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Birt foursome takes three-game winning streak into today’s action

KINGSTON, ONT. — Prince Edward Island recorded its third straight victory, but had to work some overtime magic to get it Tuesday afternoon at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the K-Rock Centre.

Suzanne Birt and her Charlottetown Curling Complex rink of Shelly Bradley, Sarah Fullerton  and Leslie MacDougall stole two points in an extra end to beat Quebec, skipped by Allison Ross, by an 8-6 score.

Ross was forced to draw near the four foot with her time clock running out and came up heavy.

The P.E.I. victory, on the heels of two straight 12-7 wins, improved the team’s record to 3-3.

The rink now sits alone in sixth place but tied for fifth in the win column with B.C., which played  its game in hand late Tuesday night.

“We had a strong finish to the game and it’s always good to get that W, even when you kind of struggle throughout the game, making just a few half shots,” Birt said right after the dramatic win. “It was good to pull it out.”

She said perseverance was the key, and noted the team worked hard to set up the steal in the extra end, trying to tie up the centre before the final shots.

On her last shot, she used a hit and roll behind cover to leave the four foot open for her opponents.

“We scored a deuce in ten, and hoped for the best in the extra end,” she said. “We wanted her to throw the draw, and she was running a little tight on time and I think she just rushed it a little bit. We lucked out and it worked out.”

Birt is happy with the winning streak, and hopes to keep it going in her games today against Northwest Territories-Yukon and B.C.

“We’re on a little bit of a roll right now after a slow start, and we’re learning each and every game,” the skip said. “So now we just go from there.”

Continuing its quest for a playoff berth, Birt said the team needs to continue its good play.

“We have to stay focused, play consistent, make some good shots and the results will come as they will.”

The P.E.I. team did not play in Tuesday night's draw.

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THE CANADIAN PRESS

KINGSTON, Ont. — Standings Tuesday following the ninth draw of the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Canadian women’s curling championship, to be held through Feb. 24 at the K-Rock Centre (all times Eastern):

Province (Skip)    W    L

Ontario (Homan)    6    0

Manitoba (J.Jones)    6    0

Canada (Nedohin)    6    0

Saskatchewan (Shumay)    4    2

B.C. (Scott)    3    3

P.E.I. (Birt)    3    3

Quebec (Ross)    2    4

New Brunswick (Crawford)    2    4

Nova Scotia (Arsenault)    2    4

N.L. (S.Devereaux)    1    5

NWT/Yukon (Galusha)    1    5

Alberta (K.Moore)    0    6

Tuesday’s results

Eighth Draw

Newfoundland & Labrador 8 Alberta 3

British Columbia 13 New Brunswick 7

Nova Scotia 10 NWT/Yukon 7

Prince Edward Island 8 Quebec 6

Ninth Draw

Nova Scotia 7 Saskatchewan 5

Ontario 8 Quebec 4

Manitoba 9 Alberta 6

Canada 7 British Columbia 5

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Monday’s results

Sixth Draw

Canada 12 Quebec 2

Manitoba 11 Nova Scotia 4

Ontario 9 British Columbia 8 (extra end)

Saskatchewan 7 Alberta 6

Seventh Draw

Ontario 7 New Brunswick 5

Canada 10 Newfoundland & Labrador 3

Prince Edward Island 12 Saskatchewan 7

Manitoba 9 NWT/Yukon 1

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Sunday’s results

Third Draw

Canada 7 Nova Scotia 6

Manitoba 10 British Columbia 4

Ontario 9 Alberta 5

Saskatchewan 12 Quebec 5

Fourth Draw

Manitoba 9 Newfoundland & Labrador 1

Canada 6 Prince Edward Island 5

Saskatchewan 10 New Brunswick 5

Ontario 9 NWT/Yukon 2

Fifth Draw

British Columbia 9 Nova Scotia 4

New Brunswick 9 NWT/Yukon 5

Quebec 9 Alberta 6

Prince Edward Island 12 Newfoundland & Labrador 7

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Wednesday’s games

Draw 10, 2 p.m.

Canada vs. Manitoba; NWT/Yukon vs. Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland & Labrador vs. New Brunswick; Saskatchewan vs. Ontario.

Draw 11, 7 p.m.

NWT/Yukon vs. Alberta; Nova Scotia vs. Newfoundland & Labrador; British Columbia vs. Prince Edward Island; New Brunswick vs. Quebec.

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Thursday’s games

Draw 12, 9 a.m.

Saskatchewan vs. Canada, Manitoba vs. Ontario.

Draw 13, 2 p.m.

Nova Scotia vs. Prince Edward Island; New Brunswick vs. Alberta; NWT/Yukon vs. Quebec; Newfoundland & Labrador vs. British Columbia.

Draw 14, 7:30 p.m.

British Columbia vs. Saskatchewan; Quebec vs. Manitoba; Alberta vs. Canada; Ontario vs. Nova Scotia.

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Friday’s games

Draw 15, 9 a.m.

Newfoundland & Labrador vs. Quebec; British Columbia vs. NWT/Yukon; New Brunswick vs. Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island vs. Alberta.

Draw 16, 2 p.m.

Manitoba vs. New Brunswick; Prince Edward Island vs. Ontario; Saskatchewan vs. Newfoundland & Labrador; Canada vs. NWT/Yukon.

Draw 17, 7:30 p.m.

Ontario vs. Canada; Alberta vs. Nova Scotia; Quebec vs. British Columbia; Manitoba vs. Saskatchewan.

End of Round Robin

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PLAYOFFS

Saturday, Feb. 23

If No Tiebreakers Are Required

Page Playoffs — One vs. Two, 2 p.m.

Page Playoffs — Three vs. Four, 7 p.m.

If Tiebreakers Are Required

Tiebreaker, 9 a.m.

Page Playoffs — One vs. Two, 2 p.m.

Page Playoffs — Three vs. Four, 7 p.m.

Note: if two tiebreakers are required, the second will be played at 2 p.m.

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Sunday, Feb. 24

Semifinal

One-Two loser vs. Three-Four winner, 9 a.m.

Third Place

Three-Four loser vs. Semifinal loser, 2 p.m.

Championship

One-Two winner vs. Semifinal winner, 7 p.m.

 

 

Geographic location: KINGSTON, Prince Edward Island, Quebec Northwest Territories-Yukon

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