Things are going well for Corryn Brown's Kamloops rink at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian junior curling championships in Fort McMurray.
So well, in fact, that the B.C.-champion rink already has guaranteed itself of at least a tiebreaker in the 14-team women's side. The top three teams in the championship pool will move into the playoffs, and Brown can finish no lower than in a tie for third.
Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher and lead Sydney Fraser are 7-1 after a pair of Wednesday victories, the first day of the championship pool. The B.C. champions were 5-1 in Pool A, and carried over the strong play into the eight-team championship pool.
Brown opened Wednesday with a 10-8 victory over Quebec's Sarah Dumais, a victory that was secured when Brown scored four in the 10th end. Dumais missed on her final stone, allowing Brown to hit for four, and the victory.
"That team (Quebec) deserved to win that one," Brown said in a news release. "We didn't. The way we played, it was totally their game, but we came out on top. We just weren't getting our shots in the right spots, ever. We were really fortunate."
There was no good fortune last night, only strong play as Brown defeated Nova Scotia's Mary Myketyn-Drischoll 8-2 in eight ends. Brown sealed the victory with a steal of three.
Things will be getting a lot tougher for Brown today. The Kamloops rink is scheduled to play Manitoba's Shannon Birchard, who is 8-0, and Ontario's Jamie Sinclair, who is 7-1.
B.C., Manitoba and Ontario comprise the top three teams in the standings - in fact, only Yukon's Sarah Koltun, at 5-3, has a chance at forcing a tiebreaker. Yukon is scheduled to play Manitoba and Quebec today.
With two victories today, Brown will clinch first overall and book a trip to Sunday's final. The second- and third-place rinks will play in a Sunday semifinal.
The winner of this week's championship will represent Canada at the world junior championship, which is scheduled for Feb. 28 to March 10 in Sochi, Russia.
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