UPDATED: Birt rink back on winning track

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P.E.I. wins twice Wednesday to even record

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – The P.E.I. representative at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts got back on the winning track Wednesday.

Members of Team P.E.I. at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts are, from left: Suzanne Birt, skip; Robyn Green, third stone; Meaghan Hughes, second stone, and Marie Christianson, lead.

The Suzanne Birt rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex overcame a 5-3 deficit to edge Saskatchewan’s Jolene Campbell 7-6 in afternoon action, and then outscored British Columbia’s Karla Thompson 6-4 in the late draw.

Birt, third stone Robyn MacPhee, second stone Meaghan Hughes and lead Marie Christianson snapped a three-game slide and evened their record in the round-robin portion of the Canadian women’s curling championship at 4-4 (won-lost).

 

Thursday’s action

Thursday, Birt will face Ontario’s Jenn Hanna (4-4) in the afternoon, and faces Manitoba’s Kerri Einarson (5-3) in evening action. The P.E.I. rink will then conclude round-robin play against Quebec’s Marie-France Larouche (4-3) on Friday morning.

Following Wednesday’s action, the Birt rink is one of five teams at four losses and very much in the race for a playoff spot. The top four teams after round-robin play advance to the playoffs.

 

Built leads

Team P.E.I. built a 3-0 lead against Thompson (1-7) after three ends, and led 6-2 after seven ends. British Columbia counted single points in the eighth and ninth ends to close out the scoring.

Against Saskatchewan, P.E.I. trailed 5-3 after seven ends, but Birt counted three in the eighth end.

Saskatchewan tied the game 6-6 in the ninth, setting the stage for Birt’s game-winning shot in the 10th end. Saskatchewan was lying two on top of each other in the four-foot, but the Summerside native cleanly scattered both and stuck around for the single point.

 

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Summerside Ontario Manitoba Quebec

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