Fleury, Ho­man, Gushue qual­ify for Tour Chal­lenge play­offs

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports -

THUN­DER BAY, Ont. — Tracy Fleury of East St. Paul, Man., topped Krista McCarville of Thun­der Bay, Ont., 5-3 on Thurs­day in ninth round-robin draw of the Tour Chal­lenge.

Fleury’s rink of third Se­lena Nje­go­van, sec­ond Liz Fyfe and lead Kristin MacCuish, con­tin­ued its solid start to climb to a 3-0 record and clinch a play­off spot with one group game re­main­ing Fri­day against Win­nipeg’s Darcy Robert­son.

The Tour Chal­lenge is the third event of the Grand Slam of Curl­ing sea­son and fea­tures the largest field in the se­ries with 60 teams split into two tiers of ac­tion.

Tier 1 in­cludes 15 of the top men’s teams and 15 of the top women’s teams from around the world.

Both Tier 2 di­vi­sions are com­posed of the next 10 teams ranked on the World Curl­ing Tour’s Or­der of Merit plus five teams from within the event’s re­gion.

Ot­tawa’s Rachel Ho­man (3-0) qual­i­fied for the play­offs by scor­ing four in the sixth end to de­feat Kerri Ei­nar­son of Gimli, Man., 7-2. Ei­nar­son’s squad (3-1) wrapped up round-robin play a day early and had al­ready se­cured a place in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Win­nipeg’s Jen­nifer Jones im­proved to a 2-1 record with a 6-5 vic­tory over Amer­i­can Nina Roth (2-1).

Cory Chris­tensen, also from the United States, stole one in the ex­tra end to edge Ed­mon­ton’s Chelsea Carey 8-7. Both teams are still in the mix with 1-2 records.

De­fend­ing men’s cham­pion Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., is 3-0 and qual­i­fied for the play­offs with a 6-1 win over Ja­son Gunnlaug­son of Mor­ris, Man. Gunnlaug­son dropped to 0-3. Round-robin play wraps up Fri­day with the top eight teams over­all in each divi­sion qual­i­fy­ing for Sat­ur­day’s quar­ter­fi­nals. The semi­fi­nals are set for Sat­ur­day evening with all fi­nals sched­uled for Sun­day.

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