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Newfoundland and Labrador needs wins at the Scotties

Newfoundland and Labrador skip Kelli Sharpe releases a rock in a preliminary-round game against the Northwest Territories at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championship at Centre 200 in Sydney, N.S., on Monday. — Canadian Press photo/Andrew Vaughan
Newfoundland and Labrador skip Kelli Sharpe releases a rock in a preliminary-round game against the Northwest Territories at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championship at Centre 200 in Sydney, N.S., on Monday. — Canadian Press photo/Andrew Vaughan

Kelli Sharpe's rink is 1-3 heading into matchup against Saskatchewan this afternoon

It looks like Kelli Sharpe and her Newfoundland and Labrador rink might have to run the table in their three remaining preliminary-round games in order to advance to the medal playoffs at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championship.
Sharpe and her St. John’s-based team of Stephanie Guzzwell, Beth Hamilton and Michelle Jewer lost twice Monday in Sydney, N.S., and hold a 1-3 record in their eight-team pool.
Each of the 16 teams entered in the competition plays seven preliminary games, with the top four finishers in each pool advancing to the playoffs.
Sharpe and Co. are in seventh place in Pool B heading into today, when they have just one game, an afternoon matchup against Saskatchewan (2-2).
It’s conceivable a team could make the playoffs with a 3-4 preliminary record, but a trio of Pool B rinks — Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories and the Wild Card entry skipped by Alberta’s Casey Scheidegger — are already 3-1. What’s more, each of those teams has defeated Newfoundland this week.
On Monday morning, Galusha doubled Sharpe 8-4 in a battle of former teammates. The N.L. skip had been the third for Galusha (then Kerry Koe) on three NWT teams at the Scotties. In Monday’s late draw, Sharpe dropped an 8-5 decision to Scheidegger.
Newfoundland’s final preliminary games are Wednesday against defending champion Jennifer Jones (Team Canada) and New Brunswick. Those two rinks are 2-2 entering today.

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