MONTAGUE – Defending-champion Eddie MacKenzie won the B final in the P.E.I. Tankard on Friday night.
MacKenzie defeated Charlottetown clubmate Robert Campbell 6-2 to advance to the Page A-vs.-B game Saturday at 7 p.m. The Montague Curling Rink is the site of the 10-team provincial men’s curling championship.
MacKenzie blanked the first two ends in the B qualifier, scored a deuce in the third and stole a single and a deuce in the next two ends to lead 5-0 by the fifth-end break. The teams traded singles in six and seven, and the game came to an early conclusion following another MacKenzie single in end eight.
The MacKenzie rink includes Anson Carmody, Tyler MacKenzie and Sean Ledgerwood. The alternate player is Phil Gorveatt, and Al Ledgerwood is the coach.
The top-seeded Jamie Newson rink was the first team to qualify for the championship round, scoring four points in the ninth end in an 8-4 win over MacKenzie on Friday afternoon to capture the A qualifier and advance to the Page A-vs.-B game.
Other members of the Newson rink are Andrew Robinson, Sean Clarey and John Desrosiers, with alternate player Phillip McInnis and coach Peter Gallant.
The winner of the A-vs.-B match between Newson and MacKenzie will advance directly to Sunday’s final at 7 p.m. The loser will get a second chance against winner of the Page C-vs.-D winner in the semifinal on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The C and D qualifier games go Saturday at 2 p.m. Blair Jay will face Campbell in the C game, and Blair Weeks will take on on last year’s runner-up, Rod MacDonald, in the D match. Weeks scored a deuce in the final end to edge Cornwall’s Bill Hope 7- 6 on Friday evening evening to advance to the D. Blair Jay, who normally curls out of Summerside but was brought in when John Likely was unable to curl, doubled Tyler Harris 10-5 in the evening draw to earn his place in the C qualifier.
MacDonald dropped down to the D qualifier after losing 9-7 to Campbell in an afternoon game. Campbell dropped down to the C qualifier game after losing the B qualifier.
All rinks in the Tankard, except for the Hope team and the Donald Clarey foursome from Montague are from the Charlottetown Curling Complex.
The P.E.I. Tankard champion will advance to the Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops, B.C., from March 1 to 9.