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McCarville 3-0 at Northern Ontario provincials

Defending champion posts second shutout in three games as she seeks a 10th berth at the Scotties.
Ashley Sippala throws a shot at the Port Arthur Curling Club. (Leith Dunick,

KENORA — Shutouts aren’t exactly common in the curling world.

In three matches this week at the Northern Ontario provincial curling championships, Krista McCarville, Sara Potts, Ashley Sippala and Kendra Lilly have recorded two.

The latest came at the expense of Thunder Bay’s Jennifer Briscoe foursome, who fell 10-0 to the nine-time provincial champion McCarville, who needed just six ends to put the game away, improving to 3-0 in the round-robin portion of the event.

The 40-year-old McCarville opened with a single in the second end, then stole one in the third, and three in each of the fourth and fifth, closing with a steal of two more in the sixth.

The Thunder Bay rink is one of two unbeaten teams remaining in the seven-team tournament, joined by Stratton’s Jackie McCormick.

McCormick edged Sudbury’s Krysta Burns 9-8 in an extra end in Thursday’s morning draw, improving to 2-0. Burns, who needed to rally on Wednesday night from a 6-1 deficit, dropped to 2-1.

McCarville and McCormick meet on Thursday night in Draw 6 play at the Kenora Recreation Centre.

On the men’s side, Kory Carr found the win column, downing fellow Thunder Bay skip Dallas Burgess 11-6, scoring four in the ninth to break open a 7-6 contest. Next up for Carr is Chris Gilbota of Sault Ste. Marie. Carr has one loss, a 5-4 defeat on Wednesday at the hands of Sandy MacEwan, in the triple knockout format.

Brian Adams Jr. also picked up his first win of the week, knocking off Kenora’s Ryan Meadows 6-4. Adams foursome will take on Kenora’s Michael Szajewski on Thursday night.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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