The Tyler Smith junior men’s rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex, and the Lauren Lenentine junior women’s foursome from the Cornwall Curling Club have both won the first two of three sections of the Modified Triple Knockout draw, and now have a big advantage at the Pepsi Provincial Junior Curling Championships at the Montague Curling Club. If one or both of these teams should also win the third section final, at 3:30 pm on Thursday, they will win their respective junior men’s or women’s championship without the Friday championship round. If they don’t win the third section final, they will have a “double life” in the two game championship round on Friday, winning the title if they take either game, while their opponent, the winner of the third section, would have to win both.
Photo (L-R): Christopher Gallant, Tyler Smith, Noah O’Connor
The Smith rink, which includes third Christopher Gallant, second stone Noah O’Connor, and lead Brooks Roche, with coaches Peter Gallant and Kevin Smith, won their first section final on Wednesday morning, 10-4 over Cornwall’s Devin Schut rink, and their second on Wednesday evening, also against the Schut team, by a 7-3 score.
Photo (L-R): Breanne Burgoyne, Kristie Rogers, Lauren Lenentine
Team Lenentine, with third stone Kristie Rogers, second Breanne Burgoyne, and lead Rachel O’Connor, with coach Pat Quilty, beat the Kaleigh Mackay team from Charlottetown and Montague 9-4 in the “A” final, and 9-5 in the B.
The sudden-death “C” event wraps up on Thursday, with the Devin Schut squad taking on Dylan Lowery and his Montague/Silver Fox rink at 11 in the junior men’s section, with the winner facing Smith in the “C” final at 3:30. If Smith wins that game, he takes the championship. Lowery advanced to the “C” semi-final with an 11-4 win over Leslie Noye and his combined Western/Silver Fox/Cornwall team Wednesday evening. Noye doubled the young Mitchell Schut foursome from Cornwall 6-3 on Wednesday afternoon to advance to the game against Lowery.
On the women’s side, it’s the young Lauren Ferguson rink from Cornwall taking on the Kaleigh Mackay foursome from Charlottetown and Montague Thursday at 11, with the winner meeting Lenentine in the “C” final at 3:30. Lenentine will win the championship if she takes that game. Ferguson came up on the winning side of two very close games on Wednesday, eliminating Cornwall clubmate Meghan Ching with a 6-5 score in the afternoon draw, stealing the last end when Ching’s final stone wrecked on a rock at the top of the house, and then went on to edge out another young Cornwall team, skipped by Alexis Burris, by an 8-7 score in the evening draw.
If either Lenentine or Gallant lose the “C” final, there will be a two-game championship round on Friday at 11 am and, if needed, 3 pm, with the “C” final winner playing off against either Lenentine or Gallant, and having to win both games to take the title, while Lenentine or Gallant would take their respective title if they won either game.
This year’s winners advance to the 2017 Canadian Junior (Under 21) Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships, Jan. 21-29 at the Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt (a suburb of Victoria) BC, using the facility’s hockey arena and six-sheet curling rink to decide which teams will represent Canada at the 2017 World Junior Curling Championships in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Ten teams – 5 junior men’s and 5 junior women’s took part in this year’s PEI championship, for curlers under age 21.
Live end-by-end results from the provincial championship are available at PEICurling.com.
Wednesday morning “A” section finals set at Pepsi Juniors
Two draws and the opening ceremonies took place today at the Pepsi Provincial Junior Curling Championships at the Montague Curling Club, and the junior men’s and women’s finalists for the first of three modified triple-knockout sections have been determined from the field of 5 junior men’s and 5 junior women’s teams. The “A” finals go at 9:30 am on Wednesday, with the Tyler Smith rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex playing the Devin Schut team from Cornwall and Montague in the men’s section final, and the Kaleigh Mackay rink from Charlottetown and Montague playing the Lauren Lenentine foursome from Cornwall in the women’s “A” final.
Smith advanced with an 8-2 win over Leslie Noye, and his combined Western, Silver Fox and Cornwall team, while Schut doubled Dylan Lowery and his Montague and Silver Fox team 6-3. Mackay doubled Cornwall’s Lauren Ferguson team 12-6, while Lenentine beat Cornwall clubmate Meghan Ching 7-4 to advance.
