A Tuesday turnaround for Strong and Co.

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Newfoundland and Labrador scores two big wins

They're still on the outside when it comes to playoff hopes, but Heather Strong and her Newfoundland and Labrador rink at least remain in the neighbourhood at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women's curling championship after a couple of wins Tuesday in Victoria, B.C.

Strong and her St. John's rink of Cathy Cunningham, Laura Strong and Peg Goss defeated Alberta 8-6 and Prince Edward Island 9-3 Tuesday to improve their record to 3-4. What's more, the victories came against teams that were ahead of Newfoundland in the standings, giving Strong's team even more incentive in the chase.

Newfoundland and Labrador skip Heather Strong (centre), third Cathy Cunningham (left) and second Laura Strong discuss an upcoming shot against Alberta during the morning draw at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women's curling championship in Vi

They're still on the outside when it comes to playoff hopes, but Heather Strong and her Newfoundland and Labrador rink at least remain in the neighbourhood at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women's curling championship after a couple of wins Tuesday in Victoria, B.C.

Strong and her St. John's rink of Cathy Cunningham, Laura Strong and Peg Goss defeated Alberta 8-6 and Prince Edward Island 9-3 Tuesday to improve their record to 3-4. What's more, the victories came against teams that were ahead of Newfoundland in the standings, giving Strong's team even more incentive in the chase.

The St. John's rink is tied for seventh place with Ontario and New Brunswick, and only the top four finishers make the playoffs. However, there are three teams - Alberta, P.E.I. an Sakatchewan - tied for fourth at 4-3.

Marla Mallett of B.C. leads at 6-1, followed by defending champion Jennifer Jones and Team Canada, who are at 5-2 along with Quebec's Marie-France Larouche.

Strong could make things even tighter with a couple of wins today - Team Canada and Quebec will be her opponents.

Tuesday's big upset came in the late draw, when Kelly Galusha of the Territories defeated Jones 10-8, handing the defending Scotties and world champion her second loss of the day.

Galusha, who is 22 weeks pregnant, kept pace with Jones from the outset, building leads of 4-1 and 6-4 before Canada rallied. Jones gave her Winnipeg rink the lead with a single in the eighth before Galusha took two in the ninth to build a 9-8 advantage.

Facing multiple Canadian stones in the house in the 10th, Galusha executed a perfect play off her own stone to edge out Jones for shot rock.

Jones attempted to bump one of her own rocks into the Territories' stone with her final shot, but she was wide right.

Organizations: Team Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, Quebec Victoria Canada Ontario New Brunswick Alberta Winnipeg

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