VIRDEN, Man. – However today’s Scotties final between Kerri Einarson and Chelsea Carey plays out, there will be new blood representing Manitoba at the national women’s curling championships in Montreal next month.
We were watching out for them at the start of the week… we knew she’d be tough' — Chelsea Carey, on facing Kerri Einarson in tonight's final
Carey, the top seed coming into the tournament, soared past veteran Barb Spencer 8-2 in the Sunday morning semifinal. The 29-year-old Fort Rouge skip called a patient game, riding a deuce in the second and a steal in the sixth to stay ahead of Spencer all game. She then capitalized in the ninth end, scoring four points to bring on the handshakes. "It was big for us to get the steal," Carey said. "It was a really big point for us. After that, you just gotta be smart, and not leave too many rocks in play, and go from there."
Now, Carey and her team will prepare to face Einarson, the 26-year-old East St. Paul skip who hasn’t lost a game at Tundra Oil and Gas Place all week. It could be a barn-burner, a battle of two spitfire young teams who are each hungry to take their first crack at the Canadian championship – and a bright moment in Manitoban curling. "It shows a little bit of depth again, which is great," Carey said. "We were watching out for them at the start of the week… we knew she’d be tough,"
On that note, Carey did see the wild shot Einarson made to win the 1 vs. 1 page playoff against Spencer on Saturday night, a thrilling double kill that set the arena and social media abuzz, and tipped her hat. "That’s how she plays," Carey said. "She’s riding a hot hand, so why wouldn’t you try it, when she’s making all those? She made a pistol. If she makes shots like that against us, there’s not much you can do about that… all we can do is put ourselves in a good spot."
First rock between Team Chelsea Carey and Team Kerri Einarson flies at 4 p.m. in Virden tonight. The game is set to be broadcast on Sportsnet.