HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Total Chaos, a team from New Hampshire, earned 14 points to take a four-point lead over USA East, a team made up of candlepin bowlers from Maine and Massachusetts, at the 25th World Team Candlepin Championship at Halifax Fairlanes Bowling Center Wednesday.
Total Chaos picked up 14 wins and leads the Pelham Electric division with a 34-14 record while USA East slumped a bit with just eight wins on Wednesday. USA East (30-18) is now in a three-way tie for second with Rick’s Pallets of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and Crazy Train out of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
In the Ramada Hotel division, MacLaughlin T&T of Halifax compiled a 22-2 record to tie Fenway Painters of Boston with a 40-8 record. Cambelton Lions of New Brunswick is just one back at 39-9.
The high averages so far belong to Dave Barber from Lucky Strike of Massachusetts at 135.5 and Brian Bernatchez of Cambelton Lions at 132.7. Lucky Strike’s Jim Putney threw the tourney’s highest single score with a 174 and highest triple at 459 to spark his team to a three-way tie for fourth in the Ramada division. Rob Henderson of MacLaughlin threw a 172 single and Barber had a 170.
Defending champion Maria’s Sub of Massachusetts is in fifth place in the Pelham division at 28-20.
The five-day tournament matches 24 teams. Wednesday marked the second day of qualifying round play, which continues through Thursday and early on Friday. Playoffs begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday.