OTTAWA. – Tracey Larcoque needed an extra end, but used it wisely and is now the 2021 Everest Canadian Curling Club champion.
The Fort William Curling Club skip scored a pair in the ninth end on Saturday to edge Newmarket's Laurie Shields 7-5 to capture the women's title in Ottawa.
It was a back-and-forth match for Larocque and her teammates, Rebecca Carr, Corie Adamson and Samantha Morris.
They jumped in front with two in the second, but gave the lead back when Shields scored a deuce of her own in the third to take a 3-2 advantage.
Larocque tied it in the fourth and stole singles in the sixth and seventh to go in front 5-3. Shields tied it with hammer in the eighth to send it to an extra end.
Larocque, Adamson and Carr were part of the Northern Ontario team that competed at the event in 2019 at Leduc, Alta. The team finished with a 1-5 record, according to Curling Canada.
“We shuffled things around a bit, and we just gelled. We gained so much experience the first time. We didn’t know what we were getting into,” Larocque said. “Now we’re here, and we know we can play and not worry about all of the events and everything happening around us.”