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Manitoba Juniors: Birchard Silver, Doering Bronze at Canadian Championships

Monday Feb 06 2012

FINAL UPDATE: Kyle Doering's Manitoba Junior Men lost the national semi-final 7-3 to Northern Ontario, who in turn lost the final to Alberta. The two Alberta teams will represent Canada at the World Juniors in Sweden.            

SATURDAY UPDATED: Shannon Birchard's Manitoba Junior Women will come home from their first Canadian championship together as the Canadian Silver medallists, having lost 12-6 at the hands of Alberta in the Saturday evening final. Kyle Doering's Junior Men won their tiebreaker game and will play the semi-final Sunday afternoon in Napanee, ON.                       

SATURDAY: Kyle Doering's Manitoba Junior Men have won their tiebreaker game at the M&M Meat Shops Junior Championships. A 9-4 win this afternoon over Nova Scotia has advanced the Manitobans into the semi-final game Sunday against Northern Ontario. In the Junior Women's, an 8-7 win for Alberta in the semi-final has set up an Alberta-Manitoba final game Saturday evening. Shannon Birchard's Manitoba champion team finished the round robin in first place.                 

FRIDAY (UPDATE): Manitoba's Shannon Birchard team, with a final round 8-7 win over Yukon-Territories, has finished the M&M Meat Shops Junior Championship round robin at 10-2 and in first place. Alberta (10-2), who lost to Manitoba in the round robin, is in second place and BC(8-4 is in third place. Manitoba gets a bye to the  Junior Women's  Saturday evening final.

Kyle Doering's Junior Men's team lost 5-4 to Yukon-Territories in their final game, to finish at 9-3 in a three-way tie for second with Nova Scotia and Northern Ontario. NONT beat both in the round robin so they get second place while Manitoba and Nova Scotia will play a Saturday tiebreaker for third place. Alberta topped the Junior Men at 11-1, their only loss being to Manitoba.

FRIDAY: With ther final game Friday afternoon against Yukon-Territories, Manitoba's two Junior teams are in the playoff chase at the Canadian Juniors. Kyle Doering, at 9-2 trails Alberta which has completed their run in the Junior Men's at 11-1 and in first place. Nova Scotia is done at 9-3. Manitoba and Northern Ontario (8-3) both play on the final draw. A Manitoba win gives Team Doering a 10-2 record and second place. With a loss, Manitoba's status is unclear. If Northern Ontario wins to improve to 9-3, a three way tie would be resolved in favour of Northern Ontario who beat both Manitoba and Nova Scotia and the latter two would be in a tiebreaker. If Nova Scotia loses, Manitoba finishes in seocnd place thanks to a win over Nova Scotia in the round robin.

In the Junior Women's Shannon Birchard's team is at 9-2 behind 10-2 Alberta. A Birchard win Friday over Yukon-Territories will give Manitoba first place thanks to their win over Alberta. British Columbia has finished in the third playoff spot with an 8-4 record.

THURSDAY: With wins Thursday evening against British Columbia, Manitoba's junior teams improved their records to 9-2 and both are assured of post-round robin play. A 6-5 win for Shannon Birchard moved hte team into a first place tie with Alberta and they will finish either first or second depending on results of the Friday draws.  A 5-3 win for the junior men moved them into second place behind Alberta but with a pair of teams at 8-3, a three way tie for second and a tiebreak game involving Manitoba is possible.  Doering's Junior Men lost 7-6 Thursday morning to Quebec while Shannon Birchard won 11-9 over Quebec. The two teams' records improved to 8-2. The Junior Women shared first place with Alberta and BC while the Junior Men trailed 9-1 Alberta and shared second place with Northern Ontario.

WEDNESDAY: On the late draw Wednesday in Napanee, Kyle Doering needed an extra end to defeat Nova Scotia 6-5 and move alone into first place at 8-1 ahead of idle Alberta. In the Junior Women`s, SHannon Birchard also won over Nova Scotia (10-5) to improve to 7-2.

Earlier in the day, Manitoba's Kyle Doering had improved to a record of 7-1 at the Canadian M&M Meat Shops Juniors with a 7-5 victory over Saskatchewan. Shannon BIrchard's Junior Women also beat Saskatchewan (7-4) and improved their record to 6-2. With the win, Doering led the way, tied with Alberta, but nominally in first because of the win over Alberta. Birchard was in a 3-way tie with Nova Scotia and Alberta, behind 7-1 British Columbia.

TUESDAY GAME 2: Manitoba's two teams ended the unbeaten strings of both Alberta teams with victoris by identical 9-5 scores in their second game of the day Tuesday.

TUESDAY GAME 1: Manitoba's Kyle Doering team has kept pace with undefeated Alberta at the Canadian Junior Championship. Doering defeated New Brunswick 8-7 Tuesday afternoon to improve to 5-1. Shannon Birchard's Junior Women lost 87-4 to New Brunswick and have a record of 4-2. Alberta remains undefeated in the Junior Women's as well.

MONDAY SUMMARY: Manitoba's Kyle Doering team and Shannon Birchard team have both improved to 4-1 with a pair of wins on Monday at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors. Doering is at 4-1 following Monday wins over Prince Edward Island (8-5) & Newfoundland-Labrador (7-5). Alberta leads the Junior Men at 5-0. Nova Scotia is tied with Manitoba at 4-1 and Quebec is 4-2.  Birchard is at 4-1 following Monday wins over Prince Edward Island (5-3) & Newfoundland-Labrador (9-6). Alberta also leads the Junior Women at 5-0. Manitoba is tied with Nova Scotia and British Columbia  at 4-1.

WEEKEND SUMMARY: Manitoba's Kyle Doering team and Shannon Birchard team have both opened the M&M Meats Canadian  Juinior Championships with a pair of wins and a loss. BIRCHARD opened with 6-5 win over Northern Ontario and 6-4 over Territories before losing 7-5 to Ontario while DOERING began with 5-3 loss to Northern Ontario followed by wins 13-2 over Territories and 7-2 over Ontario.

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