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McCarville steals two in 10 to capture third win

Thunder Bay rink improves to 3-2 and keeps playoff hopes alive at Roar of the Rings in Ottawa.
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Sarah Potts
Sarah Potts studies her shot on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at Port Arthur Curling Club during the Major League of Curling playoffs (Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com).

OTTAWA – Krista McCarville saved her best for last.

Likely needing to win out to secure a playoff spot at the Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic women’s curling trials in Ottawa, the Thunder Bay skip stole a pair of points in the 10th end to eke out a critical 8-7 win over Allison Flaxey.

The win improved McCarville’s record to 3-2, good for solo fourth at the event, which will determine the country’s representative at the 2018 Pyeongchang, Korea Games.

McCarville, whose team includes lead Sarah Potts, second Ashley Sippala and third Kendra Lilly, had to dig herself out of an early hole.

After blanking the opening end, Flaxey scored three in the second to go up 3-0. She led 5-1 after four and 6-2 after six.

But McCarville bounced back with two in the seventh to cut the Flaxey lead to two, then two more in the ninth to trail 7-6.

The win improved the Northwestern Ontario rink’s record to 3-2.

Alberta’s Chelsea Carey continues to lead the standings at 5-0. Rachel Homan and Jennifer Jones, McCarville’s Thursday opponent, are tied for second at 5-1.