SUMMERSIDE - P.E.I.’s Rod MacDonald rink from Charlottetown came back from a 5 to 1 deficit to take their opening round match against the wade White Alberta foursome in the 2013 Canadian Seniors Curling Championships at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.
MacDonald along with third, John Likely, second Mark O’Rourke and lead, Peter MacDonald opened the scoring with one in the first end but White and third Doug McLennan, second Dan Halowaychuk and lead, George Parson came back with two in the second end.
Nothing seemed to be working for the P.E.I. team over the first four ends. The Alberta rink stole in the third and one in the fourth end to build a 5-1 edge.
The game change in the fifth end with P.E.I. taking out the Alberta stone to score and pull within one.
P.E.I. stole a point in the sixth end to tie the game but White and his Alberta rink fought back with 2 in the seventh.
MacDonald drew for a single in the eight end before setting up the win in the ninth.
P.E.I. found themselves sitting five as the Alberta skip watched his first rock catch a guard in front of the house. MacDonald rolled his final rock into the rings to sit six with cover.
White managed to cut off three sending the teams into the tenth end with P.E.I. ahead 9-7.
P.E.I. managed to keep the rings clean and White ran out of rocks giving the Island the win.
In other action, the Glenn Goss rink from Newfoundland outlasted Robert MacLean and his Quebec team 6 - 5 pulling out the win in the final end..
Newfoundland got off to a fast start, opening the scoring with one in the first end and the stealing singles in ends two and three.
Quebec battled back drawing even a 5 in the eight end before losing to Newfoundland in the tenth.
The Alan O’Leary rink out of the CFB Halifax Curling Club defeated the Bruce Munro foursome from Northern Ontario 8 - 4.
Glen Hudy‘s Northwest territories rink out of the Yellowknife Curling Club built an early lead over British Columbia‘s Craig Lepine foursome but fell 10 - 5 after a four ended by the B.C. squad in the seventh end.
Ontario‘s Howard Rajala rink from the Rideau Curling Club won a close match over Manitoba‘s Bob Sigurdson rink.8 - 7.
New Brunswick’s Wayne Tallon rink defeated Saskatchewan’s Gord Bell foursome 7 - 4.
The women are back on the ice tonight at 7:30 following the opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.