Playoff matchups shaping up at junior curling championships

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SUMMERSIDE – The men’s Page finals and the women’s semifinals are now set at the Pepsi P.E.I. junior curling championships here at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.

Defending men’s champion Tyler Smith is one of the rinks still alive in the Pepsi P.E.I. junior curling championships at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.

The final two spots in the men’s Page round were determined on Sunday afternoon, with Alex MacFadyen beating Silver Fox clubmate Justin Campbell 12-4 to take the C qualifier. Campbell took singles in the first two ends, but MacFadyen fought back with a deuce in the third, and then stole a total of seven points in the next four ends for a 9-2 lead. Campbell took two in eight, but MacFadyen scored a triple in the ninth to wrap up the game.

Defending-champion Tyler Smith won the D qualifier when the Leslie Noye rink from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton was unable to get to the venue due to weather conditions, and had to forfeit their game against the Montague foursome.

The winner of Sunday evening’s Page A-vs.-B match between Kyle Holland of Charlottetown and Matthew MacLean of Cornwall will advance directly to Monday’s 7 p.m. final, with the loser taking on the winner of the Page C-vs.-D game between MacFadyen and Smith in Monday’s semifinal at 2 p.m.

Holland qualified out of the A section of the triple-knockout round on Saturday morning, with a 5-2 win over MacLean.

On Sunday morning, MacLean took the B qualifier, defeating Smith 8-1, stealing singles in the first two ends, and deuces in ends three and four to lead 6-0. Smith got on the board with a single in five, but two more MacLean singles in six and seven brought the game to an early conclusion.

Also on Sunday afternoon, Cornwall’s Emily Keen rink took third place in the round robin, and the final spot in the women’s championship round. Keen posted a 9-7 win over Jenny McLean of the host club.

The other team that was in contention for the spot was the Kaleigh MacKay rink from Crapaud and the Silver Fox. They needed a win, plus a Keen loss, to advance, but lost their game 6-4 to Charlottetown’s Lauren Moerike.

The other game this afternoon, which didn’t affect the championship round, had Cornwall’s Amanda MacLean, who secured second place on Sunday morning, beat clubmate Meghan Ching 10-4.

In Sunday morning’s draw, the Veronica Smith rink from Cornwall got the opportunity to defend their provincial title by locking up first place and a bye to Monday’s final at 7 p.m. Smith was the only team to go through the round robin undefeated after handing MacLean her first loss 9-4.

As tiebreakers are not needed, the women will have the evening off, with MacLean taking on Keen in the Monday’s semifinal at 2 p.m., and the winner facing Smith in the final at 7 p.m.

The men’s and women’s winners from Monday’s finals will advance to the M&M Meat Shops Canadian junior curling championships in Liverpool, N.S., from Jan. 18 to 26.

Women’s standings

Following are the final women’s round-robin standings:

W L

Veronica Smith 6 0

Amanda MacLean 5 1

Emily Keen 4 2

Kaleigh MacKay 2 4

Lauren Moerike 2 4

Jenny MacLean 1 5

Meghan Ching 1 5

Organizations: Silver Fox, Western Community Curling Club

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Liverpool

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