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McCarville falls behind early, can't catch Einarson at Scotties

Team Northern Ontario will look to get back on track on Sunday against a 2-0 Saskatchewan squad.
Team Northern Ontario, Fort William Curling Club, Thunder Bay, skip Krista McCarville calls to her sweepers in draw three action. The 2024 Scotties.(Andrew Kivner/Curling Canada)

CALGARY – It wasn’t Krista McCarville’s best night in her long history at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

After blanking the opening end and retaining hammer, McCarville surrendered a steal of three to Kerri Einarson’s Team Canada.

The same Kerri Einarson who has won four straight national women’s curling championships.

Though McCarville did manage to battle back to twice close the gap to one, a steal of one with hammer in the ninth turned a 6-4 contest into a 7-4 Team Canada lead, and Einarson ran the Thunder Bay foursome out of rocks in the 10th to preserve their second victory in as many outings.

“Obviously we need to play a little better than we did tonight,” McCarville said after the match, as reported by Curling Canada.

“We struggled with the ice, we struggled picking up on that. We need to pick up on that quicker, and they did and I think that was the difference. It changes every day so you want to learn it faster than they do, that’s key. 

“We seem to fight back really well. We’re a team that doesn’t give up. We just need to play a little more sharp.” 

McCarville, lead Sarah Potts, second Ashley Sippala and third Andrea Kelly, slipped to 1-1, with Saskatchewan upstart Skyler Ackerman on deck on Sunday afternoon.

Ackerman gave up four to Manitoba’s Kaitlyn Lawes on Saturday night, but rallied back for an 8-6 win and a 2-0 record.

Lawes, considered a contender before the Scotties began, fell to 0-2. In other Draw 3 action, British Columbia improved to 1-1 with a 12-4 win over Newfoundland and Labrador, and Alberta rolled over Prince Edward Island 8-3.

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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