|Nova Scotia skip Heather Smith-Dacey reacts to her shot as she plays Alberta at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts curling championship in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, February 24, 2011. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Heather Smith-Dacey of Nova Scotia won a tiebreaker to advance to the playoff round at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Friday.
Smith-Dacey jumped all over an erratic Kelly Scott of B.C., coasting to a 9-8 win and earning fourth place and the right to play Ontario in the three-vs-four playoff game, Saturday.
The winner of that game advances to a later Saturday semifinal.
“We’re super excited to be where we’re at,” Smith-Dacey said. “I suspect it’ll be a battle to the end.”
Scott was missing early and often, as Smith-Dacey scored two in the first end, then posted steals of one, one and two, building a 6-0 lead before the game even hit the midway point.
“Can we start over again?” is what Scott said she was thinking. “You don’t want to start like that. You’ve just got to dig deep, keep enjoying yourself and try to make a game of it.”
After adjusting to what she said was slicker, straighter ice, Scott clawed her way back into the game, trailing 8-4 after seven, 9-6 coming home.
Smith-Dacey had an easy hit to limit Scott to two points in the 10th.
The one-vs-two playoff game goes tonight, as frontrunner Amber Holland’s Saskatchewan rink (9-2) takes on three-time defending champion Jennifer Jones of Team Canada (8-3) for the right to advance directly to Sunday’s final.
The loser plays in Saturday’s sudden-death semifinal against the winner of Ontario/Nova Scotia.