Having won both the “A” and “B” qualifying finals for the championship round of the modified triple-knockout draw, and advancing directly to the “C” final at 2 pm Sunday, the Lauren Ferguson rink now needs just one win in their next three games (the “C” final and the 2 championship games on Monday) to repeat as Girl’s champions at the PEI Under 18 Curling Championships in Cornwall, while their opponent, the winner of the “C” semi-final between the Rachael MacLean and Sydney Howatt rinks at 10 am Sunday, would have to win all three.
Ferguson won the “A” qualifier game on Saturday morning with a 10-9 extra-end decision over Emily Sanderson, who picked up five points in the last two ends to tie the game, but Ferguson took the win with a single in the extra.
It was another close loss for Sanderson in the “B” semi-final. She was leading 7-3 after five ends, but the Rachel MacLean team pulled out a come-from-behind 8-7 victory with a triple in six, and single steals in the final two ends.
Ferguson’s 9-2 win in the “B” final over MacLean was helped out by a four point steal in the fifth end, while a triple in the seventh brought the game to a speedy conclusion. 9-2 was also the score as the Sydney Howatt rink eliminated the Sanderson foursome in six ends in a “C” game and advanced to the 10 am Sunday “C” semi-final against MacLean. All five girl’s rinks in the event are from the host Cornwall club.
In the three-team Boy’s section, the defending champion Mitchell Schut rink from the host club took the “A” qualifier game 5-3 over the Brayden Snow foursome from the Silver Fox in Summerside, stealing singles in ends three through 5. Chase MacMillan and his Charlottetown Curling Complex team beat the Snow rink 9-4 in their “B” semi-final match, while MacMillan stole singles in the last two ends of the “B” final against Schut, for a 5-3 win and a spot in the championship round.
With separate winners of “A” and “B”, there will be at least one Championship Round game, at 10 am Monday. If either Schut or MacMillan win a second section, it could end then, if the double-section winner takes the first game, otherwise the deciding game goes at 2 pm.
The winning boy’s and girl’s teams advance to the third-annual Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships, to be played April 2-7 at the Glen Allan Recreation Complex in Sherwood Park, Alta.