Team Sask off to the national semifinals; tiebreaker on women's side

By Jeff D'Andrea
January 25, 2019 - 12:26pm

Rylan Kleiter and Team Saskatchewan finished off pool play with an 8-2 record, and now have a chance to win the 2019 New Holland Canadian Junior Men’s Curling Championships in Prince Albert this weekend. But to do it, they’ll have to beat the only two teams they’ve lost to.

In their final pool game on Friday morning at the Art Hauser Centre, Team Saskatchewan fell 10-4 against J.T. Ryan and Team Manitoba (7-3). Kleiter was behind 5-4 after eight ends. Ryan stole one in the ninth after Kleiter missed a difficult double-takeout. Then Ryan stole four after Kleiter flashed his last rock, attempting what would be a historic triple hit.

That means that Saskatchewan and Manitoba will play in the semifinals at 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre. The winner of that will move on to play defending Canadian and world champion Tyler Tardi (9-1) and Team British Columbia for the gold medal on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.

Previously, B.C. defeated Kleiter 5-3 back on Sunday. The only team to beat B.C. was Manitoba, doing so on Thursday morning by a score of 7-4.

And then there were four

All the stars aligned for Kaitlyn Jones and the defending world champion Nova Scotia squad, as they were able to leapfrog two teams after the Friday morning draw.

They came into the final day of Championship Pool Play one win behind both Quebec and British Columbia, but went on to beat Laurie St-Georges and Team Quebec 9-8 to stay alive in the tournament. Then Sarah Daniels and Team B.C. fell to New Brunswick 9-4.

That saw N.S., Quebec and B.C. all have 7-3 records on the tournament, but Nova Scotia gets a semifinals berth on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.

Quebec and B.C. will play a tiebreaker match Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre, with the winner playing Jones in the semis.

Selena Sturmay and Team Alberta finished off with a 10-0 record and will move straight to the finals on Sunday, 10 a.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.

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B.C. wins and is in the junior national curling semifinals

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