Veronica and Tyler Smith rinks win B qualifiers at Pepsi Juniors

The B qualifiers have now been determined following Monday evening play at the Pepsi Provincial Junior Curling Championships at the Charlottetown Curling Complex, with two-time defending champ Veronica Smith from the Cornwall Curling Club winning the women’s B event, and Tyler Smith (no relation) and his Crapaud and Montague rink winning the men’s.

Veronica Smith stole four points in the sixth end on the way to an 8-6 win over Charlottetown’s Jane DiCarlo rink in the women’s B qualifier. Smith had previously won the A section of the modified triple knockout, and is now just one win away from taking the championship. If Smith also wins the C qualifier at 7 pm Tuesday, she would immediately be declared the champion and the Wednesday championship round would not be needed. If she doesn’t win that game, she will take the championship if she wins either game on Wednesday, while the winner of the C event would have to win both games.

Photo (L-R): Katie Fullerton, Veronica Smith, Sabrina Smith

Tyler Smith won the men’s B event with a 7-5 come-from-behind win over Matthew MacLean and his rink from the Cornwall and Maple Leaf clubs. Smith was trailing 5-4 after eight ends, after MacLean stole singles in ends three through five, but stole a deuce in the 9th and a single in the final end for the win. MacLean had previously won the A event.

Photo: Tyler Smith delivers a rock

Two more teams were eliminated from play this evening, with Alex MacFadyen from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside knocking out Cornwall’s Donald DeWolfe rink with an 11-5 victory, in a game that ended early when MacFadyen picked up five points in the eighth end. On the women’s side, Cornwall’s Jenny McLean stayed alive with a 9-1 win over Charlottetown’s Lauren Moerike rink in six ends.

In Tuesday “C” semi-final play at 2 pm, Matthew MacLean takes on Alex MacFadyen, and Jenny McLean faces Jane DiCarlo, with the winners playing Tyler and Veronica Smith, respectively, in the C qualifier game at 7 pm.

The two game championship round is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 am and 2 pm.

The men’s and women’s winners advance to the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, January 24 – February 1, 2015 in Cornerbrook NL.

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