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Newfoundland and Labrador won't make playoffs at Scotties

Ontario skip Rachel Homan (left) calls out instructions to her sweepers as Newfoundland and Labrador skip Stacie Curtis (centre) and third Erin Porter look on during their game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont., on Wednesday.
Ontario skip Rachel Homan (left) calls out instructions to her sweepers as Newfoundland and Labrador skip Stacie Curtis (centre) and third Erin Porter look on during their game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont., on Wednesday.

Newfoundland and Labrador is officially out of playoff contention at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Stacie Curtis and her rinkmates from St. John’s were already teetering on the elimination line at the Canadian women’s curling championship entering Wednesday. What’s more, they had the daunting task of trying to stay in contention by beating first-place Rachel Homan on Ontario, a former Canadian women’s champion, a defending Scotties winner Chelsea Carey and Team Canada.
As it turned out, Homan and her teammates left Curtis and Co. clinging to the edge with a 6-3 win in afternoon play. Then, Carey pushed them all the way over with an 11-5 decision in the night-time draw.
That left Curtis, Erin Porter, Julie Devereaux and Erica Trickett with a 2-6 record, their six losses coming consecutively. They have three games left, including matchups with the Northwest Territories and P.E.I. today.
Ontario is undefeated at 9-0 and has clinched a berth in the Page playoffs. So has 8-1 Manitoba, while Team Canada (7-1) is guaranteed at least a spot in a tiebreaker.

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