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McCarville rink advances to Olympic trials with wild win

Things looked grim after giving up five in the second, but the veteran team tied it up two ends later and went on to a 9-6 win over Jaqueline Harrison's foursome.
Team McCarville
Krista McCarville, Kendra Lilly, Ashley Sippala and Sarah Potts have advanced to the Olympic Trials in Saskatoon. (Michael Burns/Curling Canada)

LIVERPOOL, N.S. - Call Krista McCarville the comeback kid.

For the second time on Saturday the Thunder Bay skip rallied her team back from four points down to snatch victory away from her opponent, earning a spot at the Canadian women's Olympic Trials later this month in Saskatoon.

McCarville, whose team includes lead Sarah Potts, second Ashley Sippala and third Kendra Lilly, gave up five in the second end to Jaqueline Harrison, but bounced back with deuces in the next two ends to even the score at 5-5, stole another point in fifth and grabbed two more with hammer in the seventh to put the game away.

“I don’t think we’ve ever come back from two different four point deficits in the same day,” McCarville told Curling Canada.

“There were a lot of emotions in that game. Obviously we didn’t have the best second end by giving up five, but if you’re going to give up five, you want to do it early in the game. This week has been a battle of comebacks and this is something our team is really good at.”

This will be McCarville's third Olympic trials, having qualified in 2009 and four years ago, in 2017.

“Every game we play, we want to go hard right through to the 10th end and make the skip shoot their last shot. We always have that mindset that we never give up,” said McCarville.

Earlier in the day the Northern Ontario rink rallied back from four down in the 10th in the 1-2 against Mackenzie Zacharias to win 8-7.

Harrison still has a shot at a berth at the trials, moving on to the B-side final. They'll play the winner of the B-side semifinal between Corryn Brown and Sherry Anderson.




Leith Dunick

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