Northern Ontario continues building momentum at the Scotties

Tracy Fleury’s clutch draw to the edge of the button for a single in the ninth end stemmed a momentum shift and carried her Northern Ontario team to a vital 7-4 win over Sherry Anderson of Saskatchewan Tuesday at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The 31-year-old Fleury and teammates third Crystal Webster, second Jenn Wylie, lead Amanda Gates, alternate Jenna Walsh and coach Andrea Ronnebeck had built a 6-2 lead after six ends, but gave up singles in the seventh and eighth and were in danger of giving up another in nine. Anderson had made a nearly perfect draw around cover to the left edge of the button. But Fleury came down the right side and got the point after a measurement. “A pretty impressive shot,” Webster said of her skip’s clutch draw. “The amazing thing is Tracy had an absolutely incredible game, so I knew she would be really, really close. Getting the line call on that was so precise because you needed a side of the pin to get the point. “We were letting the lead slip away a bit, so it was a really big point to finish off that game.” The win improved Northern Ontario’s record to 3-2 as they continued to improve after starting the tournament with two straight losses. “We’re got a bit of momentum going and hopefully we can keep building on it,” said Webster. “To sit at 0-2 is a little bit scary with this format because your back gets up against the wall pretty quickly.” It’s now the 54-year-old Anderson and her youthful teammates – 23-year-old sisters Kourtney (third) and Krista (second) Fesser, lead Karlee Korchinski, 22, alternate Kim Schneider and coach Rick Folk — with their backs against the wall. At 2-3 going into the final two games of the initial set of round-robin games, the Saskatoon foursome is in a logjam with teams battling to finish in the top four in Pool A to advance to the Championship Pool. “We got outcurled (early) and then we started curling well, but we were already three down,” said Anderson. “You can’t spot these teams a three-point lead at the half and expect to win.”

Jennifer Jones and Shannon Birchard share a laugh during Tuesday’s win over New Brunswick. (Photo, Curling Canada/Andrew Klaver)

In other Tuesday afternoon games, Jennifer Jones of Manitoba (5-0; Winnipeg) had their first real challenge of the week but used three deuces to finally subdue Sylvie Robichaud of New Brunswick (2-3; Moncton) 7-4, Kerri Einarson and Team Wild Card (4-1; East St. Paul, Man.) scored three in the first end and stole two in the second en route to a 10-3 win over Chelsea Duncan of Yukon (0-5; Whitehorse) and Mary-Anne Arsenault of Nova Scotia (3-2; Dartmouth) scored two in the 10th to nip Kerry Galusha of the Northwest Territories (1-4; Yellowknife) 9-8. For Jones, a five-time Scotties champion, it was the first time all week she failed to score in double digit and had to play into the ninth and 10th ends. “It’s certainly not a bad thing,” second Jill Officer said of having a bit of a challenging game. “It was nice to be out there for the duration of a game, make sure the ice was staying consistent. So it’s never a bad thing to be out there for the whole time.” The 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts continues with an evening draw today at 7 p.m. PST. Live scoring, standings and statistics for the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts are available at TSN and RDS2 (streamed on ESPN3 in the United States) will provide complete coverage of the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Go to for the complete schedule. For ticket information for the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, go to This story will be available in French as soon as possible at