Team Birt off to a 2-0 start at Scotties (Guardian)

P.E.I. team steals the first nine points against New Brunswick on Saturday night

CALGARY, Alta. — The Suzanne Birt rink is 2-for-2 at the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

The P.E.I. representative defeated Saskatchewan’s Sherry Anderson 7-6 and New Brunswick’s Melissa Adams 12-4 in its opening two games at the Canadian women’s curling championship. The 18-team event is taking place at the Markin McPhail Centre at Canadian Olympic Park in Calgary.

(Curling Canada photo with Suzanne Birt front left)

Birt, third Marie Christenson, second Meaghan Hughes, lead Michelle McQuaid, alternate Kathy O’Rourke and coach Mitch O’Shea have one game scheduled on Sunday against Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges (1-1) at 4:30 p.m., Atlantic Time. 

Monday, P.E.I. plays Newfoundland and Labrador’s Sarah Hill (0-1) at 4:30 p.m.

Early steals

In the evening draw, New Brunswick began the game against P.E.I. with the hammer. Following a blanked first end, P.E.I. stole five in the second end, a single point in the third and three in the fourth to open up a commanding 9-0 lead.

New Brunswick scored back-to-back deuces in the fifth and sixth ends to cut the lead to 9-4. After a scoreless seventh end, and a three-ender by P.E.I. in the eighth end resulted in early handshakes.

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