P.E.I. Tankard hits the ice Friday in Charlottetown

Published on January 26, 2016

It promises to be a rocking good time later this week as the P.E.I. Tankard provincial men's curling championship begins at the Charlottetown Curling Complex.

Opening draw is Friday at 2 p.m. The winner advances to the Tim Hortons Brier March 5 to 13 in Ottawa.

Six teams, including the defending champion Adam Casey squad from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club and the Charlottetown Curling Complex, are in the hunt.

Other entries include the Robert Campbell, Eddie MacKenzie and Jamie Newson rinks from Charlottetown, Tyler Harris from Charlottetown and Montague, and the Tyler Smith team from Crapaud and Montague.

The P.E.I. Future Tankard developmental event for male curlers under-21 is set for the same time and venue, with two teams, skipped by brothers Devin and Mitchell Schut from the Cornwall Curling Club, signed up.

First game is Friday at 7 p.m.

The Future Tankard play a three-game series, while the Tankard will be a modified triple knockout, qualifying up to three teams for a two-game championship round.

If a team wins all three sections of the draw, it will be declared the winner without the championship round. A team winning two sections would have double life in the championship round.