MacKenzie rink off to Brier

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Steals extra-end win in Tankard final

CRAPAUD — Eddie MacKenzie scored two in the 10th and stole one in an extra end to claim the P.E.I. Tankard provincial men’s curling championship 7-6 over Rod MacDonald on Tuesday.

Skip Eddie MacKenzie releases a shot during round-robin action of the P.E.I. Tankard provincial men’s curling championship at the Crapaud Curling Club. Second stone Alex MacFadyen, left, and third stone Anson Carmody are ready to sweep.

“It feels great,” said third Anson Carmody. “I’ve won five junior championships, but this is a lot bigger.”

Second Alex MacFadyen couldn’t watch as MacDonald delivered the final rock of the championship.

“I was just watching Eddie in the house and just waiting for his reaction because I was really nervous,” he said. “Eddie had a weird looking on his face. I looked at the rock and I was just like, ‘There’s a chance, you never know.’ And then it hit and it all became reality.”

The MacDonald rink had to decide between a double and a draw with the hammer. They went for the double and it is a decision MacDonald would like to have back.

“We were debating what to play. In hindsight, I probably should have played my draw that’s usually the key to my game,” he said.

MacDonald scored a deuce in the ninth to take the lead heading to the 10th.

“I missed my first (shot). If I had of made that, we’d probably would have won the game,” he said. “Eddie made a nice shot for his two in 10.”

MacDonald tipped his hat to the MacKenzie rink, which capped off a perfect week with a come-from-behind victory.

“They played well all weekend and they deserved to win,” MacDonald said. “They’re going to represent P.E.I. well at the Brier.”

MacKenzie beat MacDonald three times during its five games at the seven-day championship that was delayed two days due to inclement weather.

“It feels great. I’ve won five junior championships, but this is a lot bigger.” Third stone Anson Carmody

The all-Charlottetown Curling Complex final was a low-scoring affair early on with the game tied 2-2 through six.

MacKenzie had an easy shot for a deuce in the sixth, but was only able to get a single.

“I tried a shot for three, which was probably a little foolish in retrospect,” he explained afterward.

“You get a little irritated for a while and then you have to park it and continue on with the game.”

MacKenzie and MacFadyen have played together for three years while Carmody has been with them for two and lead Sean Ledgerwood joined them mid-season.

The Brier, March 2 to 10 in Edmonton, will be a bit of a reunion as the Brad Gushue rink from Newfoundland and Labrador consists of Islanders Adam Casey, Brett Gallant and coach Peter Gallant. They played with Carmody and MacFadyen for years in junior.

“It will be like our old team back together but on two different teams,” Carmody said. “I’m looking forward to meeting them at the Brier and hopefully giving them a good game.”

So who is going to win?

“I say we’ll win in an extra end,” Carmody said.

This will be MacKenzie’s third Brier and he’s looking to improve on his previous best of two wins.

“It’d be nice to try for a winning record. (We just have to) take one game at a time,” he said.

Geographic location: P.E.I., Edmonton, Newfoundland and Labrador

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