Veronica Smith and Matthew MacLean rinks win championship round berths at Pepsi Juniors

The two-time defending champion Veronica Smith rink from the Cornwall Curling Club, and the Matthew MacLean foursome from the Cornwall and Maple Leaf curling clubs won the “A” divison qualifiers today at the Pepsi Provincial Juniors Curling Championships at the Charlottetown Curling Complex, giving them berths in the two game championship round on Wednesday.

Photo: Veronica Smith

Photo: Matthew MacLean (right)

MacLean stole a single point in the extra end to win his qualifier game against Canada Games contender Tyler Smith and his Crapaud and Montague team by a 9-8 score, while Veronica Smith, trailing 5-4 coming home in her game against Jane DiCarlo from the Charlottetown Curling Complex, picked up a triple in the 10th end for a 7-5 win. In the modified triple knockout format of this event, the A qualifiers remain in the draw, and have the opportunity to also win the B and/or C divisions. If either MacLean or Smith win all three sections, they will be declared the champions without the championship round. If a team wins two of the three sections, they will play in both championship round games, and take the championship if they win either, while their opponent would have to win both games. If there are three separate winners, the team who plays in the most qualifying games gets the bye to the second game.

Matthew MacLean and Veronica Smith receive berths in the B finals, at 7 pm Monday, and will face the winners of the B semi-finals at 2 pm Monday. The men’s B semi will be between Tyler Smith and the winner of the 7 pm Sunday game between the Alex MacFadyen team from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside, and Cornwall’s Donald DeWolfe team. The women’s B semi sees DiCarlo take on the winner of the 7 pm Sunday contest between Lauren Lenentine of Cornwall and Lauren Moerike of Charlottetown.

Going into the 7 pm Sunday draw, two men’s rinks, skipped by Devin Schut of Cornwall and Leslie Noye of the Western Community Curling Club have two losses, and are down in the must-win C division, while the Jenny McLean rink from Cornwall and the Kaleigh Mackay team from Crapaud and Montague are in the same situation on the women’s side.

The C semi-finals are 2 pm on Tuesday with the C qualifier games following at 7. The championship round, if needed, goes Monday at 9 am, and, if necessary, 2 pm. 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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