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Miskew rink remains in hunt for playoffs at the Scotties

Emma Miskew kept herself in the fight for the playoffs while Chelsea Carey took a body blow Tuesday at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Miskew’s Wild Card 3 rink improved to 3-3 with an easy 14-1 victory over Brigitte MacPhail of Nunavut.

Carey missed on her last rock to give up a steal of three points as her Wild Card 2 team from Regina lost 9-4 to Tracy Fleury’s Wild Card 1 team, which is being skipped by Selena Njegovan. The loss dropped Carey to 2-3.

With the top three teams from each of the two pools advancing to the playoffs, three loses could be the limit to remain in contention.

Miskew said she already may need help from other teams to advance.

“That’s what happens when you lose a couple games and all the games we lost could have gone either way,” she said. “All we can do is control what we’re doing.”

Carey and Miskew meet Thursday night in a game that could decide one of the team’s fates.

Carey stated she doesn’t pay attention to the standings or schedule.

“We don’t look at that stuff,” said the 37-year-old Winnipeg native, who won the Scotties in 2019 and 2016 skipping teams from Alberta and was third in 2014 representing Manitoba. “We’re not worried about whether or not we still have a chance or how many losses we need.

“That’s just not a helpful thing to be thinking about. We’re just grinding it out and at the end of the week we’ll take a look and see if we’re in the playoffs or not.”

In other afternoon games Sarah Hill from Newfoundland and Labrador acquired her second game of the week with an 8-5 upset of Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville. Saskatchewan’s Penny Barker used a 9-6              over Susanne Birt of P.E.I. to improve to 3-2.

Andrea Crawford of New Brunswick leads the Pool A standings at 5-0, followed by Wild Card 1, with Njegovan skipping because Fleury continues to isolate due to COVID-19, at 4-1. Northern Ontario and Saskatchewan are 3-2 with Miskew 3-3. Carey and Newfoundland and Labrador are 2-3. P.E.I is 2-4 and Nunavut 0-6.

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