With the “modified” triple knockout format, teams that win the A or B sections drop down to compete in the next sections, with the section winners advancing to a two-game championship round on Friday. If a team wins all three sections, they take the championship immediately. If a team wins two sections, they have a “double life” in the two game championship round on Thursday, and win the title if they take either game, while their opponent, the other section winner, would have to win both.
The “B” finals go Wednesday at 6:30 pm, with the C finals taking place Thursday at 3:30 pm.
Live, End by End Results: http://peicurling.com/scoreboard/#!/competitions/2185
The PEI Pepsi Provincial Juniors Curling Championships, with male and female divisions for curlers under age 21, takes place at the Montague Curling Rink from Dec. 27-30 2016, with 5 junior men’s and 5 junior women’s teams, with members from five of the Island’s seven dedicated curling facilities entered. Opening ceremonies take place at 2:45 pm on the 27th. There will be new champions this year, as last year’s winning skips, Katie Fullerton and Matthew MacLean, are aged out of the event. This year’s winners advance to the 2017 Canadian Junior (Under 21) Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships, Jan. 21-29 at the Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt (a suburb of Victoria) BC, using the facility’s hockey arena and six-sheet curling rink to decide which teams will represent Canada at the 2017 World Junior Curling Championships in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The junior men’s and junior women’s divisions will each play a modified triple knockout draw, where teams who win a section also drop down to compete in the next section. Section winners advance to a two-game championship round, unless a team wins all three sections, in which case they will immediately be declared the champion. A team who wins two of the three sections would play in both championship round games and win the event if they win either game, while the other section winner would have to win both games. Games are ten ends.
Admission to watch the games: $3.00 per draw, or buy a Full Event Pass for $20.
Modified Triple Knockout Draw and Schedule
Explanation for WA/WB & MA/MB:
1. One team wins all three qualifiers: Championship Round is not required.
2. One team wins two qualifiers. They play in both X and Z (and win the event if they win either game), the other winner plays in Y (and has to win both games).
3. Three separate winners: the team that played in the most qualifying games* plays in Z and the other winners play off in X and Y. If there is a tie in number of qualifying games played, then the team that qualified earliest goes to Z and the other two teams play off in X and Y.
*Qualifying games are in yellow on the schedule
Draw trees will NOT be updated during event. Refer to live scoring for updated results.
Junior Men’s Team Rosters
|Dylan Lowery||Jordan MacLean||Ryan Lowery||Parker MacFadyen||David MacFadyen||Montague, Silver Fox|
|Leslie Noye||Donald DeWolfe (2nd)||Jacob Wilkins (3rd)||Alex Gallant||Roger Gavin||Western, Silver Fox, Cornwall|
|Devin Schut||Owen Collier||Tyler Garnhum||Alec Huestis||David Parker||Cornwall, Montague|
|Mitchell Schut||Colin MacKenzie||Michael MacEwen||Liam Kelly||Nick Johnston||Nancy Yeo||Cornwall Curling Club|
|Tyler Smith||Christopher Gallant||Noah O’Connor||Brooks Roche||Kevin Smith, Peter Gallant||Charlottetown Curling Complex|
Junior Women’s Team Rosters
|Alexis Burris||Sydney Howatt||Meghan Sherren||Madelyn Cantwell||A.J. Campbell||Cornwall Curling Club|
|Meghan Ching||Sabrina Smith||Annika Kelly||Tati Kelly||Angela Hodgson||Cornwall Curling Club|
|Lauren Ferguson||Emma Coffin||Sierra Clyke||Emily Sanderson||Dario Zannier||Cornwall Curling Club|
|Lauren Lenentine||Kristie Rogers||Breanne Burgoyne||Rachel O’Connor||Pat Quilty||Cornwall Curling Club|
|Kaleigh Mackay||Danielle Collings||Alyssa Wright||Kaleigh Peters||Tammy Dewar||Charlottetown, Montague|