Toronto Star

Scotties: Host rink locks up playoff spot

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ST. CATHARINES, ONT.— It took an extra end, but Rachel Homan’s team was the first into the playoffs at the Canadian women’s curling championsh­ip.

The Ottawa Curling Club foursome edged provincial rival Krista McCarville of Northern Ontario 7-6 to get to nine wins without a loss Wednesday.

Ontario concludes their round robin Thursday against Quebec’s Eve Belisle (6-3) in the morning followed by a much-anticipate­d showdown with Manitoba’s Michelle Englot (8-1) at night. At eight wins, Englot was assured at least a tiebreaker.

Defending champion Chelsea Carey won her seventh straight to get to 7-1. Her Calgary team downed Stacie Curtis of Newfoundla­nd and Labrador 11-5 in an evening draw.

Northern Ontario was chasing at 5-3. McCarville recovered from the loss to Homan beating Prince Edward Island’s Robyn MacPhee 7-6 in an extra end.

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