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Team Manitoba skip Chelsea Carey delivers her rock against Quebec at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal this afternoon.

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Team Manitoba skip Chelsea Carey delivers her rock against Quebec at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal this afternoon.

MONTREAL, Que. – It’s the softest part of the Scotties schedule now for Team Manitoba, and that showed this afternoon when Chelsea Carey skipped her team to a 15-3 win over Quebec’s Allison Ross in eight ends.

The Manitobans handled Quebec easily, scoring a triple in the first end, three more in the third, then stealing four points in the fourth end, stealing two singles in a row and then finally stealing three in the eighth frame. Usually, a game like that would bring on earlier handshakes, but Scotties mandates a minimum eight ends for each game.

"That’s not fun for anybody, but what can you do?" Carey said. "They were great sports about it… we tried to use it as sort of a practice, and get rock placement, and some precision and focus… so that you still get something out of it. You want to try not to lose focus. As much as you almost want them to score, you want to make shots."

With the win, the Manitobans now sit 6-1 on the week, with four games left to go in the round robin: a tilt tonight against New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford, two more games tomorrow and one last match on Friday before the playoffs begin. That’s a nice spot to be in the standings, tied for second place with Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton, right under undefeated defending champion Rachel Homan. Alberta’s Val Sweeting, 6-3, rounds out the top four teams.

Already, a few teams have been formally eliminated from playoff contention: Ross, young Yukon skip Sarah Koltun and Prince Edward Island’s Kim Dolan have only won one game each this week, and are not numerically able to reach even a tiebreaker game.

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