(by Eric McCarthy) Team P.E.I.’s Alex MacFadyen rink from the Silver Fox in Summerside sees action in the opening men’s draw of the New Holland Canadian junior curling championships on Saturday. The MacFadyen rink captured the four-team provincial men’s triple-knockout championship in O’Leary on Dec. 29, taking the title in the minimum four games.
The Lauren Lenentine rink from Cornwall, which went 3-3 (won-lost) in the round robin at last year’s Canadian championship, repeated as provincial women’s champions with a 7-0 record.
Lenentine’s first game of the nationals is in Draw 2, 2 p.m. (all times Eastern), against the Emma Wallingford rink from Ottawa, which has two members of last year’s runner-up rink in the lineup.
Both the men’s and women’s championships are being played in Shawinigan, Que., from Jan. 13 to 21, with teams getting to experience both arena and club ice.
Following Saturday’s game against Wallingford, Team Lenentine faces Haailey Beaudry’s Northern Ontario rink on Sunday at 9:30 a.m., and they finish Day 2 against Sadie Pinksen and her Nunavut rink in Sunday’s 6:30 p.m. draw. Only their game against Northern Ontario will be played on arena ice.