Knezevic steals win from Van Osch at BC Scotties

Patti Knezevic represented B.C. at the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

Defending champion Patti Knezevic of Prince George stole a point in the final end to edge Kesa Van Osch of Nanaimo 5-4 during the opening draw of the B.C. Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Tuesday night in Coquitlam.

Elsewhere, two-time Canadian champion Kelly Scott of Kelowna picked up a 6-3 victory over Diane Gushulak of New Westminster.

Victoria’s Sarah Wark overcame a late rally from Vancouver’s Amy Gibson by scoring a deuce in the extra end to win 9-7. Wark led 7-2 after six until Gibson charged back scoring two in the seventh followed by single steals in three consecutive ends to force the extra frame.

Karla Thompson fended off Amanda Russett 8-5 in a match-up between Kamloops-based rinks.

Round-robin action continues Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT.


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Nova Scotia

Six-time Canadian champion Colleen Jones opened the Nova Scotia Scotties Tournament of Hearts with a 10-2 rout in six ends over Julie McEvoy in her hometown of Halifax on Tuesday.

Halifax's Jill Brothers also picked up a big win defeating Colleen Pinkney of Truro 10-3 in Draw 1 action.

Defending champion Mary-Anne Arsenault earned a 9-5 victory over Christie Gamble in an all-Halifax rink match.

Emily Dwyer defeated Theresa Breen 7-4 in another battle between Halifax-based teams.

Round-robin action continues Wednesday at 8 a.m. AT.


Quebec

Defending champ Lauren Mann of Montreal split her pair of games Tuesday at the Quebec Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Valleyfield.

Mann beat fellow Montreal skip Camille Lapierre 8-5 in the morning and lost 9-6 to Quebec City's Roxane Perron (2-2) during the afternoon draw.

Both Mann and Lapierre top the round-robin standings with 2-1 records.

Marie-France Larouche of Levis earned her first win of the tournament defeating Helene Pelchat of Valleyfield 7-5. Both teams have 1-2 records.

Larouche, a six-time provincial champion, lost to Perron 9-7 in an extra end during the morning draw.

Round-robin action continues Wednesday at noon ET.