Nova Scotia rink improves its record to 10-0
SUMMERSIDE - It took Colleen Pinkney four ends to hit the scoresheet but once she did, she took control.
The Nova Scotia women defeated the Lois Fowler rink from Manitoba 7-3 in a battle for first place in the round-robin standings at the Canadian senior women's curling championship.
"We started thinking about playing Manitoba probably yesterday (Wednesday)," Pinkney said following Thursday's late draw that boosted her won-lost record to 10-0. Nova Scotia has one game left, against Newfoundland and Labrador today at 8 a.m.
The outcome of the game will not affect the standings as Nova Scotia has already secured first place.
Manitoba, in contention for first place all week, must now settle for third place. Fowler is tied with British Columbia's Kathy Smiley (9-2). Smiley gets second because of her 4-3 round-robin win over Fowler.
Pinkney took a 2-1 lead in the fourth and went up 4-2 after six. A steal of two in the seventh gave them breathing room, and the teams traded singles over the next two ends. Up 7-3 Pinkney ran Fowler out of rocks in the tenth.
Manitoba will face B.C. in tonight's 7:30 p.m. semifinal, with the winner advancing to the championship final Saturday at 2 p.m.