Gallant back in chase

Tim Gall
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SOREL-TRACY, Que. - P.E.I.'s Brett Gallant got back into the playoff race with two wins while Sarah Fullerton kept her hopes alive after splitting her two games Monday at the Canadian junior curling championships.
Gallant, and his Charlottetown Curling Club team of Adam Casey, Anson Carmody and Alex MacFadyen, had to come from behind to get a win in the afternoon.

SOREL-TRACY, Que. - P.E.I.'s Brett Gallant got back into the playoff race with two wins while Sarah Fullerton kept her hopes alive after splitting her two games Monday at the Canadian junior curling championships.
Gallant, and his Charlottetown Curling Club team of Adam Casey, Anson Carmody and Alex MacFadyen, had to come from behind to get a win in the afternoon.
The team stormed back and pulled one out of the fire with an 9-7 decision in an extra end against a Nova Scotia teamed skipped by Scott Garnett.
"We were in a lot of trouble after five ends," admitted Gallant, "but our guys bounced back . . . we got our weight down and we played really well. Nova Scotia played really well, especially in the first half, but we put a little bit more pressure on them in the second half."
The game turned in the fifth and sixth ends when Gallant make two impressive angle raise takeouts to account for three points and tie the game at five.
It was back and forth the rest of the way before Gallant managed one in the 10th end to force the extra, and then stole two for the victory.
"I left myself with a few tricky shots with my last rocks, but we made them good and were able to put them in trouble," explained Gallant about the mid-game heroics.
He added things also went well in the extra end.
"Anson made a couple killer come arounds right to the button and after that we just had to guard and hope for the best and we were able to stick them in the right spot."
In the evening game, the Gallant rink collected another victory, 7-4 against Quebec's Kevin Rivest.
The P.E.I. team now has a record of 4-2 and is in the thick of the playoff race.
The wins were numbers 43 and 44 to extend a record that was set Sunday, surpassing Quebec's Martin Crete in all-time victories.
Leading the junior men's standings after Monday night's games is Manitoba with a 5-0 mark.
Three other teams (Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan) have records of 4-1.
On the women's side of the championships, Sarah Fullerton, and her Cornwall rink of Michelle McQuaid, Sara MacRae and Whitney Young, bounced back to record an evening victory against Quebec (Camille-Marie Lapierre).
The 8-4 decision followed an 8-4 setback at the hands of Nova Scotia's Tara LeGay.
The victory evened the team's record at 3-3.
On top of the junior women's standings is Rachel Homan of Ottawa with a 5-0 record, followed by rinks from Northern Ontario and Saskatchewan with 4-1 records.
The P.E.I. teams will play Northern Ontario at 11 a.m. AT and Saskatchewan at 8 p.m. AT today.

Live scoring and standings available at www.seasonofchampions.ca/2010juniors

Organizations: Charlottetown Curling Club

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Quebec, Saskatchewan Northern Ontario Manitoba Ontario Alberta Ottawa

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