Newfoundland rink splits a pair of games Sunday in Montreal
Newfoundland and Labrador, skipped by Heather Strong of St. John’s, sits in second place with a 3-1 record after two days of play at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championship in Montreal.
Strong and team of sister Laura Strong, Jessica Cunningham and Kathryn Cooper split two games Sunday. In the late draw, they defeated Sarah Koltun of the Yukon-Territories 6-5. Earlier in the day, the Newfoundland representatives dropped an 8-7 extra-end decision to Allison Flaxey of Ontario.
The results leave the Newfoundland team at 3-1, tied with Val Sweeting’s Alberta rink. Defending champion Rachel Homan and her Team Canada rink out of Ontario have the only unbeaten entry after two days of play, sitting at 3-0.
In the loss to Ontario, Strong had stolen two points in the ninth end for a 7-5 lead, but Flaxey tied the scored by scoring two with the hammer in the 10th and stealing one in the 11th for win.
On Saturday, the opening day of the Scotties tournament at the Maurice Richard Arena, Strong had defeated Nova Scotia’s Heather Smith 8-5 and Allison Ross of Quebec 5-4.
Saturday was actually a three-win day for Heather Strong, who is skipping a rink at the Scotties for an 11th time; in the morning, she had won the Ford Hot Shots pre-tournament skills competition.
Noelle Thomas-Kennell is the spare for the Strong rink, which plays out of the Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club in St. John’s. Geoff Cunningham is the coach for team, which has one game today, against Kim Dolan of Prince Edward Island (9 p.m. Newfoundland time).