Beaudry rink facing must-win games

Jamie Mountain

Hailey Beaudry’s Northern Ontario rink faces an uphill battle if they hope to capture the women’s title at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships being held this week in Shawinigan, Que.
The squad, hailing from the Fort William CC in Thunder Bay, compiled a 3-3 record in Pool ‘B’ during the preliminary round to advance to the championship round, but opened play there with a 7-3 loss to Quebec (5-2) to sit with a 3-4 record heading into play today.
They faced New Brunswick (5-2) this afternoon before taking on Nova Scotia (6-1) tonight.
Then they’ll wrap up the championship round tomorrow morning against Alberta (4-3).
The championship pool games, plus the won-lost record of all games from the preliminary pool, will constitute a team’s overall record.
The top team advances to Sunday’s final while the second- and third-place teams will meet in the semi-final Saturday.
Any ties for third place will be broken via tiebreaker(s).
The men’s and women’s champs advance to the world championships in Aberdeen, Scotland this spring.
Live coverage of the women’s and men’s semi-finals and finals will be aired on TSN.
Beaudry, whose rink includes fellow ex-Muskie Erin Tomalty (lead), along with Kendra Lemieux (third) and Emily Cooney (second), opened the tournament Saturday with a 13-6 loss to P.E.I.
But they rebounded with a 10-7 win over British Columbia.
Then they routed the Northwest Territories 13-2 on Sunday before falling 11-4 to Newfoundland and Labrador on Monday.
They were beaten 7-4 by Ontario on Tuesday before drubbing Nunavut 12-2 later that day to finish at 3-3, which was good enough to advance to the championship round.
In men’s play, Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan of Sudbury was leading the pack at 7-0 heading into play today.
Meanwhile, teams that didn’t qualify for the championship round are playing a seeding pool to help determine the rankings for the 2019 Canadian junior playdowns in Prince Albert, Sask.