Halfway through the preliminary pool at the 2020 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship and there’s only one way to describe Quebec’s performance so far: dominant.
Quebec’s Jean-Sébastien Roy and his team from the Des Collines/Etchemin Curling Clubs have outscored their competition 30-8 for a perfect 3-0 record at Foyer des loisirs et de la culture in Saguenay, Que.
Most recently, Roy, vice-skip Amélie Blais, second Dan deWaard and lead Brenda Nicholls surged to a 9-2 win against Northern Ontario’s Sandy MacEwan (0-4, North Bay Granite Club) on Tuesday afternoon.
Combine that win with 10-3 triumph over Prince Edward Island’s Jamie Newson (0-3) on Monday and an 11-3 conquest of Yukon’s Thomas Scoffin (0-3, Whitehorse Curling Club) on Sunday and you’ve got a team that is sitting comfortably in the standings partway through the event.
But Quebec will face its biggest challenge over the next three games. On Tuesday night, Quebec takes on British Columbia’s Cameron de Jong (2-1, Victoria Curling Club), followed by the other two undefeated teams (as of Tuesday afternoon) in Pool B on Wednesday: New Brunswick’s Grant Odishaw (3-0, Curl Moncton) and Manitoba’s Corey Chambers (3-0, Miami Curling Club).
On the other side of the draw in Pool A, Alberta’s Warren Cross (3-0, Saville Community Sports Centre, Edmonton) remains the only undefeated team heading into the Tuesday evening draw after defeating Nunavut’s Wade Kingdon (0-3, Iqaluit Curling Club) 7-3. Newfoundland & Labrador’s Cory Schuh (3-1, RE/MAX Centre, St. John’s) gifted Alberta that accolade after defeating Ontario’s Wayne Tuck (2-1, Ilderton Curling Club) on Tuesday afternoon.
The championship features 14 teams (10 provinces plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon) seeded and separated into two pools of seven teams each. The teams first play a round robin within their pool. At the conclusion of the round robin, the top four teams in each pool advance to the Championship Pool, when the teams play the teams from the opposite pool, carrying forward their full win-loss records. Meanwhile, the bottom three teams in each pool will go to the Seeding Pool.
The Championship Pool concludes on Friday and will be followed by two semifinals Saturday, Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. (all times Eastern), pitting 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3. The two winners then advance to the gold-medal final Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. while the two losing teams meet in the bronze medal game at the same time.
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