Morning Draw

Manitoba continued the long road back into contention after two early losses.  Team Fleury handed Ontario their first loss of the week by a score of 6-5.  Manitoba moved to 3-2 with the win and are back in the mix for the Championship Round while Team Homan dropped to 4-1. 

Jill Brothers and her team from Halifax finally got “off the shcneid” with a 7-4 win over Quebec.  Nova Scotia will need some help to reach the Championship Round, the will need to win out and hope that one of Northern Ontario, BC or Manitoba loses their two remain games to force a tiebreaker.

British Columbia lost their second consecutive extra-end game, this time to Northern Ontario, to fall to 3-2.  Sarah Wark and her team will probably feel this is a game they let get away as they had a 5-2 lead at the break before Northern Ontario got back into the game by scoring deuces in 8th and 9th ends on their way to an 8-7 win.

Alberta is the last unbeaten team at the 2019 Scotties. Chelsea Carey and her team took control of their game against Nunavut when they stole four points in the 3rd end to take a 6-1 lead. Nunavut was not able to recover from that deficit and lost their fourth consecutive game by a score of 10-5.  With the win, Alberta became the first to secure a spot in the Championship Round.

Afternoon draw

If you are the type of sports fan that enjoys pitching duels in baseball, then the PEI vs New Brunswick game on Tuesday afternoon wasn’t for you.  PEI stole five points in the 2nd end then took an 8-4 lead into the break.  Andrea Crawford made a hit and stick in the 10th to score three points and tie the game 12-12.  PEI won the game with a single point in the extra-end as the two teams set a record for most points ever scored in a single game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Continuing with the baseball analogies, the Northwest Territories and the Wild Card team were engaged in a strategic pitcher’s duel, tied 2-2 through six ends with both skips playing well and making their shots.  It wasn’t until the 7th end that Team Scheidegger took advantage of a couple of misses to score three points and take a 5-2 lead.  The Northwest Territories made it close, but Kerry Galusha was long with a draw on her last rock and the Wild Card team won 6-5.  Team Galusha dropped to 3-2 while Team Scheidegger moved to 4-1 with both teams remaining in the thick of the battle for the Championship Round.  

Saskatchewan stole the first five points they scored against Newfoundland & Labrador to take a 5-2 lead into the 5th end break and kept control throughout the second half of the game for an 8-4 win.  Team Silvernagle is now 3-2 while Newfoundland & Labrador drops to 1-4.

Team Canada took a 7-1 lead after three ends of their game against Yukon and looked like they were in the mood to make a statement after their difficult two-loss day on Monday.  However, Yukon managed to close the gap to 7-5 including steals of one in both the 5th and 6th ends but it was not enough as Canada won the game 9-7 to move to 3-2.  Team Jones played better on Tuesday afternoon with Jenn Jones being the only member of the team to shoot under 80%.  Yukon dropped to 0-5 and are one of two teams that have yet to win a game at the 2019 Scotties.

Evening Draw

It was a tough night at the office for Team Homan of Ontario, especially for Rachel Homan, who didn’t seem comfortable with the ice conditions for much of the game in a 5-3 loss to Alberta.  Chelsea Carey and her team played an excellent game, kept things open for much of the first half and took advantage of their opportunities to move to 6-0 while Ontario drops to 4-2.

Manitoba won its 4th game in a row, stealing six points in a 12-2 win over Nunavut.  Tracy Fleury will be looking to repeat her feat from last year when her Northern Ontario team lost its first two round-robin games before winning five straight to qualify for the Championship Round.  This year, Fleury’s Manitoba team lost its first two games and have now won four in a row. 

Northern Ontario took a 6-1 lead in the first half of their game against Nova Scotia and never looked back.  Team Brothers did score three points in the 6th end to get closer but Northern Ontario pulled away late for a 9-5 victory.  Northern Ontario improved to 4-2 while Nova Scotia dropped to 1-5.

For the first time this week, Sarah Wark of BC did not have her best stuff on Tuesday night, but her team was still able to pull out a 7-6 win over Quebec.  The win by BC ended a two-game losing streak and keeps them right in the mix for a spot in the Championship Round.  

Game of the Day

It wasn’t the best curling game ever but the afternoon match-up between PEI and New Brunswick was one for the record books.  The game included a steal of 5 by PEI, it had 3 three-enders including one by New Brunswick in the 10th with a measure to make sure their third stone was in the rings and Andrea Crawford’s team scored 12 points but never led the game once.  The two teams set a record for most points in a game at the Scotties and, most importantly, PEI improved to 4-1 while New Brunswick fell to 2-3.

Upset of the Day

In the grand scheme of things, a victory by the 7th ranked team in the world over the top-ranked team in the world isn’t a huge upset.  However, Ontario had been playing so well to start the week that their defeat at the hands of Manitoba in the morning draw was a bit of a surprise.  Team Fleury’s 6-5 win improved their record to 3-2 after a slow start that saw them at 0-2 after two games.  Rachel Homan struggled for the first this week, curling 10% lower then in any of her team’s games to date.

Tomorrow morning’s key match-up

The game between PEI and the Northwest Territories will be the TV game on Wednesday morning, a game that would have been on the radar of few people going into the Scotties.  However, both teams have played with PEI looking to secure a spot in the Championship Round with a win while the Northwest Territories will be looking to get closer to guaranteeing themselves of at least a spot in a tie-breaker.

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2019 Scotties – Day 4 Recap