PEI’s Tyler Smith junior men’s team from the Montague Curling Rink picked up a 5-4 win over Manitoba #1, skipped by Brett Walter, in the opening draw of the New Holland Canadian Juniors, today in Langley BC while the Lauren Ferguson junior women’s foursome from Cornwall lost their opener 10-4 in eight ends to the Mackenzie Zacharias squad from Manitoba, which includes PEI’s Lauren Lenentine at lead. Lenentine previously skipped her PEI team which included current Ferguson team members Kristie Rogers and Rachel O’Connor to two PEI Junior titles.
Smith has won five provincial junior titles, four for PEI, and one playing third for Team New Brunswick, skipped by Liam Marin. Smith will play against Marin at 11:30 PEI time this evening in New Brunswick’s first match of the event, and will take on Quebec in his lone Sunday game at 11 pm Atlantic.
Ferguson, playing in her second national junior championship, has a pair of games on Sunday, against Quebec at 1 pm AT and Nova Scotia at 6.
Event website: https://www.curling.ca/2020juniors/
Fourteen men’s and 14 women’s teams are competing for Canadian titles, separated into two seven-team pools per gender for the initial round-robin, followed by a Championship Round (top four in each pool) leading to the playoffs. The top team advances to its respective final on Sunday, Jan. 26, while the second- and third-place teams meet in a semifinal on Saturday, Jan. 25, to determine the other finalist.
Selected round-robin games (Sheet D) from the New Holland Canadian Junior Championships will be streamed live at Curling Canada’s YouTube page, which you can access by CLICKING HERE.
TSN/RDS2 will carry complete live coverage of the semifinals (women at 11 a.m. [all times PT], men at 4 p.m.) on Jan. 25 and finals (women at 9 a.m., men at 2 p.m.).
Link to TSN Curling Broadcast Schedule: https://www.tsn.ca/2019-20-curling-broadcast-schedule-1.593081
The winning teams will then represent Canada at the World Juniors in Russia.