Jackson suffers loss


Kathie Jackson and her crew hope it was just a bump in the road.
The Fort Frances skip and her team of third Teresa McFayden, second Leanne Eluik, and lead Jackie McCormick suffered their first loss at the 2015 Travelers Curling Club Championships in Ottawa yesterday.
Alberta downed Northern Ontario 8-5 to leave both rinks at 3-1 and tied for second place in Pool ‘B’ of the women’s division.
B.C. (4-1) holds down first place.
Jackson’s rink seemed to be in good shape against Alberta after scoring two in the second and three in the fourth to go up 5-3.
But Alberta roared back with five unanswered points, including steals of one in the sixth, two in the seventh, and one more in the eighth.
In their first game yesterday, Jackson dumped the Northwest Territories 10-3 in six ends.
It was over early as Northern Ontario nabbed steals of five in the first end and three in the second to lead 8-0.
The Territories (0-4) came back with a deuce in the third, but Jackson took one in the fourth and stole another in the fifth to make it 10-2.
The Territories shook hands after scoring one in the sixth.
Northern Ontario faced Manitoba (1-3) earlier today, with the outcome unavailable as of press time.
Then they’ll wrap up round-robin at 6:30 p.m. (CST) against New Brunswick (2-2).
A win in either game would clinch a spot in the top four of the pool and qualify Jackson for the cross-over quarter-finals tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. (CST).
If two teams end up tied after the round-robin, the nod for the higher placing would go to the rink that won the head-to-head match-up.
But if three rinks have identical records and also split their games against each other, tie-breaker games would be needed to decide their respective places in the standings.