It's a northern nightmare

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

ST. JOHN'S -- Jenn Hanna won the Ontario championship the hard way last month, and she's making life difficult on herself at the Scott Tournament of Hearts.

Just when it looked like she was getting it together at the national championship, she suffered a shocking 10-6 setback to Kerry Koe of the Territories during last night's draw at Mile One Stadium.

Shocking because the Territories doesn't win a whole lot at national curling competitions, and Hanna was expected to win last night's contest.

Plain and simple.

But Hanna and teammates Pascale Letendre, Dawn Askin and Stephanie Hanna lost and are in starting to approach the danger zone in terms of the number of losses a team can endure and still qualify for the playoffs.

Ontario is 2-3 with games today against P.E.I. and B.C.

CONTROL OWN FATE

"It would be nice to be something other than 2-3, but there are a lot of other teams below us and we still have our fate in our own hands, and we're going to come out tomorrow and fight again," said Hanna.

"One game at a time, that's it."

Hanna allowed the Territories to score a three-spot in the fourth and five points in a disastrous sixth.

"We handed them the five and we handed them the three, too," Hanna said. "What do want me to say, right? When you give up eight points in two ends, you don't win often."

Territories vice Monique Gagnier, who throws last rocks, counted the five-spot with an easy takeout of a Hanna stone after the Ottawa skip wrecked on a guard in an attempt to draw into the rings. Hanna first thought about picking out one of the Territories' rocks with a takeout shot, but opted for the draw.

"We talked about it too long and I changed my mind and I should have just gone with my first instinct."

The Territories are 3-2 and have become one of the surprise teams of the tournament.

One publication listed the squad as 100-1 longshots to win the Scott and called it "token participants."

"We're here to prove them wrong and curl like we can," said Gagnier. "We curled well to get here and we'll curl well while we're here."

Hanna began the day by stealing the 10th for a 7-6 victory over Quebec's Brenda Nicholls. Hanna buried her final stone perfectly on the button behind a long guard, and Nicholls couldn't remove it.

"In a situation like that, the best you can do is make your shot and let the other skip throw her last one," said Hanna.

Nicholls called Hanna's effort "a perfect shot."

Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton continues to lead the pack at 5-0 after wins yesterday over Newfoundland's Heather Strong and PEI's Rebecca Jean MacPhee.

Kelly Scott of B.C.and Jennifer Jones of Manitoba are at 4-1, while the Territories and Sandy Comeau of New Brunswick are at 3-2.

Comeau stole the 10th last night to beat Team Canada's Colleen Jones, the four-time defending champ, 8-7. Jones, Hanna, Alberta's Cathy King and Nova Scotia's Kay Zinck are at 2-3.


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