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Getting closer at the top at Juniors

Things are tightening up a bit in the standings at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, presented by AMJ Campbell Van Lines.

Monday afternoon, Northern Ontario (Kendra Lilly of Sudbury) and Saskatchewan (Trish Paulsen of Saskatoon) each emerged victorious to move to 4-1, just a game behind the undefeated 4-0 women’s leader Ontario (Rachel Homan of Ottawa).

Northern Ontario slammed Northwest Territories (Amanda Moizis of Hay River), 16-2, while Saskatchewan took three in the deciding 10th end to defeat British Columbia (Dailene Sivertson of Victoria), 11-8 in Draw 8 action.

In other games, Alberta (Nadine Chyz of Calgary) moved into a tie with British Columbia at 3-2 with a 9-6 win over New Brunswick (Jessica Daigle of Saint John) while Nova Scotia (Tara LeGay of Bridgewater) ousted Prince Edward Island (Sarah Fullerton of Cornwall), 8-4.

In men’s, Saskatchewan (Braeden Moskowy of Regina) suffered its first defeat at the hands of British Columbia (Tyler Klymchuk of Langley), which stole a single in the 10th end and one in the extra for a 7-6 victory.   Alberta (Brendan Bottcher of Edmonton) disposed of New Brunswick (Josh Barry of Rothesay), 10-3.

Defending champion Prince Edward Island (Brett Gallant of Charlottetown) also needed to steal, this time a deuce in the 11th end, to clip Nova Scotia (Scott Garnett of Halifax), 9-7 and improve to 3-2 while Northern Ontario (Christian Tolusso of Thunder Bay) defeated Northwest Territories (Colin Miller of Yellowknife), 9-4.

The results left idle Manitoba (Alex Forrest of Winnipeg) alone in first with a 4-0 mark, followed by Alberta and Saskatchewan at 4-1, with Ontario (Jake Walker of Kitchener) at 3-1.

Play continues with Draw 9 Monday night at 7:00 pm at both Colisée Cardin and Club de curling Aurèle-Racine.