Stay­ing per­fect

N.L. de­feats Al­berta at Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts, P.E.I. loses late to Que­bec

Journal Pioneer - - SPORTS - BY EMANUEL SE­QUEIRA

Team Canada’s Michelle En­glot knocked New­found­land and Labrador’s Sta­cie Cur­tis from the ranks of the un­beaten Tues­day at the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts. En­glot reg­is­tered deuces in each of the first two ends en route to an 8-5 vic­tory over Cur­tis, who came into the match hav­ing won four straight. But with Al­berta’s Casey Schei­deg­ger also win­ning, there’s now a three-way tie atop Pool B with each rink at 4-1. Schei­deg­ger scored four in the fifth to cap­ture a 11-4 win over Nu­navut’s Amie Schack­le­ton (0-5) at the South Okana­gan Events Cen­tre. En­glot started her match against Cur­tis strong, storm­ing out a 4-0 lead af­ter just two ends.

“It was just a mat­ter of not get­ting into too much trou­ble,” said En­glot, a Regina na­tive. “It was a fairly good build­ing game for us.

“We’re get­ting more and more com­fort­able with the ice ev­ery game. We need to just keep build­ing mo­men­tum.”

En­glot said get­ting off to a quick start was key for her team. And Team Canada went ahead 4-0 with a steal of two in the sec­ond end when Cur­tis’s rock slid into the 12-foot ring. “That kind of put us be­hind the eight-ball a lit­tle bit,” said Cur­tis. “That kind of re­ally just set the tone for the rest of the game.” Canada made it 6-2 in the fifth end with an­other steal as Cur­tis felt her squad was flat. “We can all play bet­ter and we’re all com­pet­i­tive enough to go back and re­group,” she said. New­found­land and Labrador strug­gled with draw weight through­out the con­test. Cur­tis said her team didn’t ex­pect to go through the pre­lim­i­nary round un­de­feated but a key now is learn­ing from the loss, the mov­ing on.

“You are go­ing to have to be re­silient,” she said. “We’ve done it be­fore.”

En­glot said con­tin­ued im­prove­ment re­mains her team’s goal, adding it has ar­eas in its game that need clean­ing up. En­glot felt Team Canada didn’t con­trol the front of the rings in the first few ends as well as it would’ve liked.

Still, she’s more than happy to be tied for first in Pool B. “We needed to beat them,” said En­glot, who was sec­ond to On­tario’s Rachel Ho­man in last year’s tour­na­ment and fin­ished third in 1988 and `89.

In other early ac­tion, B.C.’s Kesa Van Osch (3-2) scored three in the 10th end for a 6-5 win over On­tario’s Hol­lie Dun­can (2-3) while Que­bec’s Emilia Gagne (2-3) scored twice in the 10th for an 8-6 vic­tory over Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s Robyn MacPhee (1-4).

“We played a good game,” said Que­bec’s Marie-Pier Har­vey through a trans­la­tor. “We made great shots.

“The other team too. The skip MacPhee made some ter­rific shots. Forced us to make good shots.” MacPhee and her rink from the Char­lot­te­town Curl­ing Com­plex played Canada in the late draw. They con­clude the pre­lim­i­nary round to­day against Nu­navut at 6 p.m. At­lantic.

The top four teams from each pool ad­vance to the cham­pi­onship round.

CP PHOTO

Team P.E.I. third Sarah Fuller­ton, from left, skip Robyn MacPhee, lead Michelle McQuad, and sec­ond Meaghan Hughes played Que­bec at the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts in Pen­tic­ton, B.C., on Tues­day.

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