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Nova Scotia’s Black steals way into final four at Tournament of Hearts

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Christina Black’s opportunistic Nova Scotia curling staff stole its way into the final four at the Canadian girls’s championship Friday.

Black gained back-to-back playoff video games by stealing a degree in an additional finish.

Her Dartmouth Curling Membership foursome eradicated three-time champion Rachel Homan of Ontario from competition with a 7-6 victory.

Nova Scotia, defending champion Kerri Einarson, Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones and Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville have been the groups nonetheless in competition at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kamloops.

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Black stole a degree within the eleventh finish to beat Kaitlyn Lawes’ wild-card staff 7-6 in a Friday morning tiebreaker.

Black’s larceny additionally received her to that tiebreaker as Nova Scotia stole one within the tenth finish the earlier night to get by Quebec 7-6.

Nova Scotia’s marathon three-game Friday ended with a 6-3 loss to McCarville, however Black continues to Saturday’s Web page playoff.

“I can barely see straight. I’m so drained,” Black mentioned. “I’m super-proud of making that recreation , first rate recreation. It was fairly laborious. We’ve been on this constructing greater than 12 hours.

“I believe we confirmed we do belong and we’re succesful of enjoying with any staff right here.”

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Nova Scotia meets Einarson in Saturday afternoon’s playoff recreation.

The winner advances to Sunday afternoon’s semifinal, with an opportunity to go to the final later that day, and the loser is eradicated.

Einarson fell 7-6 to Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones, who takes on McCarville on Saturday night. An categorical ticket to Sunday’s final is up for grabs within the Jones-McCarville matchup.

Einarson is trying to skip simply the second staff in historical past to win four straight Tournament of Hearts after Colleen Jones from 2001-2004.

Shedding to Manitoba was Einarson’s first hiccup after posting an 8-0 file in pool play.

Her staff couldn’t full the comeback after Einarson pushed a draw by the rings to surrender a steal of four within the opening finish.

“If we didn’t spot them four, I believe it’s a distinct recreation,” Einarson mentioned. “We by no means let up although. We put some photographs collectively and made them throw some extra exact photographs. We didn’t play badly.”

Her staff claimed a 3rd straight title final yr in Thunder Bay, Ont., by taking the lengthy route. They gained the Web page sudden-death recreation, semifinal and final, which Einarson now should do once more for a four-peat.

Black’s clutch attracts and finesse compelled her opposing counterparts into low share photographs on their final throws.

Black’s freeze on the button to an Ontario stone with one other Nova Scotia counter increased within the rings had Homan trying a double takeout for the win.

Homan’s try jammed and left Nova Scotia as shot stone.

“We had a double and missed it,” the Ontario skip mentioned. “We didn’t suppose it might fall that a lot there.”

Six-time Canadian champion Jones is 2 wins away from a file seventh. Manitoba gained each playoff video games Friday having ousted B.C.’s Clancy Grandy 9-4 in a sudden-death afternoon playoff.

Whereas Black brings new blood to the higher degree of Canadian girls’s curling, so does Jones. Her four new teammates this season all beneath the age of 25 reached the final four for his or her first time of their careers.

Jones employed a five-player rotation this season to play extra video games than every other girls’s foursome at 88.

“I simply was actually proud of how we performed as we speak with our backs towards the wall. I believed we performed fairly nicely,” the 46-year-old skip mentioned.

“I really feel like we’re getting higher. If you happen to’re going to have a finest day, it’s good to do it later within the week and hopefully we’ll simply hold getting higher.”

McCarville misplaced final yr’s final in her hometown of Thunder Bay to Einarson.

Northern Ontario completed pool play early in Kamloops so Friday’s win over Black was McCarville’s first recreation in 48 hours.

“We have been a bit bit anxious about that,” McCarville mentioned. “We had a observe. Not a really lengthy observe. It’s totally different if you’re enjoying video games.

“I’ve been on her aspect. I’ve had three video games in a day, hectic video games. That’s robust, too.

“We hold gaining momentum. We’re studying the ice nicely. I really feel like we’re getting our draw weight nicely.”

Black went 5-3 and misplaced within the playoffs to McCarville in her skipping debut for Nova Scotia final yr.

She’d apprenticed beneath Marianne Arsenault, who was a five-time champion front-end participant with Colleen Jones.

Black reached the Hearts semifinal enjoying third for Arsenault in 2018.

“I had three Scotties appearances with Marianne,” Black mentioned. “If you happen to’re going to study the sport from somebody, like a five-time champion, she’s superb.

“I at all times imagined myself skipping within the Scotties. As soon as she left (Nova Scotia), it was time for me to step up and skip.”

The expressive Black doesn’t cover her feelings on the ice.

“Yeah, I don’t have poker face,” the 35-year-old mentioned.

The Hearts winner represents Canada at the world championship March 18-26 in Sandviken, Sweden, and returns to the 2024 nationwide championship in Calgary because the defending champion.

The victor additionally earns $108,000 from a complete prize purse of $300,000 and is eligible for Sport Canada “carding”’ cash as half of Curling Canada’s national-team program.

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