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Three teams still undefeated at Under-18 championships

Quebec and Ontario women continue to roll undefeated through the round robin, with the 2017 champions from Northern Ontario dominating on the men’s side at the 2018 Canadian Under-18 Curling Championships in St. Andrews, N.B.

Quebec skip Annkatrin Perron, lead Desneiges Pruneau and second Chloé Munger take a breather during action at the 2018 Canadian Under-18 Curling Championships in St. Andrews, N.B. (Curling Canada/Mark Finley photo)

Quebec’s Annkatrin Perron, Alexia Perron, Chloé Munger, Desneiges Pruneau and Claudia Racine of the Kénogami Curling Club won their fourth straight game, defeating Newfoundland and Labrador’s Mackenzie Glynn on Wednesday evening with a score of 7-4.

Also cruising to a fourth win was Ontario’s Madelyn Warriner, Sarah Bailey, Brianne Donegan and Shannon Warriner of the Listowel Curling Club. Warriner stole two ends in an 11-2 victory over Northwest Territories’ Zoey Walsh.

Skylar Ackerman (Saskatchewan) and Bella Croisier (Northern Ontario) are keeping close to the leaders. Both won their Draw 7 games and share 3-1 records, along with Ryleigh Bakker (Alberta) and Erica Cluff (New Brunswick), who both won earlier in the day.

Ontario skip Madelyn Warriner calls the line during action at the 2018 Canadian Under-18 Curling Championships in St. Andrews, N.B. (Curling Canada/Mark Finley photo)

On the men’s side, undefeated Jacob Horgan, Max Cull, Nicholas Bissonnette and Shane Robinson – the 2017 champions from Northern Ontario – have a solid hold on first place with a 4-0 record. But four men’s teams are close behind at 3-1: Joshua Leung (Ontario), Owen Purcell (Nova Scotia), Ryan Jacques (Alberta) and Ryan McNeill Lamswood (Newfoundland and Labrador).

These standings will become more important as the round robin wraps up on Thursday. Only the top four teams in each pool will move on to an eight-team championship double-knockout playoff round beginning on Friday, April 13.

The playoff round will determine the four men’s and four women’s teams that will compete in the Olympic-style semifinals on Saturday, April 14, at 1:30 p.m. AT. The semifinal winners will play for gold while the losers will play for bronze at 6 p.m. AT the same day.

Additionally, the teams that don’t make the playoffs will take part in a mixed doubles competition.

Selected games from the 2018 Canadian Under-18 Championships will be streamed live for viewing on-line. Go to the event website, www.curling.ca/2018under18/, for links and more information about scoring, live streaming, teams and results.

Northern Ontario third Max Cull in action at the 2018 Canadian Under-18 Curling Championships in St. Andrews, N.B. (Curling Canada/Mark Finley photo)