Ontario and Manitoba continued their domination of the Women’s Draw at The Dominion Curling Club Championship on Wednesday evening with wins that left both teams at 4-0 atop the standings.
After giving up 1 in the first end to the team from the Northwest Territories, Team Manitoba, led by skip Meghan Armit of Winnipeg’s Granite Curling Club, scored 3 in the second and stole its way – including two more 3-point ends – to an 11-1 victory over Diane Baxter’s foursome from the Inuvik Curling Club.
Over on Sheet E, Ontario had a tougher battle against an undefeated (2-0) Quebec team that fought back from a 5-1 score after four ends.
Ontario skip Jodi McCutcheon was gaining a new nickname: Mc”Clutch”eon, but despite earning an eventual 6-4 win over Sylvye Turgeon and her Quebec squad, McCutcheon wasn’t happy with her own play, even with Ontario’s 4-0 record after Draw 7.
“I just didn’t have my draw weight…didn’t have my ‘mojo’ working,” said the Ontario skip, a former competitive player leading her club team in this national championship.
Ontario built up a 5-1 lead after four ends, but couldn’t put Quebec away. “Quebec’s girls were making great shots, and I just couldn’t make my last one (in the last few ends). It was getting very frustrating.”
The foursome from the Club de Curling Laval-Sur-Le-Lac managed to find – and steal – 4 points over the next three ends to make it close. The game ended in dramatic fashion, with Ontario winning a measurement in the eighth end to prevent a steal of one, which would have forced an extra end. The loss dropped Quebec to 2 and 1 and left Ontario tied with Manitoba at the top of the leader board.
In other action, Prince Edward Island fell to Saskatchewan 11-3, New Brunswick picked up its first win with a 10-3 victory over Yukon, and Nunavut stole its way to a 7-0 win over Newfoundland and Labrador, its first win of the competition.
A tight battle between Alberta and British Columbia saw Alberta steal a point in the eighth end to tie, and then steal again in the extra end for the 7-6 win.
Action continues at The Dominion Curling Club Championship on Thursday for both the men’s and women’s teams as they juggle for position in two pools – Grey and Blue – in preparation for the playoff round on Saturday.
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