Ontario upset twice at Scotties

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:41 PM ET

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — The 'Sault City Funk' has afflicted another frontrunner this week.

Ontario's Krista McCarville, who went to bed on top of the women's curling world Tuesday night, awoke to the same nightmare that plagued Team Canada's Jennifer Jones on Monday.

Like Jones, the McCarville squad suddenly lost the ability to make clean shots and read the ice as it dropped two straight games at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. First, Manitoba's Jill Thurston clobbered McCarville 10-5. Then, Sharon Cormier of the Yukon/Northwest Territories upset Ontario 7-5 at the Essar Centre.

McCarville emerged from the ice wondering where the bus that hit her was.

"Yeah, I'd like to forget about it, for sure," she said. "It seemed like everything went wrong. We couldn't get anything around the corners and it was like a struggle just to get a point on the board, and we just kept giving up steals."

Now, the team that had been riding the waves of emotions of leading the pack all week was planning to figure out what went so terribly wrong Wednesday night.

"Definitely, we have meetings, talk about what went wrong, how to fix it and just try to think of the things that we learned (Wednesday), and re-group for (Thursday)," said McCarville, who dropped into third place with a 6-3 record.

"We're still in the hunt and we have two big games (Thursday) so, we have to forget about it and just shake it off and move on," she said. "We just didn't have a good day."

Cormier had also upset Team Canada on Monday and she was relishing every moment of it.

"We're very happy … It's fun," said Cormier. "(We're) not surprised at all, actually. I believed we could play up to any of these teams and I've said that right from the beginning — that we throw two rocks, just like they do, each per end and as long as we keep it close, we have a chance to win those games."

Although second Megan Cormier (her daughter) and lead Danielle Ellis are competing in their first Hearts, Cormier told them just to relax and have fun before facing the first-place team.

"We did, for sure," she said. "That was our goal. We have to play all the leaders within the next day and a half so we said, 'Wow, we could make it interesting.'"

They already have.

Thurston crept into the top four with a 5-3 record when she upended Ontario.

"We had to win so I think we got fired up before the game and we just played pretty good," said Thurston, who was playing Cormier Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, P.E.I.'s Kathy O'Rourke rebounded from a Tuesday-night loss to McCarville to clock Quebec's Eve Belisle 7-3 and move into a first-place tie with Team Canada at 6-2.

"We knew (Wednesday) night, we just weren't on our game and we weren't making really any shots," said O'Rourke, who was playing Jones in another first-place showdown last night. "This morning, we had a little meeting and just said, 'Why don't we just throw one rock at a time and try to make one shot at a time?' When you do that, it's amazing what happens."

In another game of note, Saskatchewan's Amber Holland kept her playoff hopes alive by winning two straight games and sits in fifth place at 5-4.


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