Thursday, MacDonald won twice to extend his winning streak to five games and improve to 7-2 (won-lost). That is good enough for a three-way tie for second place with Alberta’s Wade White and Ontario’s Howard Rajala.
MacDonald plays Ontario on Friday at 10 a.m., and then completes round-robin play against Newfoundland and Labrador’s Glenn Goss at 7 p.m.
The first-place team at the end of the round robin earns a bye to Sunday’s championship game. The second- and third-place teams meet in Saturday’s semifinal game. If tiebreakers are needed, they will be played Saturday morning.
After beating the Northwest Territories’ Glen Hudy 7-1 in the early-morning draw, MacDonald, third stone John Likely, second stone Mark O’Rourke and lead Peter MacDonald pulled out a back-and-forth 8-6 decision against Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary. O’Leary fell to 5-4.
New Brunswick’s Wayne Tallon outlasted Northern Ontario’s Bruce Munro 9-6 to maintain sole possession of first place at 8-1. Ontario scored five in the 10th end to get by Saskatchewan’s Gord Bell 11-7; Alberta prevailed 7-5 over British Columbia’s Craig Lepine; Manitoba’s Bob Sigurdson routed Newfoundland and Labrador 11-1, and Quebec’s Robert MacLean doubled the Northwest Territories 10-5.
See complete coverage in Friday’s Journal Pioneer.