CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. -- Kerry Galusha dragged herself off the ice, looking very much like a lightweight who'd tangled with the heavyweight champ of women's curling.
It wasn't ice or stitches she needed, though. Just a hug.
And Jill Officer, part of the Jennifer Jones team that had just wiped the ice with her rink from the Territories, was happy to oblige.
"They just kicked my ass," Galusha said. "But I want to hug her."
Galusha and Officer may be friends from way back, but there was nothing friendly about this 12-1 beating at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Sunday.
"We were in trouble the entire game, starting from End 1," Galusha said. "I'm actually a little embarrassed to be at this level and play that bad."
This is what happens when a team from the north that might play 25 games this season has a bad game against a team that'll play 100.
While Galusha can hardly afford to travel -- it cost her nearly $1,000 just to get to her playdowns in Whitehorse -- Jones jets around the globe, from New Glasgow, N.S., to Norway and Japan -- all in the name of getting better.
"It's tough where we live," Galusha said. "You never want to use that as an excuse, but we don't curl like these girls do."
Incredibly, she'd actually defeated Jones at the last two Scotties. But there was no revenge on this day.
The five-point knockout punch came in the sixth end, and while rules forced the fight into a seventh, both corners had lost interest.
"They wanted to shake hands after six," Jones said. "They just kind of (threw) them up and down. I feel bad for them. Nothing would go their way."
Galusha, though, didn't expect Team Canada to back off.
"You're out here to kick butt," Galusha told Jones. "So that's what you've got to do. Whether you're friends or not."