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P.E.I. skip Suzanne Birt pictured on Saturday at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
P.E.I. survived a bit of a scare Sunday night at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
After roaring out to a 6-1 lead after just three ends of play, Island skip Suzanne Birt was forced to hit for the winning score in an extra end, edging New Brunswick 9-8.
Sylvie Robichaud’s New Brunswick rink staged a late-game comeback, scoring three in the eight end, holding P.E.I. to a single in the ninth before scoring two in the 10th end to force extras.
Birt struggled in the game, shooting just 65 per cent.
The win lifts P.E.I. back over .500, at 2-1 after two days.
Birt opened play on Saturday night against Newfoundland and Labrador’s Stacie Curtis rink. With the game tied 1-1, a six-ender in the fourth end opened up a comfortable 7-1 advantage for P.E.I. en route to a 9-5 win.
Then in Sunday morning’s Draw 3, Birt and Co. fell 9-4 to Team Canada’s Jennifer Jones, who evened her record at 1-1. Jones took full advantage of the hammer as she scored four deuces with last-rock advantage.
Monday, Team Birt plays only once against Alberta’s Chelsea Carey at 9:30 p.m., Atlantic Time. Carey took a 2-0 record in Sunday’s fourth draw against British Columbia’s Karla Thompson (0-1).
In the Ford Hot Shots competition, Green finished second to Jones, who won a two-year lease on a 2016 EcoBoost-powered Ford Edge Sport SUV. Green received $2,000 as runner-up.
Christianson finished third and received $1,000. Christian and Jones tied in a semifinal, but Jones won a draw to the button to advance.