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Smith wins opener at Scotties

Draw 2 at 7 p.m. is going ahead tonight

CORNWALL, P.E.I. – Veronica Smith’s team from the host Cornwall Curling Club knocked off the two-time defending champs Thursday in the opening draw of this year’s P.E.I. Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

The Smith rink defeated Robyn MacPhee’s team from the Charlottetown Curling Complex 9-0 in seven ends. The game was scoreless through two ends before Smith stole a deuce in the third end and kept scoring with two in the fourth, three in the fifth and singles in the sixth and seventh ends to end the contest.

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Lauren Lenentine defeated Tammy Dewar 8-5 in nine ends, scoring three in the sixth to take a 7-3 lead.

In the Tankard men’s competition, taking place in Cornwall with the Scotties, Eddie MacKenzie and his defending championship squad scored a deuce in the 10th end to defeat John Likely 10-9.

Likely held a 4-1 lead through four ends and 7-2 after six before MacKenzie scored triples in the seventh and eighth ends to take an 8-7 advantage. The teams traded deuces in the final two ends.

Philip Gorveatt defeated Alan Inman 6-4 after scoring two in the fourth and sixth ends.

The second draw goes tonight at 7 p.m.

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