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MacPhee wins P.E.I. Scotties

['Robyn MacPhee.']
['Robyn MacPhee.']

SUMMERSIDE – The Robyn MacPhee rink is headed to the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

MacPhee, third stone Sarah Fullerton, second stone Meaghan Hughes and lead Michelle McQuaid stole single points in the final two ends to cap a 7-5 come-from-behind win over Veronica Smith in a clash of Charlottetown Curling Complex rinks at the Scotties provincial women’s curling championship on Sunday morning.
Smith, with steals of one in the second end and three in the third, held an early 4-0 lead. MacPhee cut the deficit to 4-3 at the fifth-end break, counted a deuce with last-rock advantage in the eight end to tie the game 5-5 and stole the game’s final two points when Smith was heavy on draw attempts.
MacPhee completed the modified triple-knockout format with a record of 4-1. Smith and her teammates – third stone Jane DiCarlo, second stone Whitney Young and lead Aleya Quilty – who are coached by Angela Hodgson, finished with a 4-3 record.
The Al Ledgerwood-coached MacPhee rink will now represent P.E.I. at the Canadian women’s curling championship in St. Catharines, Ont., from Feb. 18 to 26.

MacPhee, third stone Sarah Fullerton, second stone Meaghan Hughes and lead Michelle McQuaid stole single points in the final two ends to cap a 7-5 come-from-behind win over Veronica Smith in a clash of Charlottetown Curling Complex rinks at the Scotties provincial women’s curling championship on Sunday morning.
Smith, with steals of one in the second end and three in the third, held an early 4-0 lead. MacPhee cut the deficit to 4-3 at the fifth-end break, counted a deuce with last-rock advantage in the eight end to tie the game 5-5 and stole the game’s final two points when Smith was heavy on draw attempts.
MacPhee completed the modified triple-knockout format with a record of 4-1. Smith and her teammates – third stone Jane DiCarlo, second stone Whitney Young and lead Aleya Quilty – who are coached by Angela Hodgson, finished with a 4-3 record.
The Al Ledgerwood-coached MacPhee rink will now represent P.E.I. at the Canadian women’s curling championship in St. Catharines, Ont., from Feb. 18 to 26.

Men
Also on Sunday morning, Eddie MacKenzie outscored Phil Gorveatt 9-7 to force a winner-take-all game in the Tankard provincial men’s championship on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
MacKenzie, who fell behind 4-0 after one end, counted singles in the ninth and 10th ends.
MacKenzie is now 4-2 while Gorveatt is 6-2.
The winning rink will advance to the Tim Hortons Brier in St. John’s, N.L., from March 4 to 12.

Host venue
The Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex in Summerside is hosting both the Scotties and Tankard as a pilot project by Curl P.E.I. It is hoped hosting both championships in the same location at the same time will help generate interest in the sport.

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Eddie MacKenzie.

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