The Chronicle Herald
Published: January 18, 2018 – 8:27pm
Nova Scotia’s Kaitlyn Jones continued her winning ways on Thursday morning at the Canadian junior curling championships in Shawinigan, Que.
The Jones rink, out of the Halifax Curling Club, held on to beat Ontario’s Emma Wallingford 6-5.
Jones and her team of Lindsey Burgess, Karlee Burgess and Kristin Clarke didn’t find themselves in the lead until the eighth end when they picked up a deuce for a 5-4 margin.
A steal of one in the ninth provided a two-point edge heading into the final end, where Wallingford could only muster a single.
Nova Scotia leads the championship pool at 7-1. New Brunswick’s Justine Comeau is second at 7-2 followed by Ontario and Quebec at 6-2. Rounding out the pool are Prince Edward Island and Alberta at 5-3, Newfoundland and Labrador 5-4 and Northern Ontario 3-5.
The winner of the championship pool goes directly to Sunday’s final. The second and third-place teams meet in the semifinal.
Jones played a late game against Northern Ontario’s Hailey Beaudry. On Friday, Nova Scotia plays Newfoundland and Labrador to complete championship pool play.
In men’s action, Nova Scotia’s Matthew Manuel picked up a big win by handing Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan his first loss. Manuel and his Mayflower Curling Club team of Alec Cameron, Nick Zachernuk and Adam Cocks scored three in the fourth en route to the 7-4 victory.
Northern Ontario continues to lead the championship pool at 8-1. Manitoba is next at 7-2, followed by Ontario and Alberta at 6-2, Nova Scotia and British Columbia at 5-3, Quebec 4-4 and Newfoundland and Labrador 3-5.
Nova Scotia played Alberta late Thursday night. On Friday they take on Ontario.
The winning teams will represent Canada at the 2018 world junior championships, March 3-10 in Aberdeen, Scotland.