NAPANEE, Ont. - Manitoba's Kyle Doering grabbed a share of the men's lead at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian junior curling championship with a 6-5 extra-end win over Nova Scotia's Stuart Thompson on Wednesday.
Doering improved to 8-1 after 15 draws and moved into a first-place tie with Alberta's Brendan Bottcher, who was idle in the late draw.
Doering seemed to be in control with a 5-2 lead after six ends, but Thompson scored in the seventh, ninth and 10th ends to force the extra end.
At 6-3, Thompson is tied for third with five draws left and very much in the playoff picture. The first place team will advance directly to the final, while the second and third place teams meet in a semifinal.
Northern Ontario's Brennan Wark moved into a tie for third with Thompson after a seven-end, 11-3 romp over the Northwest Territories' Daniel Murray in the late draw.
Yukon's Thomas Scoffin, the bronze medallist at the Winter Youth Olympics, missed a chance to move into sole possession of second place when he lost 8-6 to New Brunswick's Josh Barry in an extra end. Scoffin is alone in fifth place at 5-3.
In other Draw 15 action, Alex Matters of P.E.I. scored two in the 10th end to beat Saskatchewan's Brady Scharback 6-5.
Idle Ontario and Quebec are tied for sixth at 5-4, followed by Saskatchewan (3-5), New Brunswick and P.E.I. (3-6), Newfoundland and Labrador (3-7), Northwest Territories (2-7) and British Columbia (1-8).
Manitoba also grabbed a share of first in the women's standings, with Shannon Birchard's rink defeating Nova Scotia's Emily Dwyer 10-5. Birchard put the game away with two in the ninth end.
Alberta's Jocelyn Peterman and British Columbia's Kesa Van Osch, both idle in the main draw, are tied with Birchard at 7-2 while Dwyer is alone in fourth at 6-3.
In other results, Northern Ontario's Kendra Lilly beat the Northwest Territories' Taryn Williams 11-5 in eight ends, P.E.I.'s Sarah Fullerton downed Saskatchewan's Kristen Streifel 12-5 in eight ends, and New Brunswick's Jennifer Armstrong beat Yukon's Sarah Koltun 7-5.
Ontario and New Brunswick are tied for fifth at 5-4, followed by Yukon (4-4), P.E.I. (4-5), Saskatchewan (3-5), Northern Ontario and Quebec (3-6), Newfoundland (3-7) and Northwest Territories (1-8).