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Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones takes 14-1 win over Yukon team at Tournament of Hearts

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Kerri Einarson, Kristin MacCuish, Liz Fyfe
Wild card skip Kerri Einarson, left, talks to teammates Kristin MacCuish, centre, and Liz Fyfe during their 7-5 victory over Nova Scotia at the Tournament of Hearts. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press photo)

PENTICTON, B.C. — It was another dominating performance for Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones at the Tournament of Hearts.

The five-time Scotties champion scored six in the sixth end to nail down a 14-1 win against Yukon’s Chelsea Duncan at the South Okanagan Events Centre Sunday afternoon.

The Manitoba rink scored three in the first and second ends and led 8-0 after four. Yukon scored one in the fifth end.

Jones also defeated Saskatchewan 12-5 on Saturday night to begin the tournament 2-0 and says it’s important to start off with back-to-back solid performances.

“It feels good to go out there and make a lot of your shots and then it gives you some confidence,” said Jones. “You also want to have those games where it goes down to the wire and you have to make those big shots in the later ends. I know we will have those too. It’s nice to have some games that don’t go the full distance. It’s a long week.”

Jones, of the St. Vital Curling Club in Winnipeg, said her crew wants to get used to the ice, rocks and speed early in the women’s national championship, and that Sunday’s draw tested them to do so.

“We’re focusing on trying to make our shots precise and exact. Even when you have a big lead, you still want to do that.”

As a team, Manitoba shot 91 percent. Third Shannon Birchard shot 98 percent.

In Sunday’s late draws, Team Canada’s Michelle Englot (2-1) suffered her first loss of the tournament, falling 10-6 to Alberta’s Casey Scheidegger.

Englot’s Winnipeg rink is replacing defending champion Rachel Homan as the Ottawa skip prepares for the Olympic Games.

“It’s a good feeling but we don’t want to get too big of heads going,” said Scheidegger of the 3-0 record that puts her rink atop the Pool B standings. “We still have a lot of games left. We’re just trying to keep rolling and stay confident.”

Scheidegger added that her squad has a really good handle on the ice, is communicating well about paths and knowing when the ice is changing.

Englot said the game came down to a couple of shots and it was one end ( the fourth giving up three points) where they got in a little bit of trouble.

“They are good,” said Englot of Scheidegger’s rink. “They are great shooters. You know you need to play your A game as a team. We didn’t do that tonight.”

Ontario’s Hollie Duncan edged Quebec’s Emilia Gagne 7-5, leaving both skips with 1-2 records. Newfoundland and Labrador’s Stacie Curtis earned a 10-3 win over Nunavut’s Amie Shackleton (0-3). And Prince Edward Island’s Robyn MacPhee beat B.C.’s Kesa Van Osch 9-5 for her first victory.

“It was tough, we never quite figured it out,” said Van Osch. “We just didn’t feel like we were throwing well. Those games happen. Tomorrow’s another day and we will just regroup.”

Curtis joins Scheidegger atop Pool B with three wins. P.E.I. and B.C. both sit 1-2.

Wild-card entry Kerri Einarson remained undefeated in Pool A after holding off Nova Scotia’s Mary-Anne Arsenault 7-5. Einarson, who needed to beat Calgary’s Chelsea Carey on Friday night to gain entry into the main draw, scored three in the eighth end before adding a single in the 10th.

“It’s nice to get two W’s to start with. You take your losses forward so you definitely don’t want to lose any in this round,” said Einarson.

Einarson was able to secure the win with an open shot in the 10th on her final rock.

“We had control of the whole entire game,” said Einarson, adding they kept it clean throughout the last end.”

The skip from the East St. Paul Curling Club said it was a strange feeling not being sure if she would be competing at the Scotties.

“It’s so weird. Playing that game against Chelsea it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh. This is do or die. You are in it or you are not.’ To get that second chance is huge.”

Saskatchewan’s Sherry Anderson scored four in the ninth end to beat Kerry Galusha of the Northwest Territories 8-4 and New Brunswick’s Sylvie S. Robichaud had a deuce in the 10th to get past Northern Ontario’s Tracy Fleury 8-5.

Fleury and Yukon’s Duncan both sit 0-2.

The top four teams from each pool advance to the championship round.

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