You could say Stacie Curtis and her Newfoundland and Labrador rink were robbed Monday at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
That’s because the team from St. John’s gave up seven points on steals in a 10-5 loss to Manitoba in its lone game on the third day of play at the Canadian women’s curling championship in St. Catharines, Ont.
The setback drops Newfoundland’s record to 2-2.
Curtis, third Erin Porter, second Julie Devereaux and lead Erica Trickett had engaged in some thievery of their own, stealing three points in the fifth end to take 5-3 lead into the mid-game break.
However, the Manitobans, skipped by Michelle Englot, tied the game by scoring two with the hammer in the sixth end and followed up with single steals in the seventh, eighth and ninth before closing out with two more in the 10th for a fourth win in as many games.
Monday afternoon’s game brought an end to a scheduling peculiarity that has seen Newfoundland only playing western teams. The Curtis rink, which curls out of the Re/Max Centre (St. John’s Curling Club) had opened with wins over Saskatchewan and British Columbia, then lost 5-3 to Alberta and veteran skip Shannon Kleibrink Sunday night.
Newfoundland plays twice today, facing Krista McCarville and Northern Ontario — last year’s Scotties runners-up — in the morning draw before taking on Quebec in the afternoon.