ST. JOHN'S -- It's early in the tournament and Jenn Hanna has lost four games at the Scott Tournament of Hearts, a position in which few teams would like to be.
But the Kanata curler was in a joking mood about her status after beating B.C. yesterday afternoon.
"This is my comfort zone -- four losses," she said with a chuckle.
Just last month, Hanna won the Ontario women's championship with an improbable run of eight straight victories after dropping four of her first five games.
But here at the national championship, the competition is tougher and it's going to take another string of wins for Hanna to reach the playoffs. Bottom line is another loss would likely mean elimination for Team Ontario.
Hanna began yesterday's action with a thud, dropping an 8-4 decision to P.E.I.'s Rebecca Jean MacPhee, but rebounded in the afternoon by handing B.C.'s Kelly Scott her second loss with an 8-3 win, perhaps the best performance by Ontario here.
The victory gave Hanna's squad from the Ottawa Curling Club a 3-4 record.
"That team out there was the team I saw at the provincials, and that's the team that wins most games," she said.
Hanna meets New Brunswick's Sandy Comeau and Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton today and completes the round-robin Thursday against Alberta's Cathy King and Nova Scotia's Kay Zinck.
"Five losses would probably still have a chance at a tiebreaker," said Hanna. "I figured coming into this that four losses would get you in."
The loss to P.E.I. was tough because Hanna thought her team played well, but their opponents were better.
"They were on fire. They missed nothing," she said.
They had a chance to regroup during lunch before the B.C. game.
"This field is deep, this field is incredibly strong," Hanna said. "Every team is good, so you have to bring your best game every game. If you don't, you probably lose."
They played much better against B.C. Hanna made an open hit for three in the fifth end to take a 4-2 lead, then stole a single in the sixth and swiped another deuce in the seventh.
"We got some lucky breaks that we hadn't been getting so far this week, making the doubles, making the rolls," said Hanna.
Meanwhile, four-time defending champion Colleen Jones handed Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton her first loss, scoring a 7-3 decision yesterday afternoon to improve to 4-3.
Manitoba's Jennifer Jones is tied for the lead with Lawton at 6-1 after sweeping her games yesterday over New Brunswick and Quebec's Brenda Nicholls.