The morning draw on Day 3 of the 2019 Scotties produced the first big upset of the week as Team Birt of PEI defeated the reigning Canadian and World champions by a score of 8-6. It certainly wasn’t a game that either team will put on their highlight reel as each team stole 4 points including PEI stealing two points in each of the 3rd and 4th ends to take a 6-2 lead. Jennifer Jones continued her early struggles in Sydney, curling 58% on Monday morning.
Team Saskatchewan have certainly turned things around since their nervous start on Saturday evening. Robyn Silvernagle and her team won 8-6 game against a tough Wild Card team in a game that was tight throughout. Both the Wild Card team and Saskatchewan are now 2-1.
New Brunswick got its first win of the 2019 Scotties, defeating Yukon 12-4. Andrea Crawford’s team broke the game open by scoring four points in the 7th end then stealing four more in the 8th end. With the win, New Brunswick moved to 1-2 while Yukon dropped to 0-3.
The Northwest Territories were in control throughout their game against Newfoundland & Labrador, taking an early 3-0 lead and ultimately winning by a score of 8-4. Kerry Galusha’s team from Yellowknife moved to 2-1 while NL dropped to 1-2.
The headline game of the afternoon draw was a battle of unbeaten team as Alberta played BC. Chelsea Carey and her team could not shake their opposition as BC skip Sarah Wark made shot after shot to keep her team in the game. BC scored two points in the 10th end to force an extra but Alberta was able to open the front of the rings in the 11th giving Chelsea an open hit for one and the win.
Manitoba continued their comeback from an 0-2 start on the weekend, defeating Nova Scotia by a score of 9-4. It has been a difficult week for the team from Nova Scotia, they drop to 0-4 as their skip Jill Brothers continues to struggle with an illness that has temporarily taken much of her voice.
Northern Ontario moved to 2-2 with a 9-3 win over Nunavut in a game where Northern Ontario took control after scoring four points in the 7th end. Team McCarville moved 2-2 while Nunavut fell to 1-3.
Meanwhile, the top-ranked team in the world breezed to a 12-2 win over Quebec, improving their record to 4-0. Rachel Homan and her team from Ottawa stole four points in the 2nd end to take a commanding 6-0 lead and never looked back. It will be a big day for Ontario tomorrow as they play Manitoba in the morning and Alberta in the evening.
When Jennifer Jones discusses her legendary career with her grandchildren several years from now, it’s unlikely that she will bring up the date of February 18th, 2019. The reigning Canadian and World champions not only lost their morning game to PEI but lost their evening game to Andrea Crawford of New Brunswick by a score of 8 to 7. It was a bad day at the office for Jones who curled 58% in the morning and 63% in the evening.
After their big win over Team Canada in the morning draw, PEI started slowly in their evening game against Yukon, falling behind 3-1. Team Birt rallied with a three-ender in the 5th end then took control of the game with steals in the 6th and 7th on their way to an 8 to 4 victory. PEI moves to 3-1 and Yukon drops to 0-4.
The Wild Card team scored a three-ender in the 8th end of their game against Newfoundland & Labrador to secure an 8-5 win. Team Scheidegger moved to 3-1 while Newfoundland & Labrador fell to 1-3.
The Northwest Territories scored three points in the 9th end to pull away from Saskatchewan. The 9-4 victory by Team Galusha moved the team to 3-1 while Team Silvernagle drops to 2-2.
Game of the Day
The game of the day was the afternoon match-up of unbeaten teams when Alberta defeated BC by a score of 9-8. It was a game where the middle of BC’s lineup struggled somewhat but skip Sarah Wark made several key shots to keep her team close. The game came down to an extra-end where Chelsea Carey made an open hit for the victory.
Upset of the Day
The upset of the day was not one game but a combination of Team Canada’s two games. Rarely do we see Team Jones struggle in consecutive games the way they did on Monday. They played better in their evening game against New Brunswick but fell behind 8-3. It took a three-ender in the 9th end to make the game seem closer than it actually was as New Brunswick closed things out in the 10th for an 8 to 7 win.
Tomorrow morning’s key match-up
The key match-up of Tuesday morning’s draw will be Ontario versus Manitoba. Team Homan will try to remain undefeated while Manitoba will look to win their third straight game after starting the week at 0-2.