Team Canada may have defeated P.E.I. 8-4 at the Tim Hortons Brier on Wednesday, but the game was much closer than the final score indicates.
Tyler Smith of Team P.E.I. yells instructions to his sweepers during Wednesday’s round-robin game against Team Canada’s Brad Gushue rink at the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary. Smith moved up from the third position to skip the game. Team Canada won the game 8-4. – Curling Canada/Michael Burns Photo.
Tyler Smith, 22, moved up to skip P.E.I. from the third position for the game as skip Eddie MacKenzie was on the bench as the team’s alternate and alternate Aaron Bartling moved into the lineup at third. P.E.I.’s front end of lead Ryan Lowery and second Sean Ledgerwood remained unchanged.
P.E.I. skip Eddie MacKenzie did not play in Wednesday’s round-robin game against Team Canada at the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary. MacKenzie was on the bench as third Tyler Smith skipped the P.E.I. entry and alternate Aaron Bartling played third. – Curling Canada/Michael Burns Photo.
Team Canada, skipped by Brad Gushue, improved to 4-2 (won-lost) at the Canadian men’s curling championship. P.E.I. dropped to 1-5.
P.E.I. plays Saskatchewan (4-2) on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., and closes out the round robin against Ontario on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Team Canada’s final two round-robin games are against Newfoundland and Labrador (2-5) on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., and Nunavut (0-6) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.