Krista McCarville is one win away from a clean sweep and a trip to Sault Ste. Marie after Saturday’s 1-2 page playoff game at the Scotties at the Port Arthur Curling Club.
McCarville and her teammates Kari MacLean, Ashley Miharija and Tara George won the afternoon match 6-5 against Sudbury’s Tracy
Horgan, her 10th straight win, including a perfect 9-0 round robin performance.
The Thunder Bay skip said her rink played well Saturday and that she’s pleased that they’ve skipped the semi-finals.
“It went the way we wanted. We wanted to be up one with hammer in the last end and we were,” said McCarville. “I didn’t have to shoot my last rock which was a bonus.”
After a blank first end, McCarville took the lead over Horgan with two points in the third and maintained it for the rest of the game. Horgan took two in the ninth to bring the match to 6-5 after McCarville couldn’t clear Horgan’s rock. Although she said it was frustrating to miss a shot, McCarville said giving up the points meant having the hammer in the final end which is what she wanted.
McCarville, who’s getting over a cold, said her team won’t be doing anything different in their routine before Sunday’s 2 p.m. final, her third match against Horgan, who won Saturday night's semifinal 7-3 over Jacqueline Harrison.
The Thunder Bay skip said she wants the team to just keep winning.
“I think we’ll just have a good rest tonight and good breakfast tomorrow,” McCarville said.
One thing that has been different for the rink, winners of three of the past four provincial championships, is having a hometown crowd cheering for them.
With Saturday’s crowd rattling cowbells and
doing the wave, McCarville thought she might be a little more nervous playing
in front of so many supporters, but she hasn’t felt the butterflies yet.
“I thought I’d feel more pressure because we’re from Thunder
Bay and there are so many fans cheering for us but I don’t feel that way,” said
She added the crowd just wants her rink to do their best.