Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 02/6/2014 5:04 PM | Comments: 0
MONTREAL — Manitoba’s Chelsea Carey is a lock for the playoffs at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, numerically clinching the advance with a nailbiter 9-8 win in an extra end over Ontario’s Allison Flaxey on Thursday afternoon.
Near the end of the game, it looked like Carey might drop it: she was down 7-5 after eight ends, and holding the hammer in the ninth. That’s not a fun place to be when it comes to scoreboard management, but the Manitoban skip threw a delicate double take-out to score three, taking an 8-7 lead.
Before the shot, she called a time-out to make the shot a team decision.
"I liked trying it, because one down coming home without, I don’t think you win that game," Carey said after. "But that has to be a team decision. I said, ‘as long as you guys are comfortable that we might lose the game on this shot,’ and they all liked it too… If you’re going to lose the game anywhere, why not lose it there?"
The Manitobans managed to force Flaxey to a single in the 10th, and then picked up their winning point in the extra end. It was one of the tightest games Carey has had all week at Scotties, but the skip was expecting it from her former high school teammate.
"We knew it would be a battle," Carey said, though she also felt her squad had a weak performance.
But was she ever tempted to tell her team’s old friend — Flaxey won a Manitoba junior championship alongside Carey lead Lindsay Titheridge, and is close friends with Manitoba second Kristen Foster — to ease up a little? After all, Ontario is already out of the playoff race.
"If I was her, I’d be trying to beat me too," Carey grinned. "I’d be disappointed in her if she wasn’t trying to beat my brains out. That’s the point. You’re friends, but you’re competing… you never lie down for somebody."
The next step for the Manitobans, with two games left in the round robin, is to jockey for a chance to land in the 1 vs. 2 Page playoff game. After Thursday afternoon’s draw, Carey sat in second place at 8-1, just underneath undefeated defending champion Rachel Homan (9-0). Homan barely survived a thrilling challenge from Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton, who fell to 7-2. Carey beat Lawton earlier in the week.
Rounding out the top four is Alberta’s Val Sweeting, who is 7-3 and desperate to win out and stay in the playoff race. Carey and Sweeting face each other on Thursday night at Maurice Richard Arena, and if Carey wins — or Lawton loses — tonight Team Manitoba will clinch second place.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Schmirler's daughter carrying on curling tradition
Cavaliers will face Pacers without James, Irving
McIlroy to miss cut at Honda Classic
Blood clots a growing trend in hockey
A-Rod shifts across the infield and works out at first base
Outfielder Juan Pierre retires after 14-year MLB career
Jays' Saunders to be back sooner than thought
Bautista says Jays will show their emotions
Clarkson never found comfort zone with Leafs
Dude, where's my car: NASCAR machine stolen before race
Boston sports stars among those with unclaimed property
Curlers not sold on new format of Brier
Testimony: Several Hernandez texts missing
Flames captain Giordano sidelined with injury
Jays say signing Santana is'no-risk deal'
De Villiers leads South Africa to big win over West Indies
B.C. hockey dad may get charged for threats to ref
Blatter wants 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18
Bellerive didn't have to go far to hone skills
Another match featuring crisis-hit Parma postponed
Sens' Andrew Hammond ends LA Kings' 8-game win streak, 1-0
Earl Lloyd, 1st black player in NBA, dies at 86