GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALTA. – P.E.I.’s Suzanne Birt is off to a 2-1 (won-lost) start at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Birt, third stone Robyn MacPhee, second stone Meaghan Hughes and lead Marie Christianson, who curl out of the Charlottetown Curling Complex, defeated New Brunswick’s Sylvie Robichaud (1-2) by a 9-8 score in an extra end during Sunday night’s late draw.
Team Birt plays only once on Monday against Alberta’s Chelsea Carey (3-0) at 9:30 p.m., Atlantic Time.
Steal of four
Birt stole four in the third end to open up a seemingly comfortable 6-1 lead over New Brunswick. Birt led 7-3 after seven ends, but Robichaud drew for three in the eighth to make it a 7-6 game and then drew for two with the hammer in the 10th end to tie the game 8-8.
With the game’s final shot in the extra end, Birt hit a New Brunswick rock in the eight-foot and rolled onto the button to count the game-deciding point.
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 in the Canadian women’s curling championship.
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.
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.