Photo (L-R): PEI Mixed Winners Jamie Newson, Melissa Morrow, Andrew MacDougall, Miranda Ellis
Newson, who was a finalist in both the A and B sections of the modified triple knockout draw, and won the “C”, earned a bye to the final, while “A” section winner MacKenzie eliminated “B” winner Mitchell Schut from Cornwall with a 7-4 win in the morning semi-final to advance to the deciding game.
In the final, Newson, whose team includes third Melissa Morrow, second Andrew MacDougall, and lead stone Miranda Ellis, had a 4-1 lead at the fourth end break, scoring singles in the first two ends and a deuce in the fourth. MacKenzie, who was also a finalist last year, narrowed the gap to 1 with a deuce in the fifth, but a Newson triple in the sixth put him ahead 7-3. MacKenzie was kept to a single in seven, and ran out of rocks in the eighth.
Other members of Team MacKenzie were third Aleya Quilty, second Doug MacGregor and lead Jodi Murphy. Nine teams, with members from all seven dedicated PEI curling facilities, began play on Friday.