SUMMERSIDE – The P.E.I. Scotties women’s curling championships is down to two teams following dramatic last end action Saturday night at the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex in Summerside.
Cornwall’s Amanda Power, after scoring a single in the 9th end to tie the game 6-6, then stole the nail-biting 10th end to defeat Melissa Morrow of the Crapaud Community Curling Club 7-6.
The disappointing defeat eliminated Morrow who entered the game with two losses in the modified triple elimination event.
The win sends Power to Sunday’s action against Jane DiCarlo of the Crapaud Curling Club with a major advantage — Power has only one loss and DiCarlo, with two losses, needs to win at 9 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. to claim the Scotties crown.
It will be the first provincial women’s title for either Power or DiCarlo. Had Morrow prevailed Saturday night, it would have seen three teams all with two losses compete in sudden-death action Sunday.
DiCarlo entered the eight team women’s championship which started Thursday with a leading 7.25 CTRS points.
In Saturday’s night’s C final action, Power had the hammer against Morrow and opened scoring with a deuce in the first end, but Morrow rebounded with a big three points in the third. Power bounced back with a pair in the 4th to lead 4-3 and stole the 5th to go up 5-3.
After blanking the 6th, Morrow took one in the 7th and stole a pair in eight to lead 6-5 heading to the 9th.
DiCarlo had won the A final to qualify for Sunday’s action while Power downed Morrow 8-2 Saturday morning to win the B final and then claimed the C final last night.
In the C semifinal Saturday afternoon, Sophie Blades of Summerside-Cornwall, gave up a pair of big ends to fall 12-4 against Power. Blades, who entered the game with two losses, gave up four in the 6th end and five more in the 8th when handshakes came out.
In the other C seminal at 2 p.m., Morrow jumped into a 5-2 lead after four ends against Tammy Dewar from Cornwall, then stole two in the 5th for a comfortable 7-2 lead. Dewar battled back with singles in six and seven but a Morrow triple in the 8th saw handshakes.
In Saturday’s 9 a.m. opening action, Blades stole five ends against DiCarlo enroute to a 9-3 win. Blades fell behind 2-0 in the first end but rallied to tie the game 3-3 at the 5th end break, and then stole six points over the next four ends as DiCarlo shook hands after nine.
The win kept Blades alive with two losses and handed her opponent her second loss.
Also at 9 a.m., Dewar made a dramatic tap back double takeout to score two in the 10th end and edge Jennie Whyte of Crapaud 7-6.
Photos from the event, taken by Mike Schut, can be viewed HERE.