UPEI is sending two of its strongest ever teams to compete at the 2017 Subway AUS Curling Championships this week in Truro, Nova Scotia. The championships begin Thursday, February 9 and run through February 12.
Both teams are filled with experienced players. The women's team includes skip Sabrina Smith, who represented Prince Edward Island at the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Canadian Juniors, as well as the 2017 Canadian Mixed Championships and the 2016 Mixed Doubles. Mate Meghan Ching was a member of the second-place squad at the 2015 U18 provincials. Second Breanne Burgoyne represented PEI at the 2017 Canadian Juniors and won the 2016 Atlantic U18. Annika Kelly throws lead for the Panthers.
Chris Gallant skips the men's team. He was a member of Team Canada at the 2015 World Universiade in Granada, Spain. He was a member of the 2011 Atlantic U18 championship team and the 2014 CIS championship team. He is a two-time PEI junior champion and competed twice at the Canadian Juniors. Kyle Holland also competed twice at the Canadian Juniors. He won the PEI Juniors in 2012 and 2014 and the 2011 Atlantic U18 championship. Alex MacFadyen curled on the gold medal-winning 2015 Atlantic U18 team and the bronze team at the 2014 championship. Brooks Roche is a 2015 and 2017 provincial junior champion, competed twice at the Canadian Juniors, and took bronze at the 2013 Atlantic U18 championships.
Peter Gallant coaches the men's team. Paul Smith coaches the women. Best of luck in Truro!
Bell Aliant will be webcasting some of the draws. The UPEI schedule is as follows:
Draw #1, 11:30 am: UPEI Men vs. St. Francis Xavier; UPEI Women vs. University of New Brunswick
Draw #2, 3:30 pm: UPEI Women vs. Saint Mary's University
Draw #3, 9:00 am: UPEI Men vs. Memorial University
Draw #4, 12:30 pm: UPEI Women vs. Dalhousie University
Draw #5, 4:00 pm: UPEI Men vs. Dalhousie University
Draw #6, 7:30 pm: UPEI Women vs. St. Francis University
Draw #7, 9:00 am: UPEI Women vs. Mount Allison University
Draw #8, 12:30 pm: UPEI Men vs. University of New Brunswick
Draw #9, 4:00 pm: UPEI Men vs. Acadia University; UPEI Women vs. Memorial University
Draw #10, 7:30 pm: UPEI Men vs. Saint Mary's University
The full schedule can be found here.
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