Triple gives Fullerton win

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MacLean drops close one

STRATFORD, Ont. – The Katie Fullerton rink had a strong finish in Thursday afternoon’s draw at the Canadian junior curling championships.

Fullerton scored a three-ender in the final end to give the Prince Edward Island women a 6-5 win over the Sadie Pinksen team from Nunavut.

The win boosted P.E.I.’s record to 4-4 (won-lost), and Nunavut fell to 1-7.

Men

The P.E.I. men didn’t fare so well as Greg Smith and his Newfoundland and Labrador rink stole a deuce in the ninth and a single in the 10th for a 9-8 victory over the Matthew MacLean rink from O’Leary and Cornwall. MacLean fells to 3-5.

Smith opened the game with a first-end steal of three, but MacLean was out in front 7-4 at the fifth-end break. It was 8-5 for MacLean after seven, before Smith launched his comeback.

Women

Against Nunavut, Fullerton’s Cornwall rink never held a lead until her triple in the final end decided the outcome.

Pinksen stole a single in the second and a deuce in the fourth before Fullerton tied the game with points in the fifth and sixth ends. Pinksen went up 5-3 with singles in the seventh and ninth.

The P.E.I. rinks complete their seeding-round games on Friday at 11 a.m. (Atlantic). The men play Nova Scotia (4-4) and the women face Northern Ontario (4-4).

Geographic location: Nunavut, Cornwall, Prince Edward Island Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Northern Ontario

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