Close call for Gallant rink

Tim Gall
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SOREL-TRACY, Que. - Brett Gallant is still alive, but Sarah Fullerton is on life support following Wednesday's action at the Canadian junior curling championships.
One - if not two - improbable victories kept Gallant's team in the race for a playoff spot, but Fullerton's team suffered a fifth loss and will need a miracle to advance past the round robin.
Gallant, Adam Casey, Anson Carmody, and Alex MacFadyen, who curl out of the Charlottetown Curling Club, fought back to win both of its games, including one "Houdini escape" Wednesday morning.

P.E.I. skip Brett Gallant gets down low to study an incoming shot during Wednesday afternoons game against Alberta at the Canadian junior curling championships in Sorel-Tracy, Que. Photo special to The Journal Pioneer by Tim Gall

SOREL-TRACY, Que. - Brett Gallant is still alive, but Sarah Fullerton is on life support following Wednesday's action at the Canadian junior curling championships.
One - if not two - improbable victories kept Gallant's team in the race for a playoff spot, but Fullerton's team suffered a fifth loss and will need a miracle to advance past the round robin.
Gallant, Adam Casey, Anson Carmody, and Alex MacFadyen, who curl out of the Charlottetown Curling Club, fought back to win both of its games, including one "Houdini escape" Wednesday morning.
"That's the second time today. . . . We were fortunate again," said Gallant after his second victory of the day, an 8-6 decision over Alberta. "My last shot curled about an inch too much from being perfect. He had to hit our rock anywhere and he would have won the game for sure, but it just over curled a bit on him."
Gallant refused to say the team had magic on its side against Alberta, claiming instead the team played well.
In the morning game, he had to admit luck was definitely on the team's side.
In that game, the rink battled back from an 8-4 deficit after eight ends against Yukon by scoring two in nine, stealing two in ten, and stealing four in the extra end for a 12-8 decision.
The two wins were crucial, and raised the team's record to 7-3.
But they are still behind three teams in the standings.
Barring tie-breakers, only three teams will advance.
"I think four (losses) and we're out, unless something crazy happens," acknowledged Gallant. "(We might need) a little help, but I think three will probably get us into a tie-breaker. All we can do is win our next two games (and wait and see)."
On the women's side of the championships, Fullerton, and her Cornwall team of Michelle McQuaid, Sara MacRae and Whitney Young, lost 7-4 to Alberta, tarnishing an 11-7 must-win decision over Yukon earlier in the day.
Fullerton's 5-5 record means the team has to win its remaining two games and hope the three front-runners lose all of their games, and still hope three other teams in front of them also falter.
"Our goal is to (finish in the) top half, so we're just going to fight to the end," said McQuaid after the loss in admitting making the playoffs isn't likely.
Fullerton was too despondent to speak on the record.
"We need lots of luck," added McQuaid. "We'll just do our best and see what happens."
"It would have been nice to win (Wednesday afternoon), but we're going to enjoy the rest of our trip and see how it goes," she said. "As long as we're strong and we stick together as a team, then we do our best and there's nothing else more we can ask."

Organizations: Charlottetown Curling Club

Geographic location: Alberta, Yukon

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