© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Skip Eddie MacKenzie keeps a close eye on his sweepers Wednesday during opening day action in the provincial Tankard being played at the Montague Curling Club.
Eddie MacKenzie and Jamie Newson will play Friday with the first playoff berth on the line at the P.E.I. Men’s Tankard Provincial Championship.
The A qualifier in the triple-knockout event will take place at 2 p.m. at the Montague Curling Club.
The defending champ MacKenzie rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex defeated Blair Jay 3-2 on Thursday in a defensive game. The contest was scoreless through seven ends. MacKenzie scored a deuce in the eighth and Jay tied it in the ninth while MacKenzie won it with a single in the 10th.
Newson defeated Tyler Harris 9-6 in nine ends.
Newson had a 3-1 lead when Harris tied it in the third. Newson scored two in the fourth, three in the seventh and a single in the ninth. Harris had a single in the fifth and a deuce in the eighth.
The loser of the A qualifier will play in the B qualifier final Friday night at 7 p.m. against the winner of the 2 p.m. game between Robert Campbell and Rod MacDonald.
The playoff games go Saturday at 7 p.m., with the semifinal on Sunday at 2 p.m., and the final at 7 p.m.
The winning team will advance to the Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops, B.C., from March 1 to 9.
Following are Thursday’s scores from the P.E.I. Men’s Tankard Provincial Championship at the Montague Curling Club.
Rod MacDonald 10 Bill Hope 3 (7)
Eddie MacKenzie 3 Blair Jay 2
Robert Campbell 5 Blair Weeks 4
Jamie Newson 9 Tyler Harris 6 (9)
Robert Campbell 7 Blair Jay 2 (7)
Blair Weeks 8 Donald Clarey 3 (9)
Rod MacDonald 6 Tyler Harris 5
Bill Hope 8 Kyle Stevenson 1 (6)
Game 16 – Campbell vs. MacDonald.
Game 9 – Newson vs. MacKenzie (A qualifier).
Game 17 – Winner of Game 16 vs. loser of Game 9 (B qualifier).
Game 20 – Weeks vs. Hope.
Game 21 – Jay vs. Harris.