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.
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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, 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.
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.