Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 01/12/2014 3:32 PM | Comments: 0
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.
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.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Carruthers back in hunt with big win
Fry wants lasting legacy
Stakes raised for Brier's Battle of Alberta
Rocque stays perfect at junior worlds
Ottawa will host 2017 Roar of the Rings
Ottawa named host city for 2017 Canadian Curling Trials
Brier victory good as gold
Manitoba earns first win just in time
Rocque improves to 2-0 at world juniors
Gushue, Nichols reunite to chase Brier title
Manitoba starts uh-0 and 2
Brier in Calgary has a freshmen feel
Canadian men open junior event with win
Manitoba lead walks off with Brier prize truck
Carruthers? Win? Yeah, right
Curlers not sold on new format of Brier
Schmirler's daughter carrying on curling tradition
Changing roaring game's landscape
Yukon downs P.E.I. in pre-qualifying at Brier
Five things about the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier
Stoughton steps away
Jeff Stoughton says he won't curl next season, is stepping away from the game
A quick look at the 2015 Brier field
Canada tops Carruthers in Brier opener