Man­i­toba rinks dom­i­nate Scotties


Lethbridge Herald - - HERALD SPORTS - Emanuel Se­queira

Wild-card en­try Kerri Ei­nar­son is ex­actly where she hoped to be after the penul­ti­mate day of round-robin ac­tion at the Scotties Tour­na­ment of Hearts. A 10-3 win over Yukon’s Chelsea Dun­can has Ei­nar­son’s team in sec­ond place in Pool A with a 4-1 record fol­low­ing Tues­day af­ter­noon ac­tion at the South Okana­gan Events Cen­tre. Man­i­toba’s Jen­nifer Jones re­mains in first at 5-0.

In Pool B, Leth­bridge curler and Al­berta rep­re­sen­ta­tive Casey Schei­deg­ger earned a pair of vic­to­ries Tues­day, beat­ing Nu­navut 11-4 in the morn­ing draw and Bri­tish Columbia 11-1 in the late game.

Al­berta en­tered the late draw tied with Team Canada and New­found­land at 4-1, and re­cov­ered after suf­fer­ing their first loss Mon­day against New­found­land and Labrador’s Sta­cie Cur­tis.

In the af­ter­noon draw, Ei­nar­son’s wild­card team took a com­mand­ing 5-0 lead over Yukon after two ends.

“We played re­ally well,” said Ei­nar­son, who fin­ished fourth in the 2016 Scotties. “We put some pres­sure on the other team which was good. We made some key shots when we needed them.”

Ei­nar­son of Selkirk, Man., earned the big lead from a steal of two points when Dun­can made a mis­take with her fi­nal rock. Ei­nar­son stole another point in the fifth end to make it 8-1.

After build­ing a large lead, Ei­nar­son said they tweaked their strat­egy to se­cure the win by keep­ing fewer rocks in play, but also main­tain­ing pres­sure.

“I def­i­nitely don’t want to start peel­ing and ev­ery­thing and then los­ing that feel for draw weight just in case you need it,” she added.

For the first time, Man­i­toba played a full game and didn’t hit dou­ble dig­its de­feat­ing Sylvie S. Ro­bichaud (2-3) of New Brunswick 7-4.

“It was a good game. We had a cou­ple of mis­takes early,” said Jones, a five-time Scotties champ. “We had con­trol com­ing home, three up is a pretty com­fort­able po­si­tion to be in.”

In other af­ter­noon ac­tion, Nova Sco­tia’s Mary-Anne Arse­nault (3-2) scored a deuce in the 10th to edge Kerry Galusha (1-4) of the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries 9-8, while North­ern On­tario’s Tracy Fleury (3-2) top­pled Sherry An­der­son (2-3) of Saskatchewan 7-4. Nova Sco­tia is third in Pool A while North­ern On­tario is fourth.

In Pool B ac­tion ear­lier, vic­to­ries by Team Canada and Al­berta set up the three­way tie for first with New­found­land and Labrador.

Team Canada’s Michelle En­glot knocked New­found­land and Labrador’s Sta­cie Cur­tis from the ranks of the un­beaten Tues­day morn­ing. 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. Schei­deg­ger also won, de­feat­ing Nu­navut 11-4.

“We’re get­ting more and more com­fort­able with the ice ev­ery game,” said En­glot. “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 eight­ball a lit­tle bit,” said Cur­tis. “That kind of re­ally just set the tone for the rest of the game.”

Cana­dian Press photo

Al­berta skip Casey Schei­deg­ger de­liv­ers a shot as sec­ond Jessie Schei­deg­ger sweeps while tak­ing on Nu­navut at the Scotties Tour­na­ment of Hearts in Pen­tic­ton, B.C., on Tues­day.

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