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