When the dust settled, the scene was set for just one tie-breaker game in the women’s field at The Dominion Curling Club Championship in Richmond, B.C.
A log-jam at the top of the leaderboard was broken when Ontario defeated Saskatchewan in Draw 13 action.
Saskatchewan (4-2) had a chance to prevent any tie-breakers with a victory over Ontario, but High Park skip Jodi McCutcheon stole two in the eighth end to win 7-5 and clinch first place with a 6-0 record. Saskatchewan skip Patricia Yeske of Hillcrest Curling Club didn’t even have a chance to win with her final shot—the best she could have done was make an angle double-takeout for a blank and force an extra end. Her shot sailed wide, giving Ontario the win, and a berth in Sunday morning’s semi-final (9 AM PST).
Saskatchewan will play Quebec tonight at 8 PM PST in the tie-breaker to determine the second playoff team in the “Blue” pool.
Sylvye Turgeon and her Quebec squad, sitting with a 4-2 record, stayed alive with a 6-5 win over Frankie Amos and her foursome from the Mayflower in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In the “Grey” pool there are no tie-breakers. Manitoba’s Meghan Armit clinched first place with a decisive 7-2 win over Alberta, knocking Kendra Nakagama out of the playoffs. Manitoba (5-1) will face Northern Ontario (5-1) in the Sunday’s semi-final, after Melanie Patry of Coniston Curling Club beat B.C. 10-2. The Manitoba win eliminated New Brunswick (4-2) from playoff contention, despite Shannon Tatlock’s 8-2 win over Northwest Territories, which included a 7-ender in the fourth end.
In the other game in Draw 13, Newfoundland and Labrador beat PEI 6-5 when the foursome from the Remax Centre in St. John’s was able to blank the eighth and run Cornwall Curling Club’s Lorianne Davies out of rocks.
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