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McCarville advances to Northern Ontario final, Bonot to semifinal

Nine-time provincial champion is a win away from a 10th Scotties Tournament of Hearts berth.
Sarah Potts
Lead Sarah Potts of Thunder Bay watches a shot on Friday, Jan. 31, 2019 during the Northern Ontario Men's Curling Championship at the Nipigon Arena. (Leith Dunick,

KENORA, Ont. -- Krista McCarville is a win away from a 10th berth at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

McCarville survived a Saturday evening scare on Saturday night against Jackie McCornick in the 1-2 Page Playoff at the Northern Ontario provincial women's curling playdowns at the Kenora Recreation Centre, advaincing with a 7-4 win to Sunday's championship match.

McCormick will take on Sudbury's Krysta Burns in Sunday morning's semifinal, the winner to meet McCarville in the final. Burns ousted Bella Croisier in the 3-4 Page Playoff. Croisier is the lone team to beat McCarville this week.

McCarville, Sarah Potts, Ashley Sippala and Kendra Lilly opened a 2-0 lead with a pair in the third, after the two teams blanked the opening two ends. However, McCormick stormed back wtith two in the fourth to tie the match.

McCarville, who curls out of the Fort William Curling Club, scored a single in the fifth and stole one in each of the sixth and seventh to open a 5-2 lead. McCormick wasn't ready to give up just yet, and had a chance to score three to tie in eighth, but had to settle for two, giving Team McCarville the hammer back. McCormick, who hails from Stratton, had a shot to force her opponent to one in the ninth, but couldn't complete the double takeout and McCarville was left with a draw for two to restore her three-point advantage. 

McCormick was run out of rocks in the 10th, but gets a second chance to advance to the final on Sunday.

Her brother, Trevor Bonot, will need that second chance, after dropping a 9-6 decision to Sandy MacEwan in the men's 1-2 Page Playoff. Bonot, who hadn't lost until Saturday night, missed a hit-and-stick in the fifth and gave up a steal of four that all but sunk his chances at the automatic berth in Sunday's finale.

Instead he'll take on Tanner Horgan in the semifinal. Horgan ended thunder Bay skip Kory Carr's Brier hopes with a 9-3 win in the C-side final, to advance to the semifinal,scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The women's final is slate for 3 p.m., with the men's final going at 7 p.m.


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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