SHAWINIGAN, Que. – One end proved to be the difference for P.E.I.’s Lauren Lenentine rink in the opening game of the championship round at the 2018 New Holland Canadian junior curling championships.
Nova Scotia’s Kaitlyn Jones rink stole four in the second end to open up a 5-0 lead, and never looked back en route to a 7-4 victory on Wednesday afternoon. Both teams entered the game with identical records of 5-1 (won-lost).
It was the lone game of the day for Lenentine, third stone Kristie Rogers, second stone Breanne Burgoyne and lead Rachel O’Connor, who play New Brunswick’s Justine Comeau and Alberta’s Kayla Skrlik on Thursday. P.E.I. also plays Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges on Friday morning.
Nova Scotia led 6-1 after four ends, but a deuce in seven and a steal of one point in eight brought the P.E.I. champions to within 6-4. However, Nova Scotia answered with a single point in the ninth end.
In men’s play, the Alex MacFadyen foursome from the Silver Fox in Summerside opened play in the seeding round with a 9-5 win over the Yukon’s Joe Wallingham on Wednesday night.
MacFadyen jumped out to a 4-1 lead after four ends, but a three-ender in the fifth end by Yukon sent the teams into the break tied 4-4.
After a blank sixth end, MacFadyen counted three with hammer in the seventh end, and used last-rock advantage to score a deuce in the ninth end.
MacFadyen, who went 2-4 in round-robin play, will also play Saskatchewan’s Rylan Kleiter on Thursday night, and New Brunswick’s Liam Marin on Friday afternoon. The Yukon rink entered the game with a 2-5 record.
MacFadyen’s teammates are third stone James Dalton, second stone Leslie Noye and lead Parker MacFadyen.