Prince Edward Island tops Mixed standings after Day 2
Prince Edward Island, skipped by former provincial junior champion Kyle Stevenson of Charlottetown, is the only undefeated team after Day 2 of the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, taking place at the Burlington Golf and Country Club. In a battle of undefeated teams, Prince Edward Island managed to eke out a 6-5 extra end victory over New Brunswick (Mary Jane McGuire of Fredericton) to move to 3-0 in the 12-team round robin. New Brunswick fell into a tie for second, at 2-1, with host Ontario, skipped by another former provincial junior champion, Mark Bice of Sarnia, who defeated British Columbia (Jason Montgomery of Duncan), 10-4 in Draw 4 Sunday evening. In the only other evening match, Yukon/Northwest Territories (Wade Scoffin of Whitehorse) had no trouble with Quebec (Simon Hebert of Baie-Comeau), 7-2. Six teams are at 1-1, including favoured Nova Scotia, skipped by 2004 Brier winner and Ford Worlds bronze medallist Mark Dacey of Halifax. Twelve teams, representing the 10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario and Yukon/Northwest Territories, are contesting the 47th edition of The Mixed, from November 14-21. The teams play a round robin, after which the first place team advances directly to Saturday’s final, while the second and third place teams meet in a semi-final. Ontario has won the Canadian Mixed twice since the championship began in 1964 in Toronto – in 1986 by skip Dave Van Dine in Kamloops and by skip John Epping at the 2006 edition in Whitehorse. Alberta leads all provinces with nine wins, while defending champion Manitoba and Saskatchewan are next with eight victories each. Round robin play continues through Thursday, with draws at 9:00 am, 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm ET, with a final draw at 9:00 am on Friday, prior to the playoffs.