There are a maximum of three games left in the PEI Mixed Curling Championship at the Montague Curling Rink, and a win in any one of them — the “C” final at 2 pm Sunday and the two championship games, on Monday at 10 am and, if needed, 2 pm, would give the Jamie Newson team from the Silver Fox and Charlottetown Curling Complex a repeat trip to the nationals. Their opponents, the Tyler MacKenzie rink from Charlottetown, who made it to the championship round against Newson last year, will need to win all three games in order to take the event title.
Newson won both the A and B sections over Crapaud’s Nick Blanchard team, but MacKenzie eliminated Blanchard with a 7-4 win in their “C” semi-final game this morning, aided by a pair of stolen deuces, to advance to the “C” final. Newson won his “C” semi in an extra end over the host club’s Larry Richards foursome. The game was tied 3-all after five ends, with Newson taking a triple in the sixth. Richards responded with a deuce in seven and a tying single in eight, but Newson had hammer in the extra, and scored a deuce for an 8-6 win.
The rules state that a team that wins all three sections will be declared the champion without the Monday championship round. If Newson loses this afternoon’s “C” final, he will, as a double section winner, have a “double life” in the championship round and would win with a victory in either game, while MacKenzie would need to win both.
The eventual winner will advance to the Canadian Mixed, from November 4-9 2019 at Foyer des loisirs et de la culture in Saguenay, Quebec.