At St. Catharines, Ont., Curtis, Erin Porter, Julie Devereaux and Erica Trickett opened with a 7-4 victory over Saskatchewan Saturday night and followed that up with a 10-5 decision over British Columbia Sunday afternoon, a game that saw St. John’s rink score five points in the fourth end.
Newfoundland’s record dropped to 2-1 with a 5-3 loss to Alberta Sunday night, but the Curtis rink is still well-positioned, tied with four others — Team Canada, Alberta, Northern Ontario and the Northwest Territories — behind Ontario’s Rachel Homan and Manitoba’s Michelle Englot , both 3-0 and owners of the only undefeated records after two days.
This is Curtis’s fourth appearance at the Scotties, but she brings more than experience to this year’s event. She’s also packing good karma, since St. Catharines is where Curtis (then Stacie Devereaux) won a Canadian junior women’s championship a decade ago. That 2007 event was held at the same facility that houses the HeartStop Lounge at this year’s Scotties.
“You always have a good feeling going back to a place where you have had success in the past,” Curtis told curling.ca’s Cam Hutchinson.
“When we were waiting to do our march out for the opening of the HeartStop ,Julie (who was a member of the 2007 junior rink) and I actually sat down, we think, on the scoreboard where we won.”
The game against Alberta — which had former Canadian champion Heather Nedohin filling in at skip, for one game at least, for Shannon Kleibrink — was part of an early round-robin schedule that sees Curtis and her teammates facing only western provinces.
The Newfoundland rink, which features alternate Shelley Hardy and coach Eugene Trickett, takes on Manitoba this morning in its lone Monday game.