Manitoba’s Lawes squeaks into Scotties playoffs with win over Northern Ontario’s McCarville

Manitoba’s Kaitlyn Lawes claimed a Canadian girls’s curling championship playoff berth with a 6-5 win Thursday over Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville.

Lawes joins Ontario’s Rachel Homan, Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones, Alberta’s Selena Sturmay and defending champion Kerri Einarson in Friday’s spherical of six on the Scotties Event of Hearts in Calgary.

The final accessible playoff spot got here all the way down to B.C.’s Clancy Grandy (5-2) versus Manitoba’s Kate Cameron (4-3) in Thursday night’s draw.

The highest three groups in every pool of 9 superior to Friday’s playoff spherical, from which Saturday’s 4 Web page playoff groups can be decided.

Lawes was amongst 5 groups tied for third in Pool A with 4-4 information. Tiebreaker video games had been eradicated from the format this 12 months.

Head-to-head outcomes, the primary metric to resolve ties, did not produce a front-runner, so it got here all the way down to the bottom cumulative rating within the last-stone attracts that precede every recreation.

Sturmay secured first place in Pool A with an 8-5 win over B.C.’s Corryn Brown within the afternoon draw.

The host province and Einarson had been tied with 7-1 information. Sturmay earned the upper seed due to a win over Einarson in pool play. Einarson defeated Newfoundland and Labrador 12-4.

Three-time Hearts winner Homan (7-0) clinched Pool B’s high seed with a 9-3 win over New Brunswick’s Melissa Adams within the morning draw. Six-time champ Jones (6-1) ranked second after a 7-3 win over Ontario’s Danielle Inglis.

Cameron stored her playoff hopes alive with a 5-4 win over Nova Scotia’s Heather Smith forward of the night conflict with Clancy.

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New playoff format

Curling Canada has modified the lads’s and ladies’s nationwide championship playoff format for the third time in 4 years.

The highest staff in every pool crosses over to face the alternative pool’s No. 2, so Homan meets Einarson and Sturmay faces Jones on Friday afternoon. The winners advance to Saturday’s Web page playoff one-two recreation.

The losers meet the third-place groups Friday night with these winners shifting onto Saturday’s Web page three-four recreation and the losers eradicated.

The winner of the Web page one-two banks an categorical ticket to Sunday’s ultimate. The loser should win Sunday’s semifinal towards the winner of the Web page three-four recreation to earn a rematch for the title.

The winner of Sunday’s ultimate represents Canada on the world championship March 16-24 in Sydney, N.S., and earns a return journey to the 2025 Scotties Event of Hearts in Thunder Bay, Ont., as defending champion.

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