Four teams still in the running for Tankard title, Likely and MacKenzie each assured of a play-off game (Journal)

ALBERTON — The field still in the running for the P.E.I. Tankard provincial men’s curling championship has been trimmed to four teams. Two rinks from the Silver Fox, skipped by Steve van Ouwerkeerk and Jamie Newson, were eliminated in Friday’s afternoon draw.

Mike Spencer, second stone for Darren Higgins Silver Fox rink, appears fenced in with curling brooms as he releases a rock during P.E.I. Tankard provincial men’s curling championship action at the Western Community Curling Club. Higgins won an elimination game 10-4 over clubmate Jamie Newson Friday. He plays Tyler Smith in Saturday’s 9 a.m. draw. – Eric McCarthy

Van Ouwerkerk fell 8-6 to John Likely despite scoring in six of the game’s 10 ends, and Newson lost 10-4 to Darren Higgins, the only Silver Fox rink still in the hunt.

Also still very much in the running for the championship and the right to represent P.E.I. at the Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon, Manitoba, March 2 to 10, are P.E.I. junior champion Tyler Smith and defending Tankard champion Eddie MacKenzie. Those teams met in the ‘B’ Qualifier Friday afternoon with MacKenzie prevailing 6-3. 

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