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

By Jeff D'Andrea
January 25, 2019 - 5:00pm

It took a tiebreaker, but now the playoffs have been set for the 2019 New Holland Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships in Prince Albert.

British Columbia’s Sarah Daniels beat Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges 8-6 in the tiebreaker match earlier Friday at the Art Hauser Centre to advance to the semifinals. On her last rock, Daniels performed a clean hit for two to win the match in 10 ends.

Daniels turned the game around in the seventh end. Down 4-2, Daniels’ successful double-takeout gave B.C. a huge four-ender. St-Georges was able to tie it up in the eighth with two points of her own, but Daniels blanked the ninth end before scoring two in the 10th.

B.C.’s win puts them in the semifinals matchup against defending world champion Kaitlyn Jones and Team Nova Scotia. That’s slated for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Art Hauser Centre.

The winner of that matchup will play the undefeated Alberta in the gold medal match.

There was no tiebreaker needed on the men’s side. Saskatchewan’s Rylan Kleiter will play Manitoba’s J.T. Ryan at 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre in the semifinals. It will be a rematch of sorts, as Ryan defeated Kleiter 10-4 on Friday afternoon.

The winner of that will take on the 9-1 Tyler Tardi and Team B.C. Tardi has won the last two national championships, as well as last year’s world junior title.

 

Jeff.dandrea@jpbg.ca

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