Rylan Kleiter and his teammates from the Saskatoon Sutherland Curling Club know they’ll be in Prince Albert for the weekend.
They just don’t know yet if they’ll play in a semifinal Saturday or if they will earn a bye straight into Sunday’s final at the 2019 New Holland Canadian Juniors.
The Saskatchewan men’s team clinched a playoff spot Thursday afternoon at the Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club with a dominant 12-2 win over Nova Scotia’s Graham Weagle.
Heading into the final round-robin draw Friday morning, Kleiter has an 8-1 record and is currently tied for first place in the Championship Pool with British Columbia’s Tyler Tardi.
The two-time defending national champions and reigning world title holder also clinched a playoff spot Thursday afternoon with a 6-4 win over Quebec’s Vincent Roberge at the Art Hauser Centre.
After handing Tardi his first loss earlier in the day, Manitoba’s J.T. Ryan was upended by Newfoundland & Labrador’s Gregg Blyde in a 9-5 affair.
In the lone Seeding Pool matchup of Draw 17, Prince Edward Island’s Tyler Smith cruised to a 16-2 triumph over Nunavut’s Javen Komaksiutikask.
Meanwhile, Alberta’s Selena Sturmay has all but clinched a spot in the playoffs as she moved to 8-0 with a 6-3 win over Manitoba’s Mackenzie Zacharias.
Elsewhere in the women’s Championship Pool, British Columbia’s Sarah Daniels picked up a 9-7 victory over Saskatchewan’s Sara England and Nova Scotia’s Kaitlyn Jones won an 8-4 contest with New Brunswick’s Justine Comeau.
Skylar Ackerman’s Host Team from Moose Jaw picked up their second win of the week with an 8-4 Seeding Pool triumph over Prince Edward Island’s Lauren Ferguson, while Newfoundland & Labrador’s Mackenzie Glynn prevailed in a 7-4 encounter with Ontario’s Thea Coburn.
Standings After Draw 17
- British Columbia (Tyler Tardi) – 8-1
- Saskatchewan (Rylan Kleiter) – 8-1
- Manitoba (J.T. Ryan) – 6-3
- Newfoundland & Labrador (Greg Blyde) – 5-3
- Quebec (Vincent Roberge) – 4-4
- Alberta (Desmond Young) – 4-4
- Northern Ontario (Tanner Horgan) – 4-4
- Nova Scotia (Graeme Weagle) – 4-5
- New Brunswick (Jack Smeltzer) – 5-3
- Ontario (Samuel Steep) – 4-4
- Prince Edward Island (Tyler Smith) – 3-5
- Yukon (Trygg Jensen) – 2-6
- Northwest Territories (Sawer Kaeser) – 1-7
- Nunavut (Javen Komaksiutikask) – 0-8
- Alberta (Selena Sturmay) – 8-0
- British Columbia (Sarah Daniels) – 7-2
- Quebec (Laurie St-Georges) – 6-2
- Manitoba (Mackenzie Zacharias) – 5-3
- Northern Ontario (Kira Brunton) – 5-3
- Nova Scotia (Kaitlyn Jones) – 5-3
- Saskatchewan (Sara England) – 5-4
- New Brunswick (Justine Comeau) – 4-4
- Newfoundland & Labrador (Mackenzie Glynn) – 5-4
- Ontario (Thea Coburn) – 4-5
- Host Team (Skylar Ackerman) – 2-6
- Northwest Territories (Tyanna Bain) – 1-7
- Prince Edward Island (Lauren Ferguson) – 1-7
- Nunavut (Sadie Pinksen) – 0-8
Draw 18 Schedule – 7 p.m.
Art Hauser Centre
- Sheet A – Alberta/Northern Ontario (Men’s Championship Pool)
- Sheet B – Northern Ontario/Quebec (Women’s Championship Pool)
- Sheet C – Newfoundland & Labrador/Quebec (Men’s Championship Pool)
- Sheet D – Host Team/Northwest Territories (Women’s Seeding Pool)
- Sheet E – Nova Scotia/Manitoba (Women’s Championship Pool)
Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club
- Sheet F – Yukon/Prince Edward Island (Men’s Seeding Pool)
- Sheet G – Nunavut/Prince Edward Island (Women’s Seeding Pool)
- Sheet H – New Brunswick/Alberta (Women’s Championship Pool)
- Sheet I – Nunavut/New Brunswick (Men’s Seeding Pool)