Fleury continues win streak to book playoff spot at Olympic curling trials

Fleury continues win streak to book playoff spot at Olympic curling trials

The playoff picture started to come into focus Thursday at Canada’s Olympic curling trials.

Round-robin leaders Brad Gushue and Tracy Fleury posted victories to secure berths for weekend play. Gushue moved to 6-1 with a 10-1 rout of Tanner Horgan and Fleury remained unbeaten at 6-0 with an 11-7 win over Laura Walker.

Fleury can lock up the first seed in the women’s draw on Thursday evening with a win over Casey Scheidegger.

Rachel Homan beat Jennifer Jones 7-5, Krista McCarville edged Kelsey Rocque 8-7 and Scheidegger topped Jacqueline Harrison 7-6 in morning play at SaskTel Centre.

WATCH | Fleury defeats Walker to secure playoff spot:

Undefeated Tracy Fleury books a spot in Olympic curling trials playoffs

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Tracy Fleury scored a pair of triples on the way to defeating Laura Walker’s rink 11-7 to improve to 6-0 and book a spot in the playoffs at the Canadian Olympic curling trials in Saskatoon, Sask. 0:39

Jones remained in second place at 5-2 and McCarville was in third spot at 4-3.

The top three teams in the nine-team standings will advance.

Kerry Einarson and Scheidegger were at 3-3 while Walker, Homan and Harrison were clinging to faint playoff hopes at 2-4. Rocque fell to 1-5 and will not make the cut.

In the other afternoon men’s games, Brad Jacobs picked up a key 8-2 victory over Kevin Koe to move into sole possession of second place. Jacobs improved to 5-1 and Koe fell into a third-place tie with Mike McEwen, who beat John Epping 6-2.

Jason Gunnlaugson nearly scored three to force an extra end but a measure confirmed a deuce in a 7-6 loss to Brendan Bottcher.

Epping fell to 3-3 and Gunnlaugson was 2-4. Bottcher (2-5), Horgan (1-5) and the idle Matt Dunstone (1-5) have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Tiebreakers (if needed) and semifinals will be played Saturday and the finals are scheduled for Sunday. The Beijing Games are set for Feb. 4-20.

WATCH | McEwen capitalizes on Epping’s struggles:

McEwen defeats Epping at curling trials

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Team Epping struggled Thursday at the curling trials as Team Mike McEwen took advantage claiming a 6-2 win. 0:56

Published at Thu, 25 Nov 2021 19:22:44 +0000