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Friday, February 23, 2007
Source: Canadian Curling Association
Three teams will fight it out Friday at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alta., to decide the fourth and final playoff berth at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championship.
Alberta’s Cheryl Bernard, P.E.I.’s Suzanne Gaudet and Ontario’s Krista Scharf all finished round-robin play Thursday night with victories to finish with 6-5 records. Alberta will play Ontario Friday at 10:30 a.m. (all times Eastern) with the winner advancing to play P.E.I. at 3 p.m. The winner of that game then advances to the Page playoff three-four game against Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones, who finished third with a 9-2 record. The three tiebreaker teams posted 1-1 records against each other, but P.E.I. advanced to the second round of the tiebreaker by virtue of its superior performance in the pre-event skills competition.
TSN will televise all three draws on Friday.
Alberta clinched its tiebreaker berth by defeating Kelley Law of B.C. 8-5 in Draw 17. Alberta stole one in the fifth end to take its first lead of the game, then put away the win when Bernard made a free draw for three in the ninth. B.C. finished at 5-6.
P.E.I. got into the tiebreaker mix by winning her fourth straight game, drubbing Sandy Comeau of New Brunswick 8-3. The Islanders picked up deuces in the third and fourth ends, and the gloves came off after P.E.I. scored four in the seventh end. New Brunswick finished with a 1-10 record.
Ontario, meanwhile, came back from a 5-3 deficit through six ends to beat Newfoundland/Labrador’s Heather Strong 10-8 in an extra end. Newfoundland/Labrador closed out with a 5-6 record.
In the other Draw 17 game, Team Canada’s Kelly Scott, who clinched first place in the round-robin earlier Thursday with an 8-3 win over Manitoba, improved to 10-1 with an 8-5 triumph over Chantal Osborne of Quebec. The Osborne foursome bowed out of the Scotties with a 4-7 record.
The two Page playoff games are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday. While Manitoba plays the survivor of the tiebreakers for a berth in Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. semifinal on CBC, Team Canada will take on Jan Betker of Saskatchewan in the Page one-two game. The winner will go to Sunday’s 1:30 p.m. championship final on CBC, while the loser drops to the semifinal.