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Team Northern Ontario pulls out last-shot win

Skip Krista McCarville made a come-around draw, facing a Kerry Galusha stone in the back four-foot, to edge the Northwest Territories 5-4 on Tuesday night, improving to 5-1 at the Scotties.
Krista McCarville and Team Northern Ontario are 5-1 at the 2023 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kamloops, B.C. (Andrew Klaver/Curling Canada)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Team Northern Ontario is a win away from clinching another playoff spot at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Skip Krista McCarville, facing a Kerry Galusha stone at the back of the four-foot, made a clutch come-around draw with her final shot of the match on Tuesday night, and pulled out a 5-4 over Team Northwest Territories.

“The first half of the last end went well until we had an ‘oopsie’ but that’s my job to make that last shot and I did, so I’m thankful for that,” said McCarville. “We have two more tough games and we have to play a little bit better than we did today.”

McCarville, lead Sarah Potts, second Ashley Sippala and third Kendra Lilly, will have two shots on Wednesday to join the playoff fray, with games against Yukon and Newfoundland and Labrador, two teams with a combined 2-8 record this week in Kamloops, B.C.

Galusha, who lost a heartbreaker earlier in the day to Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones, sits at 3-3 and will need help to make the playoff round. Jones is tied with McCarville atop Pool B, at 5-1, with Ontario’s Rachel Homan right behind at 3-2.

Thunder Bay’s other entrant at the Scotties, Nova Scotia’s Karlee Everist, is also in good shape heading into Wednesday’s draws.

Everist, who plays second for Christina Black’s team, helped her squad to a 9-5 win over Nunavut’s Brigitte MacPhail on Tuesday night. Team Nova Scotia is 4-2, one of five teams with two losses, with Alberta and Quebec on tap on Wednesday.

Team Canada’s Kerry Einarson has already clinched a playoff spot, downing Saskatchewan 10-3 on Tuesday afternoon to sit 6-0, the lone unbeaten team left in the field.

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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