Pepsi Juniors update: Moerike, DeWolfe advance to B semis

There were some close games in the Sunday evening draw at the Pepsi Provincial Junior Curling Championships at the Charlottetown Curling Complex. Earlier in the day, the first of three qualifying spots for Wednesday’s championship round was determined, with Matthew MacLean and his Cornwall/Maple Leaf rink winning the Men’s A qualifier, and two-time defending Veronica Smith taking the Women’s.

Photo: Donald DeWolfe at right

On Sunday evening in B section play, Cornwall’s Donald DeWolfe rink was leading 4-3 coming home without last rock advantage in his game against Alex MacFadyen from the Silver Fox, but pulled off a steal of five points in the last end for a 9-3 win to advance to the B semi-final against A qualifier runner-up Tyler Smith from Crapaud and Montague. The winner of that game, at 2 pm Monday, faces Matthew MacLean in the B qualifier game at 7 pm Monday.

Photo: Lauren Moerike delivers a rock

In the women’s B section, Lauren Moerike from the host club stole 4 in the last end to defeat Lauren Lenentine 11-7 to go to the B semi at 2 pm Monday against clubmate Jane DiCarlo, who was runner-up to Veronica Smith in the A qualifier. The winner of the B semi takes on Smith at 7 pm Monday in the B qualifier.

Two teams have now been eliminated from play in the “must-win” C flight, after suffering their third loss, with Cornwall’s Devin Schut losing 11-5 to Alberton’s Leslie Noye, and Kaleigh Mackay and her Crapaud and Montague team losing 7-6 in an extra end to Cornwall’s Jenny McLean. McLean takes on Lenentine, while Noye faces MacFadyen at 2 pm on Monday, with the losers going home and the winners advancing to the 7 pm draw. The C semi goes Tuesday at 2 pm with the C qualifier following at 7 pm.

The two game championship round goes Wednesday at 9 am and, if needed, 2 pm. If either Matthew MacLean of Veronica Smith wins all three sections of the modified triple knockout, their championship round won’t be required.

6 men’s and 6 women’s teams are in the Pepsi Juniors. The winning men’s and women’s rinks advance to the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, January 24 – February 1, 2015 in Cornerbrook NL.

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