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Perfect in Penticton: Newfoundland and Labrador improves to 4-0 at Scotties

Newfoundland skip Stacie Curtis gives a high-five to sister Julie Devereaux as they and teammates Erin Porter and Erica Trickett celebrate a win over Alberta at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton, B.C., on Monday.
Newfoundland skip Stacie Curtis gives a high-five to sister Julie Devereaux as they and teammates Erin Porter and Erica Trickett celebrate a win over Alberta at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton, B.C., on Monday. - Canadian Press

Stacie Curtis rink downs Alberta 9-4, now sits alone in first place in its pool

Things have been pretty perfect so far for Stacie Curtis and her Newfoundland and Labrador rink at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Their record certainly is.

In a pairing of unbeaten teams, Curtis and her St. John’s rink of Erin Porter, Julie Devereaux and Erica Trickett defeated Alberta's Casey Scheidegger 9-5 in Monday afternoon's marquee game in Penticton, B.C.

With the result, Curtis is 4-0 and alone in first in the eight-team Pool B, with the Albertans in second at 3-1.

“It is kind of a little surreal right now,” said Curtis after the win. “We’re really excited about where we are, but we’ve still got a long ways to go.”

On Sunday evening, Curtis took in some extra practice delivering her rocks with coach Eugene Trickett keeping a close eye.

“We had a couple of games yesterday and I wasn't throwing quite as well as I wanted to,” she said.

The practice proved to be a good tune-up prior to facing Alberta — Curtis shot 91 per cent in the game, while her team was an overall 80 per cent.

The victory puts the Curtis rink on the verge of clinching advancement to the championship round, where the 16-team field will be narrowed to eight still in contention for medals.

“It’s a long week, and we have a lot more wins we have to chase and get,” said Curtis. “We’ll see when we get there."

The matchup with Alberta was N.L.’s only game Monday, but Curtis and Co. play twice today, against Team Canada and Quebec, then finishes its seven-game preliminary schedule with a Wednesday date with host British Columbia.

This is the fifth Scotties appearance — and third in a row — for the 31-year-old Newfoundland skip. Last year in St. Catharines, Ont., with the same lineup, her team was 5-6, including wins in its final three games. That means the Curtis rink is on a 7-0 win streak at the Tournament of Hearts.

That’s helped add to an already high happiness level.

“Our team dynamic is just fantastic,” said Curtis. “We continue to pick each other up and continue to believe if we don’t make the first shot perfect, we’ll make the next one.

“We’re just trying to keep the roll going … and having fun. We like to laugh, in case you hadn’t noticed.”

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With files from The Canadian Press and Curling Canada

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