Brett Gallant and his Charlottetown Curling Club team will get to defend their Canadian Junior Men's Curling title next month in Sorel-Tracy, Que.
Gallant and teammates Adam Casey, mate, Anson Carmody, second, and lead Alex MacFadyen breezed through the P.E.I. Pepsi Provincial Junior Men's triple knock-out championship at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O'Leary undefeated. They faced the Matthew MacLean rink from the host club in the 'A', 'B' and 'C' finals and won them all.
In the 'C' final Monday, Gallant needed only five ends to rack up a 9-1 victory. MacLean's fate was similar to what other teams in the competition experienced against the Canadian champions and world silver medalists.
The Gallant rink looked like a team on a mission and O'Leary might be just their first stop along the route to their desired destination.
Their next stop is the M&M Meat Shops Canadian championships Jan. 16 to 24.
"We put a lot of work in this year, trying to make ourselves a little better and I think we played almost to our full potential this week," said Gallant in assessing his team's 7-0 record.
"It's coming along, so we should be good to go in a month or so."
Back is MacFadyen who won three provincial titles as lead with the Gallant foursome. Last year while attending school in Nova Scotia, he went to the nationals with Team Nova Scotia.
"I knew they needed a lead again. I said, 'OK, I'm the guy. Just bring back the original squad and hopefully we can do a little better this year,'" MacFadyen acknowledged. "It feels really great."
"We were in a lot of tournaments this year and it was really busy with school, but I think it paid off," added MacFadyen. "We got the competition and the experience we needed."
MacLean is satisfied with second place.
"We accomplished our goal. Everybody pretty much came here to play for runner-up, because it's pretty tough to beat Brett Gallant," he conceded. "We played pretty good against the Canadian junior champions, I guess."
Gallant, who is undecided on whether to seek a sixth straight junior title next year, said junior curling is in good hands with the MacLean team.
The O'Leary team will be seeking their third consecutive 15-under provincial title this year.
"They'll be a team to look out for in junior curling for the next five or six years," Gallant predicted.
Only Gallant and MacFadyen are eligible for another junior competition.
Gallant said whether they form another junior team or make the jump to the men's ranks might depend on how the rest of this season turns out.