LIVERPOOL, N.S. -- Kelsey Rocque's Alberta rink struck gold Saturday, scoring a nearly wide-open in-turn hit in the 10th end to edge B.C.'s Kalia Van Osch 7-6 in the women's final at the 2014 Canadian junior curling championships.
It was Alberta's seventh Canadian junior women's title and first since Jocelyn Peterman of Red Deer won in 2012.
'We're really excited, no kidding. It's a dream come true, for sure. It honestly hasn't hit me, and it probably won't for a couple days. It's just so surreal right now'
Rocque's rink will represent Canada at the world junior curling championships, which begin Feb. 26 in Flims, Switzerland.
"We're really excited, no kidding" said Rocque. "It's a dream come true, for sure. It honestly hasn't hit me, and it probably won't for a couple days. It's just so surreal right now."
Alberta never trailed, opening the scoring with a deuce in the third end, holding B.C. to one in the fourth, then padding its lead with a fifth-end deuce.
Van Osch struck back with a double takeout to score a game-tying three in the sixth. Alberta restored its lead with a deuce in the seventh, but B.C. came back to tie it with two in the eighth, and it could have been three, but Van Osch was heavy with her last draw.
Alberta blanked the ninth end to carry hammer into the 10th. A double peel from second Taylor McDonald kept things wide open, but Rocque missed on her first delivery, a peel attempt that left a B.C. rock in the top 12-foot. Van Osch was perfect on her draw weight, but couldn't bury her in-turn draw, giving Rocque a nearly wide-open in-turn hit for the title.
"So close," said Van Osch. "It was as close as we could make it and she made the last shot for the win, and that's all you ask for as a skip. But it was an amazing experience."
In men's play Friday, Alberta's Carter Lautner defeated Northern Ontario's Tanner Horgan 7-2 to clinch a playoff berth.
"It's fantastic. It's great to finally make the playoffs," said Alberta second David Aho.
"We still hold our destiny in our own hands. We just have to come out with two good games and we'll be right where we want to be.
"But we're where we want to be right now."
Alberta (7-3) will take on New Brunswick's Rene Comeau (7-3) in today's semifinal at Queens Place Emera Centre. The winner will meet Manitoba's Braden Calvert (9-1) in the gold-medal game later today.
-- The Canadian Press