ALBERTON -- It’s going to be a short sleep for the Jamie Newson and John Likely rinks. They got off the ice at the Western Community Curling Club just before midnight Wednesday; they go back out at 10 a.m. to face each other in the 'A' qualifier of the P.E.I. Tankard provincial men’s curling championship.
Newson and his Silver Fox Curling Club rink of Corey Miller, Patrick Ramsay and Adam Arsenault, and the Likely foursome of Likely, Anson Carmody, Steve Burgess and Matthew Nabuurs from the Charlottetown and Western clubs both picked up two wins on Wednesday. Likely started off with a 6-4 win over Darren Higgins from the Silver Fox and finished up with a 7-4 victory over another Silver Fox rink, skipped by Steve van Ouwerkerk.
Newson scored an 8-7 extra-end win over defending champion Eddie MacKenzie in the evening draw and doubled P.E.I junior champion Tyler Smith 6-3 in the late draw.
Van Ouwerkerk and Smith, both had a first-draw bye, so they go into Thursday’s schedule with 0-1 (won-loss) records, as do Higgins and MacKenzie. All six men's teams are on the ice for the 10 a.m. draw.See story from men's opening draw here
Thursday’s action was supposed to get going at 9 a.m. but organizers delayed the morning draw by an hour because of the late start of the Wednesday night game.
Against van Ouwerkerk, Likely was trailing 4-1 after four ends but never gave up another point. A single followed by a stolen deuce had the game all tied up 4-4 after six ends. He stole another single in the eighth and a deuce in the ninth for the win.
Newson, who stole his way to a 2-0 lead on Smith after four ends, broke open a 3-3 game with a deuce in the ninth and he stole one more point in the tenth.