SYDNEY, N.S. — Team Canada’s Jennifer Jones will be making an early exit at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
The six-time champion dropped an 8-6 decision to Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville on Friday afternoon at Centre 200.
Jones missed an open draw to the 12-foot that would have forced an extra end. The Winnipeg skip fell to 5-5 and will not make the playoffs at the national championship for the first time in her career.
McCarville and Team Wild Card’s Casey Scheidegger improved to 7-3 with wins. Scheidegger defeated British Columbia’s Sarah Wark 11-6.
B.C. will not advance after falling to 5-5. Wark will play Jones on Friday night.
Alberta’s Chelsea Carey improved to 8-2 after posting a 10-3 win over Saskatchewan’s Robyn Silvernagle (7-3).
Ontario’s Rachel Homan (8-2) beat Prince Edward Island’s Suzanne Birt 7-6 in an extra end in the other game to tie Carey atop the standings. Birt dropped to 6-4.
The top four teams at the end of the championship round Friday night will advance to Saturday’s Page Playoffs. Tiebreakers, if required, would be played Saturday morning.
The winner will represent Canada at the March 16-24 world women’s curling championship in Silkeborg, Denmark.
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