Overcast

Winnipeg, MB

0°c Overcast

Full Forecast

Latest News

Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

The shot heard ’round the province

Posted: 01/11/2014 11:58 AM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 01/12/2014 12:52 AM | Updates

Advertisement

  • Print
Kerri Einarson has been magical in Virden this week, running her record to 8-0 Saturday night with a beautiful shot in the 10th end.

TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES Enlarge Image

Kerri Einarson has been magical in Virden this week, running her record to 8-0 Saturday night with a beautiful shot in the 10th end. Photo Store

VIRDEN, Man. – You don’t see shots like this so often, not the stunner Kerri Einarson made, the one that stretched her dream Scotties performance to the final game.

It was a beauty, an unexpected slashed double-takeout, and the crowd that has packed Tundra Oil and Gas Place for these provincial curling championships roared. They roared for the winner — the shot lifted Einarson 6-4 over Barb Spencer, and gave the 26-year-old skip a bye to today’s final — and for the love of the game: Even Spencer’s coach, Ron Westcott, walked off the ice with a warm little smile and a bemused shake of his head. You don’t see shots like this so often.

Well, not unless you’re on the East St. Paul skip’s team. "She makes them all the time," Einarson third Selena Kaatz said, cheeks flushed from the win, their eighth straight of the Scotties. "Whenever we need her to get us out of trouble, she’s always there for us to do it, and she did it perfectly today... I knew when she put that broom down, that she was ready to throw it, and she was gonna make it."

“Whenever we need her to get us out of trouble, she’s always there for us to do it, and she did it perfectly today"

-Team Einarson third Selena Kaatz

Let’s back up, to just before The Shot, and set the stage.

It was the 10th end of a shaky Saturday night Page playoff between Einarson and veteran Spencer, and Einarson trailed 4-3 but held the hammer. That itself was a bit of a surprise: In the previous end, with the teams tied at three, Spencer planned to blank and carry the hammer into the final frame. But her last rock knocked out Einarson’s counter, then stuck in the red paint. That gave Spencer a one-point lead going into the 10th, but handed her opponent the hammer.

Still, Spencer is a veteran and she set the end up well, with two of her red rocks buried deep in the house threatening to limit Einarson to one, or even get a steal. But Einarson could see a hint of red peeking past a guard: So she pulled back in the hack, let the stone fly, and it hit perfectly. Spencer’s red flew back, ricocheted off the other counter, and both slid out the back of the house.

Team Einarson — which includes second Liz Fyfe and lead Kristin MacCuish — scored three. They pumped their fists in the air, as the crowd howled a symphony of glee.

Afterward, while the fact she’d made the final had yet to fully sink in, Einarson said she’d never made a shot quite like it to seal a win. She could have played it safe, thrown a draw and tried to steal in the extra end. It says something about the skip that she never even considered it. "I didn’t want to go into an extra," she shrugged. "I wanted to win it then. And usually, when I go with my gut, it’s the right instinct. So I did."

Now, Einarson and her freshly-assembled rink, who have been the sartorial buzz of the Scotties in their electric pink jackets, will get to sleep in a little before the final starts this afternoon. In the meantime, the semifinal game will determine who will come into the final as No. 2: It will either be Spencer, who gets a second crack, or Chelsea Carey, who pushed through three games and 11 hours of curling on Sunday to make it to the semifinal. They even had to nap on benches in the locker-rooms between games. "We always do it the hard way," the exhausted skip laughed, as the clock creeped toward midnight on Saturday.

"It’s a big grind, you just have to want it bad enough that you kind of power through it. You definitely gotta dig deep."

After a morning heartbreaker, she did. Carey fell 7-3 to Einarson in the final draw of the round-robin, which left her tied for second place in her group. So just an hour later, the top-seeded skip and her team were back on the ice to play Darcy Robertson in a tiebreaker game. That match was a cautious one, and could even have gone to an extra end. But a Robertson miss in the 10th handed Carey a stolen deuce, and punched her ticket to the Page playoff against Janet Harvey at night.

Carey won, scooping up triples in the second and fourth ends to take a commanding lead. Though Harvey pushed back valiantly, stealing two singles in a row in the sixth and seventh ends, Carey held her to a single point in the ninth and carried the hammer and a one-point lead into the 10th to seal the win.

melissa.martin@freepress.mb.ca

Watch the video below to see Einarson's winning shot.

History

Updated on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM CST: updates with full writethru

6:49 PM: Updates with write-thru after Saturday's games.

10:49 PM: Adds video.

12:52 AM: Changes photo and headline and adds full write-thru.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.