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McCarville ousted from Scotties in semifinals

Team Northern Ontario settles for bronze after last year's runner-up finish.
(Andrew Klaver/Curling Canada)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Krista McCarville's bid for the 2023 Scotties Tournament of Hearts title came to a crashing end on Sunday afternoon.

Team Northern Ontario was unable to steal away the win from three-time defending champion Kerri Einarson in the 10th end, giving up a single to send her opponent to the final with a 7-5 victory.

“It feels pretty amazing,” Einarson said after edging McCarville, lead Sarah Potts, second Ashley Sippala and third Kendra Lilly in the Scotties semifinal at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, B.C.

“We’ve worked pretty hard all week to get here.” 

Einarson, who played six-time champ Jennifer Jones in Sunday night's final, won a record-tying fourth straight national women's curling championship, beating Jones 10-4 in the final.

McCarville, who settled for bronze after winning silver last year in Thunder Bay, said it was a disappointing finish after making the 1-2 Page Playoff, only to lose 8-5 to Jones.

“Again, once again close, but not quite there,” said McCarville. “I’m proud of this team for battling and getting to the final day again in the Scotties. But of course very disappointed. One day we’re going to win, we just don’t know when."

Jones was looking to break a tie with Nova Scotia curling legend Colleen Jones, the only other curler to win four straight Scotties and six overall.

Leith Dunick

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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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