Championship Pool play underway at Canadian Juniors

Lucas Punkari/Daily Herald Alberta skip Selena Sturmay reacts as her teammates Kate Goodhelpsen and Paige Papley sweep a rock Wednesday at the Art Hauser Centre.

The top eight teams in the men’s and women’s event at the 2019 New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships are now in the stretch drive when it comes to making the playoffs in Prince Albert.

Following a tiebreaker on the men’s side between Ontario and Alberta in the morning, the Championship Pool began at the Art Hauser Centre this afternoon with three spots in this weekend’s playoffs up for grabs in each event.

Selena Sturmay’s Alberta rink is still perfect in the women’s division, though it took a steal of one point in the extra end for them to pick up a 9-8 win over Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges.

“It’s nice to know that we can grind out a win if we have to, especially when we are the only game left on the ice and everyone in the rink is watching us,” second Kate Goodhelpsen said.

“We weren’t quite as sharp as we have been this week, but Quebec was playing amazing and it turned into quite a battle between us.”

In the wildest game of the draw, British Columbia’s Sarah Daniels had a pair of four-enders on her way to a 15-6 victory over Manitoba’s Mackenzie Zacharias.

“Both of our teams like to have rocks in play, and when you add that together you get a few ends where there’s a lot of rocks in the house,” Daniels said.

“The ice was a little different compared to what we’ve seen here earlier in the week, but we were able to get a handle on it early on and we tried to use that to our advantage.”

Over in the Seeding Pool, Ontario’s Thea Coburn cruised to a 9-4 victory over Prince Edward Island’s Lauren Ferguson, while Newfoundland & Labrador’s Mackenzie Glynn edged Skylar Ackerman’s Host Team from Moose Jaw in a 4-3 affair.

In the men’s Championship Pool, Tyler Tardi’s British Columbia rink remained undefeated after a 6-2 triumph over Tanner Horgan’s Northern Ontario squad and Saskatchewan’s Rylan Kleiter kept up his winning ways with a 10-2 performance over Quebec’s Vincent Roberge.

After suffering a tough loss to Alberta’s Desmond Young in a tiebreaker game Wednesday morning, Ontario’s Samuel Steep rebounded in his first Seeding Pool game with an 11-7 victory over Prince Edward Island’s Tyler Smith.

Standings after Draw 14


Championship Pool

  • British Columbia (Tyler Tardi) – 7-0
  • Saskatchewan (Rylan Kleiter) – 6-1
  • Manitoba (J.T. Ryan) – 4-2
  • Nova Scotia (Graeme Weagle) – 4-2
  • Northern Ontario (Tanner Horgan) – 4-3
  • Quebec (Vincent Roberge) – 4-3
  • Alberta (Desmond Young) – 3-3
  • Newfoundland & Labrador (Greg Blyde) – 3-3

Seeding Pool

  • Ontario (Samuel Steep) – 4-3
  • New Brunswick (Jack Smeltzer) – 2-4
  • Prince Edward Island (Tyler Smith) – 2-5
  • Yukon (Trygg Jensen) – 1-5
  • Northwest Territories (Sawer Kaeser) – 0-6
  • Nunavut (Javen Komaksiutikask) – 0-6


Championship Pool

  • Alberta (Selena Sturmay) – 7-0
  • British Columbia (Sarah Daniels) – 6-1
  • Manitoba (Mackenzie Zacharias) – 5-2
  • Quebec (Laurie St-Georges) – 5-2
  • New Brunswick (Justine Comeau) – 4-2
  • Nova Scotia (Kaitlyn Jones) – 4-2
  • Saskatchewan (Sara England) – 4-2
  • Northern Ontario (Kira Brunton) – 3-3

Seeding Pool

  • Ontario (Thea Coburn) – 3-4
  • Newfoundland & Labrador (Mackenzie Glynn) – 3-4
  • Host Team (Skylar Ackerman) – 1-6
  • Prince Edward Island (Lauren Ferguson) – 1-6
  • Northwest Territories (Tyanna Bain) – 0-6
  • Nunavut (Sadie Pinksen) – 0-6

Draw 15 Schedule – 7 p.m.

Art Hauser Centre

  • Sheet A – Nova Scotia/Saskatchewan (Women’s Championship Pool)
  • Sheet B – Newfoundland & Labrador/Nova Scotia (Men’s Championship Pool)
  • Sheet C – Northern Ontario/New Brunswick (Women’s Championship Pool)
  • Sheet D – Yukon/New Brunswick (Men’s Seeding Pool)
  • Sheet E – Alberta/Manitoba (Men’s Championship Pool)

Prince Albert Golf & Curling Club

  • Sheet G – Nunavut/Northwest Territories (Men’s Seeding Pool)
  • Sheet H – Nunavut/Northwest Territories (Women’s Seeding Pool)