SUMMERSIDE – The second draw of the Pepsi P.E.I. junior curling championships for curlers under the age of 21 is now in the books.
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Leslie Noye of the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton releases a shot during Friday afternoon’s draw in the Pepsi P.E.I. junior curling championships at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside.
Six games were held on the six-sheet ice surface at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club on Friday afternoon.
Defending men’s champion Tyler Smith of the Montague Curling Club won his opening game 10-7 over Alex MacFadyen of the host Silver Fox.
MacFadyen scored three in the fifth end to take a 6-3 lead into the break. However, Smith countered with a deuce in the sixth end and then stole three in the seventh and two more in the eighth before MacFadyen closed out the scoring with a single point in the ninth end.
Leslie Noye of the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton stole six points in defeating Donald DeWolfe of the Cornwall Curling Club 9-2 to even his record at 1-1 (won-lost). DeWolfe fell to 0-2.
Kyle Holland of the Charlottetown Curling Complex also opened on a winning note, defeating Devin Schut of the Cornwall Curling Club 11-3. Holland scored single points in the first three ends, and then stole three in the fourth for a 6-0 lead, and he never relinquished control.
In women’s play, Amanda MacLean of the Cornwall Curling Club led Emily Keen of Cornwall 5-2 after seven ends, and then counted five in the eighth to close out the scoring in a 10-2 victory. MacLean improved to 2-0 while Keen dropped to 0-2.
Defending-champion Veronica Smith also made it two wins in a row with an 8-2 decision over Cornwall’s Meghan Ching. Smith led 4-2 after six ends and then counted three with the hammer in the seventh to go up 7-2, and stole a single point in the eighth end.
Kaleigh MacKay’s combined Crapaud/Montague rink scored three points in the 10th end with last-rock advantage to defeat Jenny McLean of the Silver Fox 8-5. It was MacKay’s first game and MacLean is now 0-2.
The winning rinks will represent P.E.I. at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian junior curling championships in Liverpool, N.S., from Jan. 18 to 26.
Action resumes at the Silver Fox tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m. Saturday’s draws are scheduled for 9 a.m., and 6 p.m.