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The Kyle Holland rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex is the Pepsi P.E.I. junior men’s curling champion. Team members are: Kyle Holland, skip (right); Tony Nabuurs, mate; Alex Sutherland, second; and Taylor McInnis, lead. At left is coach Angela Hodgson.
SUMMERSIDE — The Kyle Holland rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex is the men’s Pepsi P.E.I. junior curling champion.
Holland held on to outlast a tough Tyler Smith rink from Montague, the defending junior champions, for an 8-5 victory.
The Holland rink got off to an early lead scoring two in the third end and three more in the fourth and seemed to be cruising.
Smith came back for a triple in the fifth end to pull to within two.
Holland answered with two in the sixth end and a single in the seventh to rebuild the lead to 8-3.
Smith continued to pick away at the Holland rink lead with singles in the eight and ninth ends to pull within three.
The Smith foursome made it interesting in the final end and was poised to take the lead.
The Montague rink was sitting three when Holland’s mate, Tony Nabuurs, made a crucial double take out to seal the win.
The Holland squad has Nabuurs throwing final stones while Holland throws the third stones and calls the game. Second Alex Sutherland and lead Taylor McInnis are also on the team.
The team is coached by Angela Hodgson.
Holland credited the win to his team’s consistent play.
“The boys came out really strong and we were all playing really nice,” he said.
“All of our hits were very good. We played our game and it ended up working for us.”
Holland was pleased to grab an early lead but knew the Smith rink wouldn’t go down easy.
“It was nice to get the three in the fourth and the two in the sixth,” he said. “It really helped.”
“That was quite a nice shot by Tony, the skip said of his mate’s takeout shot in the final end. “It was very nice right up the broom.”
Holland and his team will represent P.E.I. at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian junior curling championships in Liverpool, N.S., beginning Jan. 18.
This is the first year this squad has been together and it’s Holland’s second trip to the junior championships.
Holland and McInnis were on last year’s runner-up rink, skipped by Chris Gallant, who is curling and attending school in Winnipeg this year.
Other members of the Smith foursome were third Brooks Roche, second Dylan Lowery lead Ryan Lowery and coaches Tammy Dewar and Kevin Smith.