ALBERTON — It took an extra end to accomplish it, but Jamie Newson and his Silver Fox Curling Club rink hammered out a tight 8-7 win over defending champion Eddie MacKenzie in the opening draw of the P.E.I. Tankard Provincial Men’s Curling Championship Wednesday evening at the Western Community Curling Club. Newson had opened up a 7-3 lead over MacKenzie after eight ends, but MacKenzie forced the extra end with a triple in the ninth and a stolen single in the tenth.
Skip Jamie Newson from the Silver Fox, keeps his eyes trained on the target broom as he releases a shot during his men’s Tankard game against defending champion Eddie MacKenzie. – Eric McCarthy
The John Likely rink from the Charlottetown Curling Club and the host Western Community Curling Club also scored a tight victory in their first game. Likely scored his team’s only steal of the game in the tenth end, and it gave them a 6-4 win over Darren Higgins and company from the Silver Fox.
The win sent Likely and his team right back out in the 9 o’clock draw against another Summerside rink, skipped by Steve van Ouwerkerk.