Lavoie leads Quebec juniors to Scotties Tournament of Hearts

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts comes to Sydney, N.S.’s, Centre 200 this Feb. 16-24. Get to know the teams that will be competing for the Scotties crown this year.

Quebec

Youth has been served, yet again.

For the second straight year a junior-aged team will represent Quebec at the upcoming national women’s curling championship.

This time Gabrielle Lavoie, the 2017 U18 bronze medallist, used a three-ender in the fifth and a pivotal steal of one in the ninth to earn her first-ever Quebec women’s curling crown on Sunday, edging defending champion Émilia Gagné 6-5 in the championship final.

Lavoie, vice-skip Patricia Boudreault, second Anna Munroe and lead Julie Daigle will now represent the province at the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

The win avenged an earlier 8-7 loss to Gagné in round-robin play. Both teams had finished 5-3 on the week, but it was the youthful Lavoie rink – named the Méritas Award winners in the province in 2017 – that eventually came out on top.

Lavoie’s steal of one in the ninth gave the skip a 6-4 advantage and Gagné could only manage a single in the final end.

It was the second loss in a provincial final for Gagné, vice-skip Mélina Perron, second Marie-Pier Harvey and lead Chloé Arnaud, who earlier this season finished as runner-up at the Quebec junior women’s championship, losing 7-4 to Laurie St-Georges.

In 2018, Gagné finished 3-4 in Pool B play at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton, B.C., missing out on the championship round.

Tickets for the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts are available online at: https://www.curling.ca/2019scotties/tickets/ and shuttle bus service is available all day from Centre 200 to the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion (HeartStop Lounge). This is the first time the Scotties has been in Nova Scotia since 1992.