For years, Chelsea Carey’s path to the Manitoba championship was blocked by Jennifer Jones. Now representing Alberta, Carey got the last laugh in the opening draw of the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, blasting Jones and Team Canada 12-5.
The game turned in the third end when a Jones rollout led to a steal of four for Alberta. Carey sealed the win by scoring five in the ninth.
In the evening draw Kerri Einarson made a lot of noise in her Scotties debut, crushing British Columbia 10-2. Einarson’s rink out of the East St. Paul Curling Club stole seven total points in ends 5-7 to cruise to the win.
Einarson will be back on the ice at 9:30 a.m. against Nova Scotia while Jones takes on Prince Edward Island.
In other Manitoba curling news, the skip that Einarson defeated to claim the provincial title last month is hanging up her broom. Kristy McDonald’s team announced on Twitter Saturday that she is retiring.
Breaking news! Kristy McDonald decides to hang up her shoes. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our new skipper @MichelleEnglot
— Team McDonald (@teamkmcdonald) February 20, 2016