 ends, and a deuce in another. Casey took a 6-4 lead into the final end, but the game came down to Morris’s hammer shot – he missed a flat double to give Casey a steal of one.
The P.E.I. representative, which curls out of the Silver Fox in Summerside and Charlottetown Curling Complex, opened round-robin play with an 8-7 loss to Ontario’s Mark Kean on Saturday night. Ontario scored single points in the ninth and 10th ends for the win.
Casey never led until the eighth end when he took a 7-6 lead.
The Brier’s main draw consists of Team Canada and the 10 provinces with the best-combined records in the previous three championships. That left P.E.I., Yukon and Nova Scotia to play a single round robin, with the top two teams advancing to a final. All three teams finished 1-1, and a draw to the button determined the two finalists.
In the final, Casey recorded back-to-back steals to go into the fifth-end break up 5-2.
Smallwood got two back in the sixth, and after the seventh was blanked Casey counted one with the hammer in the eighth to go up 6-4. Smallwood made it 6-5 in the ninth end, and then stole a single point in the 10th to tie the game.
In the extra end, Casey did not have to throw his final shot as Smallwood overcurled on a freeze attempt, leaving the P.E.I. rink counting one.
P.E.I.’s lone game Monday is against Quebec’s Jean-Michel Menard at 4:30 p.m., Atlantic Time.