Fitzner-LeBlanc remains unbeaten

GORDIE SUTHERLAND -- Halifax Herald

, Last Updated: 1:18 PM ET

Mayflower's Ian Fitzner-LeBlanc is 4-0 and in control at the Nova Scotia junior men's curling championship in Bridgewater.

In a battle of the undefeated, Fitzner-LeBlanc defeated Highlander's Dominic Daemen 8-5 Sunday to assume the lead at the triple-knockout event.

"It's a start that anyone would want," said Fitzner-LeBlanc, a business student at Saint Mary's.

"We gave ourselves a chance here now that we're qualified. But we just have to stay strong. It's a long tournament. There's a lot left."

Defending champion Jamie Christianson of CFB Halifax was eliminated Sunday. He lost 10-5 in the morning to Kelsey Amero of Digby.

Amero was sidelined later in the day after falling 10-3 to Ted White of Truro.

In the morning showdown, Fitzner-LeBlanc and his rink of third Chris McDonah, second Bill MacPhee and lead Kendall Keeley, who is competing in his hometown, jumped to an early 5-0 lead on Daemen. The Mayflower foursome picked up two in the first end and stole the third, fourth and fifth ends.

But Daemen fought back, forcing Fitzner-LeBlanc to hold on.

The rinks have met three times this season and split their first two encounters.

"They're a top team and they've played us tough for a long time," said Fitzner-LeBlanc.

The 20-year-old skip from Halifax has played with mate McDonah for about 10 years. Keeley came aboard last year and MacPhee is new this season.

Fitzner-LeBlanc said composure has been one of the keys so far.

"We're playing well as a team and that's what's important," he said.

At the junior women's event in Truro, Morgan Muise of Mayflower improved to 4-0.

Muise, with Michelle Woodroffe, Amanda Sledge and Ashlee Rushton, beat Sarah Rhyno of CFB Halifax 11-8.

Defending champion Paige Mattie of Chedabucto lost 11-3 Sunday to Nicole Baxter of Chester.

Action continues today.


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