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Measurement decides P.E.I.-B.C. game at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Suzanne Birt follows a shot during the Scotties provincial women’s curling championship in Alberton in January.
Suzanne Birt follows a shot during the Scotties provincial women’s curling championship in Alberton in January. - Eric McCarthy

Birt rink faces Alberta’s Chelsea Carey on Thursday night

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

A measurement decided the game between Prince Edward Island’s Suzanne Birt rink and British Columbia’s Sarah Wark at the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., on Thursday afternoon.

With B.C. lying three, Birt had the hammer shot, and needed to grab a piece of the button to count one and break an 8-8 tie. However, after the rock went just a little too far, a measurement determined British Columbia’s rock was shot rock. That decision gave B.C. a 9-8 win in the opening game of the championship round for both teams.

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P.E.I. and B.C. now sport identical records of 5-3 (won-lost).
The top four teams from each eight-team pool advanced to the championship round, which will determine the four teams for the Page playoff system this weekend.
P.E.I. is back in action against Alberta’s Chelsea Carey (7-1) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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The back-and-forth game between P.E.I. and B.C. featured seven lead changes. P.E.I. led 8-6 after eight ends, but B.C. scored a deuce in the ninth to tie the game, setting the stage for the exciting finish.

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