The B section finals of the modified triple knockout draw are coming up at the Pepsi Provincial Junior Curling Championships at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary.
Just like the “A” section, it’ll be Summerside’s Alex MacFadyen taking on Cornwall’s Mitchell Schut, at 6:30 in the junior men’s B section final this evening. The B semi, like the A, was a battle between siblings Mitchell and Devin Schut, with Mitchell again coming out ahead, this time by a 7-4 score. Devin Schut, along with Charlottetown’s Chase MacMillan now have two losses, with one facing elimination in the other 6:30 pm junior men’s game.
Also at 6:30 are the junior women’s “B” semi-finals, with “A” winner Lauren Lenentine taking on Cornwall clubmate Rachel MacLean, and “A” runner-up Annika Kelly facing Lauren Ferguson and her Crapaud, Cornwall, and Charlottetown rink. The winners square off in the B final at 9:30 am Friday.
Ferguson beat Sydney Howatt of Cornwall 9-3 this afternoon, while MacLean beat clubmate Emily Sanderson 7-5 to advance. Howatt and Sanderson drop down to the last chance “C” flight of the six team draw. Both “C” finals go at 6:30 on Friday evening with the championship games, if needed, taking place at 9:30 am and 2 pm on Saturday.
If “A” section winners MacFadyen or Lenentine were to win all three sections, they would win the event without a championship round being played. If a team wins two sections, they will advance to a championship game against the winner of the other section and will take the championship if they win the game. If the other team wins, there will be a second championship game, with the winner of that game going to the nationals. If there are three separate section winners, the team that played in the most section finals will earn a bye to the second championship game where they will face the winner of a game between the other two finalists.
Live, end-by-end results are available at PEICurling.com. Six junior women’s and four junior men’s teams began play on Wednesday.
The winning Junior Men’s and Women’s champions will advance to the 2018 New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships, Jan. 21 – 28 in Shawinigan Quebec.