After defeating Tyler MacKenzie rink in winner-take-all-final
ALBERTON – A jam on a Tyler MacKenzie hit-and-roll attempt on his final shot of the second end allowed the Jamie Newson rink to steal a single for a 2-0 lead en-route to a 7-4 victory in the championship final of the P.E.I. provincial mixed curling championship at the Western Community Curling Club on Monday afternoon.
With the win, Newson and his Silver Fox (Summerside) and Charlottetown Curling Complex team of lead Miranda Ellis, second stone Andrew MacDougall and third stone Melissa Morrow can book their tickets to Winnipeg for the Canadian mixed championship from Nov. 5 to 10.
Monday afternoon’s win is Newson’s fifth provincial championship – three juniors and now two mixed. Morrow already has provincial and Canadian Travellers club championships on her resumé, and MacDougall is a provincial champion for a fourth time. This is Ellis’s first provincial title.
The Newson rink played in all three section finals of the nine-team modified triple-knockout championship tournament, but won only the C event.
Having played in all three section finals, though, put them through to Monday afternoon’s final while Charlottetown Curling Complex’s Team MacKenzie, winner of the A section, scored three with hammer in the final end to pick up a 7-4 win over the B section winner, Mitchell Schut from Cornwall, in Monday morning’s semifinal.
MacKenzie and his team of third Aleya Quilty, second stone Doug MacGregor and lead Jodi MacGregor cut the Newson lead in half in the third end of the final, but vigorous sweeping by Newson’s front end on his final stone allowed Newson to score two in the fourth.
MacKenzie got two in the fifth end, but Newson hit for three in the sixth and they were on their way to the title. MacKenzie was held to one in the seventh, and was run out of rocks in the last end.
Schut and MacKenzie both posted 5-3 (won-lost) records. Newson finished with a 6-2 record.