June 25, 2018
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USA East, Fairlanes gain semifinal berths in world team bowling tourney

By Wayne Hand Jr., Special to the BDN

BREWER, Maine —The second seed in the Holiday Inn division, MacLaughlin Truck & Trailer of Nova Scotia defeated the Pepsi division No. 5 seed Fenway Painters of Massachusetts 1,830-1,796 in the first round of the playoffs during the World Team Candlepin Bowling Tourney at the Bangor-Brewer Bowling Lanes on Friday afternoon.

Chris Niven of Halifax, Nova Scotia, rolled a match-high 383 series to help MacLaughlin’s move on to Saturday’s quarterfinals at 9 a.m.

The third seed in the Holiday Inn division, Campbellton Lions of New Brunswick, had a 16-pin lead after two strings and held on to defeat Woodstock Bowlacade also of New Brunswick, 1,696-1,669.

Lucky Strike of Massachusetts, the No. 2 team in the Pepsi division, made a strong bid to become two-time champion by handily defeating the No. 5 seed in the Holiday Inn division, Big 20 from Scarborough, 1,804-1,732.

Lucky Strike was led by Hudson, N.H.’s Shawn McKinley’s 403 set.

Extreme TNT of Massachusetts will next bowl Lucky Strike in the quarterfinals after they narrowly beat 20th Century Lanes of Massachusetts, 1,776-1,768. 20th Century Lanes was behind by 32 pins after two strings and gained 24 pins in the final string, but still came up eight pins short in the match, despite John Zappi’s 392 series.

All runner-up teams received $500.

In the semifinal round on Saturday at noon, the No. 1 seed from the Holiday Inn division, USA East of Maine/Massachusetts, will face off against the winner of the MacLaughlin Truck & Trailer/Campbellton Lions morning quarterfinal.

Fairlanes A+ Pelham will match up against the winner of Lucky Strike versus Extreme TNT.

The final match will be bowled at 3 p.m. Saturday with the winning team taking home $10,000 and the runner-up settling with $5,000.

On Friday morning, during the final day of round robin match play, the 12-team Holiday Inn division’s top four did not change from Thursday’s standings, but the same cannot be said about the Pepsi Division.

The surprise team on Friday in the Pepsi division was Woodstock Bowlacade of New Brunswick which came into the day in seventh place and earned 15 of 16 possible points to surge to the No. 4 seed.

This left Charlestown Bank of New Hampshire on the outside of the playoffs after gaining the fifth spot a day earlier. Fairlanes A+ Pelham, Nova Scotia narrowly claimed the top seed by one point over Lucky Strike of Massachusetts, and in doing so, earned a bye into the semifinal round at noon Saturday.

The other teams to make the playoffs were No. 3 seed, Extreme TNT of Massachusetts and Fenway Painters of Massachusetts. Kingswood of New Brunswick and Fenway Painters ended up with 50 points, but the tie-breaker of total tournament pinfall went to the Fenway Painters.

In the 12-team Holiday Inn division, defending champ USA East claimed the No. 1 spot and earned the group of Maine and Massachusetts bowlers a bye into the semifinal round.

MacLaughlin Truck & Trailer of Nova Scotia, Campbellton Lions from New Brunswick, and 20th Century Lanes of Massachusetts filled in the next three spots in the playoffs.

Another big move in this division was by Big 20 of Maine, which started the day in seventh place and earned 10 points Friday to move into the final playoff spot. Big 20 moved ahead of two other Maine teams, Downtown Jewelry and Local Flavah.

Similar to the Pepsi division, Local Flavah actually tied Big 20 with 45 points, but Big 20 knocked down six more pins during the week to claim the No. 5 seed.

Kirk Kennedy of Woodstock Bowlacade in New Brunswick bowled the high string of the tournament Friday, knocking down 198 pins. Brandon Marks of Local Flavah had the next high single string total of 180. The high three-string total went to Freddie Tofflemire’s 439 effort. He bowls with MacLaughlin Truck & Trailer and the high average for the tourney was bowled by USA East’s Shawn Morrison of Bucksport, with a 132.

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