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Team Northern Ontario scores 2 in 10th to edge Nova Scotia at Scotties

Team Northern Ontario guarantees at least a spot in a tiebreaker with Quebec, at 7-3, controls playoff destiny
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Team Northern Ontario skip Krista McCarville in Draw 15 action vs Team Canada at the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont. (Andrew Klaver, Curling Canada).

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Krista McCarville’s Northern Ontario team is guaranteed at least a spot in a tiebreaker at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

A win against the Northwest Territories in Friday’s round-robin finale will earn them a berth in the 3-4 Page playoff against defending champion Chelsea Carey and Team Canada.

The 34-year-old McCarville on Thursday night scored a pair with the hammer in the 10th end to knock off Nova Scotia 6-4, improving to 7-3 at the national women’s curling championship.

Quebec downed British Columbia 8-5 to finish the week at 7-4, and needs a Northern Ontario loss on Friday to stay alive.

Ontario and Manitoba top the standings at 10-1 and will play in the 1-2 Page playoff.

McCarville, Sarah Potts, Ashley Sippala and Kendra Lilly took the lead in the second, scoring a pair to go up 2-0. Nova Scotia’s Mary Mattatall got one back in the third, which was erased when the Thunder Bay rink scored a single of their own in the fifth.

The two teams traded points in the seventh and eighth, Northern Ontario taking a 4-2 lead into the ninth.

However Mattatall picked up a pair in the ninth and forced McCarville to make a hit for the win in the 10th.

Earlier in the day McCarville solidified her playoff hopes, doubling up Carey, who edged her in last year's Scotties final, 8-4. 

Nova Scotia dropped to 2-8.

Friday’s final draw begins at 9:30 a.m.


Leith Dunick

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A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith has been the editor of Thunder Bay Source for 19 years and has served a similar role with since 2009. Wants his Expos back. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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