She's still rockin'

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:23 AM ET

ST. JOHN'S -- Holy Hanna, what a roll. Jenn Hanna's team from the Ottawa Curling Club advanced to the semi-final at the Scott Tournament of Hearts after winning three sudden-death games yesterday at Mile One Stadium.

They eliminated Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton 10-4 in a Page Playoff game last night to complete an incredible day.

It began with a 5-3 win over Alberta's Cathy King in the morning, and continued in the afternoon with an 8-5 victory over New Brunswick's Sandy Comeau, who ousted Team Canada's Colleen Jones in the other tie-breaker.

"I think what it really is, is putting it all out there every single game," said the 25-year-old skip from Kanata after vacating the ice following her third win of the day.

"It's playing like there's no next game. I go out and throw every shot like it might be the last one I throw here, because I don't want to have any regrets going home."

Ontario meets Kelly Scott's team from B.C. this afternoon (2:30 p.m., CBC) in the semi-final.

'PRETTY SOLID'

"Those girls are looking pretty solid out there, so we're going to have to bring our 'A' game," said Scott, the 1995 world junior champ, who lost 8-7 to Manitoba's Jennifer Jones in the other Page Playoff game.

The victory for Jones advanced the Manitoba team into tomorrow's final (12:30 p.m., CBC).

Hanna's team was outstanding in all three games yesterday, and have become the fan favourites here in Newfoundland with their gutsy shotmaking.

In the afternoon draw against New Brunswick, the crowd roared its approval when Hanna took control and broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh with a double kill to score three.

The team called a timeout to discuss the options prior to the shot, which included throwing the big-weight double or a safer draw for one.

Hanna thought her coach and father, Bob Hanna, would try to talk her out of throwing the double attempt.

"But he came up to us and said, 'You do what you feel is right,' " she said.

Last night's game against Saskatchewan began with great shots made by both sides, and it appeared to be one of those games that would be decided on which team made the first mistake.

Lawton made that first blunder in the third.

Facing four Ontario stones in the house but needing a relatively easy draw to the eight-foot to get a point, Lawton's stone wrecked on a rock in front of the rings to give Hanna a big steal and a 5-1 lead.

STARTLING MISS

"I think she had to hit half of the eight-foot, maybe, and I thought she'd make that," said Hanna. "I couldn't believe it.

"It was sort of like my stomach went up to my throat."

The big end was set up by Ontario vice Pascale Letendre, who made two good shots and curled at 89% during last night's game.

Hanna beat B.C. 8-3 on Tuesday during the round-robin.

"It's a tough road, but if you can make it through this way, you've got huge momentum on your side," said Hanna.

"It will be a difficult game (today), too, and we have to keep playing well."


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