Island rink wins opener at Brier qualifier (Journal)

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Prince Edward Island kicked off its bid to qualify for the main Tim Hortons Brier field with an 11-4 win Thursday over Nunavut’s Jim Nix in St. John’s, N.L. 

Prince Edward Island Matthew Nabuurs(left) and Sean Ledgerwood sweep during 2017 Brier pre-qualifying play at Mile One Centre Thursday night. Keith Gosse/The Telegram

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“It was a good first step,” said third Sean Ledgerwood.

A steal of four in the fifth gave the Islanders an insurmountable 10-1 lead.

“Ice conditions can be a factor, as we will be the first teams playing on it, and typically this is the time where the ice makers make their adjustments getting ready for the main draw,” Ledgerwood said.

Nix is a well-known Nova Scotia curler and curling promoter, who was invited to skip Nunavut.

In Thursday’s other pre-qualifying match, Nova Scotia was sharp and scored four in the first three ends to defeat a talented but rusty team from the Yukon 8-2.

P.E.I. plays Yukon today at 7:30 a.m. Atlantic. 

P.E.I. plays Nova Scotia at 3 pm. The top two teams of the four will meet Saturday at 2:30 p.m. for a spot in the main Brier field.

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