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P.E.I. eliminated from championship contention at Canadian junior curling championship

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New Dominion's Lauren Lenentine to play for gold Sunday with Manitoba

LANGLEY, B.C. —

Prince Edward Island has been eliminated from playoff contention at the New Holland Canadian junior men’s curling championship in Langley, B.C.

The Tyler Smith rink from the Montague Curling Rink lost to Alberta 10-2 in eight ends on Thursday to fall to 5-4.

Alberta started strong with three in the first and second ends before stealing a deuce in the third to take a commanding 8-0 lead. P.E.I. got one back in the fourth before Alberta responded with a deuce in the fifth. P.E.I. scored one in the sixth and the next two ends were blanked.

The squad, which includes third Ryan Abraham, second Jake Flemming, lead Ryan Lowery and coach Phil Gorveatt, lost 8-3 in eight ends to Newfoundland and Labrador earlier in the day.

Leading 3-1 after four ends, Newfoundland counted four in the fifth and the teams traded singles the next three ends.

P.E.I. finishes the tournament against British Columbia One (4-5) today at 1 p.m.

The Island’s women’s team skipped by Lauren Ferguson improved to 2-6 Thursday by beating the Northwest Territories 7-2 in nine ends in the seeding pool.

With the game tied 2-2 after four ends, P.E.I. scored a deuce with hammer in the fifth, stole one in the eight and two more in the ninth.

The Cornwall Curling Club rink, which consists of third Sydney Howatt, second Kristie Rogers, lead Rachel O’Connor and coach Patrick Quilty, concludes play today against the Yukon at 6 p.m.

New Dominion’s Lauren Lenentine is playing lead for Manitoba at the tournament. They defeated Saskatchewan 10-4 and Newfoundland and Labrador 12-4 Thursday to improve to 9-0 and have clinched first place and a berth into Sunday’s gold medal game.

They conclude the championship round by playing Alberta (6-3) today at 1 p.m.

The winning men’s and women’s team will represent Canada at the worlds in Russia from Feb. 15-22. Lenentine was the alternate with the Nova Scotia-based Team Canada that won gold at the 2018 worlds in Scotland. The 19-year-old is a student at the University of Manitoba.

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