Holland gets first defeat, remains in top spot

Saskatchewan skip Amber Holland and Ontario skip Rachel Homan laugh together at the Scotties....

Saskatchewan skip Amber Holland and Ontario skip Rachel Homan laugh together at the Scotties. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:46 PM ET

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Saskatchewan has suffered its first defeat at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, dropping a 7-4 decision to Nova Scotia, Wednesday.

Amber Holland remains in top spot, though, with an 8-1 record.

“We’ll just park it, and go on to the next one,” Holland said. “This was our four-in-a-row (without a break), so it’s nice to come out of that, even 3-1.”

Holland was a 10-2 winner over Newfoundland in the morning draw.

Nova Scotia’s Heather Smith-Dacey improves to 5-3.

Fading in the standings is Ontario’s Rachel Homan, who dropped her third in four tries, 10-6, to Manitoba (2-6).

“We’re struggling a bit,” Homan said. “It can turn around any game. We’ve got to win the next two, for sure.”

Homan is 6-3, same as Alberta’s Shannon Kleibrink, who defeated New Brunswick, 7-3.

“We had to scratch and claw for every point,” Kleibrink said. “We’re getting more and more comfortable with the ice.”

Host PEI (4-5) saw its playoff hopes fade in an extra end, 7-6 loss to the Territories.

Team Canada’s Jennifer Jones, idle this afternoon, is 6-2 after beating Ontario this morning.


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