The Pepsi Provincial Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s Curling Championships, for curlers in the Under 21 age category, continue today at the Silver Fox Curling Club in Summerside, with four junior men’s and three junior women’s teams entered, playing ten-end games. There will be new champions this year as defending Junior champions the Lauren Ferguson junior women’s team from Cornwall, and the Tyler Smith foursome from the Charlottetown Curling Club are not back, as Ferguson is curling in Nova Scotia, while Smith has aged out of Juniors and competed as third stone on the winning PEI Tankard men’s team this year, skipped by Eddie MacKenzie.
The Mitchell Schut and Rachel MacLean teams won the “A” Qualifiers in the modified triple knockout draw on Friday morning, with last year’s Junior Women’s finalist team, skipped by Rachel MacLean, fighting back from a 5-0 deficit after five ends against clubmate Ella Lenentine in her U21 debut to win the game 8-7, aided by a 4-point sixth end and single and double steals in the 9th and 10th ends respectively.
Lenentine lost 11-4 to clubmate Katie Shaw in the “B” semi-final. Shaw takes on MacLean in the “B” Qualifier this morning at 9.
Schut and Snow teams in “A” Qualifier. Photo from Team Snow Curling live-stream
On the Junior men’s side, last year’s finalist team, skipped by Mitchell Schut, won the “A” Qualifier over Cornwall clubmate Brayden Snow and his team by a 9-5 score, helped out by an 8th end triple steal.
The two teams square off again at 9 this morning in the “B” Qualifier of the modified triple knockout draw.
Teams in both divisions are playing modified triple knockout draws, where the winning team from each section also gets to compete in the next section. If a team wins all three sections, they will win the event without a championship round. If a team wins two sections, they will advance to a championship game against the winner of the other section and will take the championship if they win the game. If the other team wins, there will be a second championship game, with the winner of that game. If there are three separate section winners, the team that played in the most section finals will earn a bye to the second championship game where they will face the winner of a game between the other two finalists.
Live results from the Pepsi Junior championships are available at PEICurling.com.
No spectators are permitted due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Previous PEI Juniors Championship winners and websites are at: peicurling.com/pei-curling-history/history-menu/provincial-juniors-winners-and-past-event-websites/
(will not be updated during event – refer to live scoring for draw progression)
1. If one team wins all three qualifiers: Championship Round is not required.
2. If one team wins two qualifiers. They play in both MA/WA and MB/WB (and win the event if they win either game), the other winner plays in MA/WB (and has to win both games).
3. Three separate winners: the team that played in the most qualifying games* plays in MB/WB and the other winners play off in MA/WB. If there is a tie in number of qualifying games played, then the team that qualified earliest goes to MB/WB and the other two teams play off in MA/WA
*Qualifying games have a yellow border on the schedule