CORNER BROOK, N.L. – Defending women’s champion Alberta improved to 3-0 at the Canadian junior curling championships with a 10-3 win over Ontario in Sunday’s afternoon draw.
The Albertans broke open a tight 3-3 game through five ends by scoring three in the sixth end, and adding stolen deuces in the seventh and eighth ends before Ontario conceded.
Alberta skip Kelsey Rocque is working with a completely different lineup than the Alberta foursome that won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 world junior championship in Flims, Switzerland.
Rocque’s new team featuring third Danielle Schmiemann, second Holly Jamieson and lead Jessica Iles has been working out well so far.
“I have three great girls in front of me, so I thought we had a chance here,” Rocque said. “It’s really tough to get out of Alberta, we had to beat some really great teams there. We’re really fortunate to be here. But the girls all get along fantastic and they’re all awesome players.”
Ontario skip Chelsea Brandwood and her Hamilton rink fell to 3-1 with the loss.
In the late draws, 2013 Canadian champ Corryn Brown of B.C. improved to 4-0 and leads Pool B after downing previously unbeaten Kristen Streifel (3-1) of Saskatchewan 9-3.
P.E.I.’s Veronica Smith (2-2) was a 7-3 winner over Carina McKay-Saturnino (1-2) of the Northwest Territories, New Brunswick’s Justine Comeau (1-2) downed Nova Scotia’s Mary Fay (1-2) 8-6 and Northern Ontario’s Krysta Burns (1-2) knocked off the Yukon’s Bailey Horte (1-3) 9-3.
On the men’s side, Alberta’s Karsten Sturmay (3-0) remained unbeaten with a 3-1 win over Tyler Smith of P.E.I. The Albertans stole one in the eighth to take control, as the Islanders dropped to 1-2.
Meanwhile, Quebec’s Felix Asselin (4-0) stretched his lead on top of Pool A with an 8-2 win over Newfoundland/Labrador’s Greg Smith (1-2), the Yukon’s Joe Wallingham (1-3) hit the win column with an 8-5 triumph over Matthew Miller of the Northwest Territories (0-3) and Rene Comeau of New Brunswick scored a 9-5 win over Saskatchewan’s Jacob Hersikorn (3-1).