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P.E.I. back in first alone

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. (CP) — Krista McCarville seemed to be the team to beat head­ing into Wed­nes­day’s action at the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts, com­ing off an em­phatic win over Prince Ed­ward Is­land that gave her sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the stand­ings. What a dif­fer­ence a day makes. McCarville dropped both her games on Wed­nes­day and fell into a tie for sec­ond place at af­ter 14 draws at the Scot­ties.

One-day melt­downs are be­com­ing a trend at this year’s edi­tion of the Cana­dian women’s curl­ing cham­pi­onship. On Mon­day, Jen­nifer Jones’s Canada rink dropped a pair of games af­ter en­ter­ing the day’s action un­de­feated at 3-0.

McCarville dropped de­ci­sions to Man­i­toba’s Jill Thurston in the morn­ing draw and Sharon Cormier of the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries/Yukon in the af­ter­noon draw.

P.E.I. took ad­van­tage of McCarville’s stum­ble and moved into first over­all at 7-2, while On­tario fell into a sec­ond-place tie with Canada and Man­i­toba at 6-3.

“ When you lose your first game you wouldn’t mind a lit­tle bit of a break just to re­group and for­get about it,” McCarville said. “Every­one is do­ing the same thing though, it’s not an ex­cuse. Now we just have to re­group for to­mor­row.”

Be­ing near the top of the stand­ings head­ing into the fi­nal day of the round robin is key for the McCarville rink as the play­off round kicks off on Fri­day.

“ We’re still in the hunt which is a good thing,” McCarville said. “ We only have three losses so it’s still in our con­trol. We don’t have to worry about other teams winning or los­ing for us. It’s still in our hands.”

As Draw 14 wrapped up the big game of the day saw Kathy O’Rourke’s P.E.I. rink take over sole pos­ses­sion of first place with a 9-5 win over Canada.

“Af­ter last night’s game against On­tario, we didn’t play very well,” said O’Rourke. “ They beat us pretty soundly.. We got to­gether this morn­ing and just said, ’Girls we’ve got to start mak­ing shots or peo­ple are go­ing to start beat­ing us.’

“ We came out re­ally strong this morn­ing against Que­bec and just tried to carry that through against Team Canada.”

Said Jones: “Ob­vi­ously (P.E.I.) played very well. We just had the bad fin­ish to the game and that’s not char­ac­ter­is­tic of us. It was a bad ninth end. I wish we could play it over again but we can’t so we’ll have to come out sharper to­mor­row.”

Other Draw 14 action saw New Brunswick’s An­drea Kelly de­feat Al­berta’s Va­lerie Sweet­ing 9-3. New Brunswick scored three in the sixth end to break open the game.

B.C.’s Kelly Scott de­feated Nova Sco­tia’s Nancy McCon­nery 8-7 in 11 ends. Nova Sco­tia scored a pair in the eighth end to open up a 7-4 lead. B.C. tied things up in the tenth end with a pair.

Man­i­toba de­feated Ter­ri­to­ries/Yukon 8-6.

The fi­nal round robin draws are set for to­day with tie-break­ers (if needed) set for Fri­day at the Es­sar Cen­tre.


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