Rachel Homan and her Ontario squad of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle remain undefeated at the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts after overpowering Kerry Galusha of the Northwest Territories/Yukon 9-2 in eight ends on Sunday afternoon at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ont.
Galusha, who squeaked out an extra-end win over Newfoundland and Labrador on Saturday night, was behind right from the start. Homan scored a deuce in the first end, then followed up with two steals to put the pressure on the Yellowknife team of Galusha, Sharon Cormier, Megan Cormier and Wendy Miller.
For the Homan team, which curls out of the Ottawa Curling Club, everything is working.
“We’re learning the ice, and we’re taking it one game at a time,” said Homan. “We’re making a few mistakes and we’re learning from them. My teammates are playing well and we’re supporting each other. We’re just having fun out there, especially with the crowd.”
The Ontario team is making its second appearance at the Scotties, and they’re clearly enjoying the pro-Ontario fans.
“It’s so much fun,” said Homan when asked about playing as the ‘home team.’ “It’s pretty cool. So much support, and everyone’s amazing in the arena.”
Ontario gets the night off, and will play B.C. on Monday afternoon.
Saskatchewan’s Jill Shumay and New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford kept the pressure on each other throughout their match. Shumay scored a four-ender and a three-ender, but Crawford hung in until the ninth end, eventually coming out on the losing side of a 10-5 score.
“It was a battle out there,” said Shumay. “We just came out a little flat, a little tired, and then we loosened up right before that four-ender and just followed it through.”
In other games, Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones steamrolled over Stacie Devereaux of Newfoundland and Labrador, scoring a deuce with hammer in the second, and then stealing seven more points on the way to a 9-1 win.
Prince Edward Island, still winless, continued to struggle, losing to Heather Nedohin and Team Canada 6-5 when skip Suzanne Birt’s attempt to tie and force the extra end came up short.
The Scotties continues on Sunday with Draw Five at 7 p.m., and on Monday with draws at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (all times EST). All draws are being broadcast by TSN/RDS, the official broadcast partner of the Season of Champions.
Live scoring, statistics and updated standings are available at https://www.curling.ca/championships/scotties/draw-schedule/scores-and-standings/