Corryn Brown and her Kamloops rink took a major step toward qualifying for the championship round with an impressive 8-1 victory over Alberta's Karynn Flory on Monday night at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Women's Curling Championship in Fort McMurray, Alta.
Brown's team - it includes third Erin Pincott, second Sam Fisher, lead Sydney Fraser and coach Ken Brown - improved to 4-1 with the victory, leaving it alone atop the women's A Pool - impressive stuff for a team making its debut at the Canadian Juniors.
"I think the first days we still kind of had the rookie jitters going on, but definitely now we're a lot more comfortable," Corryn Brown said in a news release. "We're getting used to the ice, getting used to the rocks, and we've definitely improved quite a bit."
Brown's team is no stranger to big-game experience, however. This squad won gold at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, and Brown was part of a mixed team that won bronze at the 2012 Youth Winter Olympics in Austria.
Still, she had no concrete expectations coming into Fort McMurray.
"We were were hoping (for a good start), for sure, but by no means did we expect it," she said. "This is all we can ask for, to be honest. Our first goal was to make that next round; now we try to set our goals a little higher."
That was Brown's only game yesterday. She and her rink will play one game again today, this time against Nunavut's Sadie Pinksen, who is 0-5.
Manitoba's Shannon Birchard, who is from Winnipeg, leads the other pool, at 4-0.
The top four teams from each pool advance to a championship pool beginning on Wednesday. That will lead to the weekend playoffs.