HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — While the team standings tightened up in both divisions of play at the 25th World Candlepin Championship Wednesday, Maine-Massachusetts entry USA East slipped to fifth on the third day of qualifying round play at Halifax Fairlanes Bowling Center.
In the Pelham Electric division, Total Chaos of New Hampshire leads with a 48-24 record while Moncton (New Brunswick) Fairlanes is just behind at 46-26. Crazy Train of Massachusetts and New Hampshire is tied with Maria’s Sub Shop of Quincy, Mass., at 44-28. USA East is tied for fifth with Rick’s Pallets of Dartmouth, N.S., at 42-30 after going 12-12 Thursday.
In the Ramada Hotel division, it’s a three-way tie at the top between surging Lucky Strike of Mass., MacLaughlin T&T of Halifax, N.S., and A+ Fairlanes of Halifax. All are 54-18. Kingswood, N.B., is fourth at 48-24 and Cambelton Lions of N.B. are fifth at 47-25.
Chris Hollett of MacLaughlins is the new high single bowler for the tourney with a 188 Thursday. Jon Winchell of Total Chaos and Jim Putney of Lucky Strike both bowled 459 for the tourney’s high triple.
High averages so far belong to Brian Bernatchez of Cambelton (132.4), Dave Barber of Lucky Strike (132.2) and Mitch Seary of New Minas (N.S.) Fairlanes (132.0).
Qualifying play will conclude Friday morning and determine the two first-place, two-round byes as well as the 10 playoff teams. First round playoff action starts at 3 p.m. today with the next three rounds starting Saturday at 9 a.m.
Other Maine teams include Vacationland Firepower of Saco in seventh place at 37-35, Sessa’s Maineiacs of Newport in 10th at 26-46, and Downtown Jewelry and Engraving of Belfast in 12th at 16-56 in the Pelham division; and Colonial Lanes in 10th at 18-54 and Maine Heat of Bangor in 12th at 10-62 in the Ramada division.