Gallant secures final boys playoff spot with dramatic comeback

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Final girls qualifiers at U16 provincials just as dramatic

ALBERTON -- A stolen triple in the eighth and a single steal in the extra end gave the Alex Gallant rink from the Silver Fox a 6-5 win in the O’Conner Glass Curl P.E.I. Under 16 Boys provincial curling championship’s final round robin game Saturday night at the Western Curling Club. With the win Gallant secured the third and final play-off spot with a 2-2 record. His Silver Fox rink will play Cornwall’s Donald DeWolfe (3-1) rink in Sunday’s 2 p.m. Boys semi-final, with the winner advancing to the championship final against unbeaten Alex MacFadyen, the defending champion, in the 6 p.m. final.

Gallant rebounded from a 5-1 deficit after six ends to defeat Montague’s Owen Collier Saturday night. Had Collier (0-4) held on for the win, he would have created a three-way tie for third and final play-off spot in the five-team boys championship.

The eight girls teams vying for the Under 16 provincial title have played a triple knock-out championship with four teams advancing to Sunday’s Page play-off. The “C” and “D” qualifiers in the 8:30 p.m. draw Saturday were decided in as dramatic of fashion as the Gallant-Collier’s boys game. Kristie Rogers stole seven points in the last four ends to beat her Cornwall clubmate, Katie Worth, 8-3 to grab the “C” qualifier and Lauren Moerike from Charlottetown trailed Western’s Karlie Lewis 6-0 after two ends but went on to win the “D” qualifier 12-7 in seven ends.

Kaleigh MacKay, Crapaud/Charlottetown, who won the A” qualifier will play the “B” qualifier, defending champion Lauren Lenintine from Cornwall while Rogers will take on Moerike in Sunday’s quarter finals. The winner of the A-B game will advance right to the 6 p.m. championship final while the winner of the C-D game will take on the loser of A-B in the Girls’ 2 p.m. semi-final.

Organizations: Silver Fox, Western Curling Club

Geographic location: Cornwall, Charlottetown

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