Holland wins men’s A qualifier
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Kyle Holland of the Charlottetown Curling Complex intently follows a shot during Saturday morning’s A qualifier final against the Cornwall/Silver Fox rink of Matthew MacLean in the Pepsi P.E.I. junior curling championships. Holland won the game 5-2.
SUMMERSIDE – The defending-champion Veronica Smith rink and the Amanda MacLean team remained undefeated in the Pepsi P.E.I. junior curling championships for participants under the age of 21 on Saturday morning.
Smith stole a triple and a deuce in the sixth and seventh ends to beat Lauren Moerike of the Charlottetown Curling Complex 9-1. Smith improved to 4-0 while Moerike fell to 1-2.
MacLean upped her record to 3-0 with an 8-1 victory over Kaleigh MacKay’s Crapaud/Silver Fox foursome. MacLean stole a triple in the third end and singles in the fourth and seven ends. MacKay is now 1-2.
The other women’s game featured Emily Keen winning 6-2 over Meghan Ching in an all-Cornwall match. Keen evened her record at 2-2 while Ching fell to 1-3.
On the triple-knockout men’s side, Kyle Holland and his Charlottetown rink came out winners in the low-scoring battle of unbeaten teams for the first qualifying spot in the four-team Page championship round. Holland defeated Matthew MacLean and his Cornwall team 5-2.
The game included three blank ends, and the teams were tied 2-2 after seven ends of play, when Holland, with Tony Nabuurs throwing fourth stones, picked up a deuce in eight, stole a single in nine to grab a 5-2 lead and ran MacLean out of rocks in the final end.
Holland is now 3-0 and MacLean is 2-1.
In other men’s play, Justin Campbell prevailed 5-2 over Alex MacFadyen in a battle between two Silver Fox rinks, and defending-champion Tyler Smith of the Montague Curling Club outlasted Leslie Noye of the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton 7-4.
Campbell and Smith are now 2-1 while MacFadyen and Noye are 1-2.
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.
Following is the schedule for tonight’s fifth draw at 6 p.m.:
Devin Schut vs. Leslie Noye
Donald DeWolfe vs. Alex MacFadyen
Tyler Smith vs. Justin Campbell
Veronica Smith vs. Kaleigh MacKay
Jenny McLean vs. Amanda MacLean
Emily Keen vs. Lauren Moerike