Mackenzie Mitchell and her junior-aged team will seek their second provincial curling title in a month as they play in the final of the 2020 Scotties Newfoundland and Labrador women’s curling championship tonight at the Re/Max Centre in St. John’s.
Mitchell and teammates Katie Follett, Sarah Chaytor and Claire Hartlen were 5-0 after the preliminary round-robin of the event, finishing up with 5-4 win over the Erica Curtis rink Monday night.
The Mitchell rink, which claimed the provincial junior women’s title last month in the skip’s hometown of Corner Brook (she is a student at Memorial University), will face either Curtis, 13-time Scotties champion Heather Strong or defending provincial women’s champion Kelli Sharpe in the final, set for 7:30 p.m.
Curtis, Strong and Sharpe all finished with 3-2 record, meaning a tiebreaker process is being implemented.
Curtis will play Sharpe at 9 a.m. this morning, with the winner facing Strong in a 2 p.m. game to determine who will take on Mitchell in the final.
Strong seemed to be in line to earn that right in Monday’s late draw, taking a 6-2 lead after five ends in a game against Sharpe. But the 2019 champ battled back, scoring one with hammer in the sixth, then rattling off four stolen points in the next three ends. That left Strong needing to score one in the 10th just to force an extra end. That she did, but Sharpe got the winning point in the 11th, creating the three-way tie for second place.
All six teams in the event are based out of the Re/Max Centre. The other two entries are skipped by Wendy Dunne (0-6) and Mackenzie Glynn (1-5), who met in Monday night’s other game, which Glynn won 10-9 in an extra end.
The winner of tonight’s championship final will represent the province at the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s championship next month in Moose Jaw, Sask.