Birt rink eliminated from playoff contention

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P.E.I. drops two games Thursday

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – P.E.I.’s Suzanne Birt rink has been eliminated from playoff contention at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Suzanne Birt makes a shot while lead Marie Christianson, left, and second stone Meaghan Hughes sweep the rock during the 2016 provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Birt dropped a pair of games on Thursday to fall to 4-6 (won-lost) at the Canadian women’s curling championship. The top four teams advance to the Page playoff format.

Birt, third stone Robyn MacPhee, second stone Meaghan Hughes and lead Marie Christianson will close out round-robin play against Quebec’s Marie-France Larouche (4-6) on Friday morning.

Thursday, Birt fell 8-5 to Ontario’s Jenn Hanna (5-5) in the afternoon, and then dropped an 8-7 decision to Manitoba’s Kerri Einarson (6-4) in the late draw.

Einarson scored three with the hammer in the third end to go up 5-2. After the teams exchanged single points, the Manitoba rink stole a deuce in the sixth end to open up an 8-3 advantage.

The Birt rink refused to quit and scored single points in the next four ends to make it a one-point game.

Hanna stole three in the fifth end to open up a 6-1 lead, but the Birt rink, which curls out of the Charlottetown Curling Complex, was able to close to within 7-5 after eight ends. However, Hanna added an insurance point in the ninth.

Geographic location: Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario

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