Homan, Harrison to face in Ontario playoffs

Rachel Homan at the 2016 Meridian Canadian Open in Yorkton, Sask. (Anil Mungal)

It was a race to the playoffs during the final round-robin draw at the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Brampton.

Ottawa’s Rachel Homan (8-1) had already locked up the top playoff seed heading into Friday’s action but the other three spots were still up for grabs.

Jacqueline Harrison (6-3) and her Mississauga-based rink secured their place in the page 1 vs. 2 game with an 8-3 win over Julie Hastings and her team from Thornhill.

Harrison opened with the hammer but didn’t get the blank and hit and stuck for a point. She forced Hastings to draw for a single in the second and looked to make a tap to score three in the third, however, her last rock overcurled but still counted for two.

Hastings settled for another single in four and Harrison scored a deuce in the fifth to make it 5-2 heading into the break. Facing at least three counters in six, Hastings made a brilliant in-off shot with her last to get a single, but Harrison scored three in the seventh and the teams shook hands.

Hastings, the reigning champion, had already been eliminated after the previous draw and heads home with a 3-6 record.

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Ottawa’s Jenn Hanna and Julie Tippin of Woodstock meet in the page 3 vs. 4 game after both teams also finished with 6-3 records. Harrison held the edge in the standings with a better cumulative draw-to-the-button total.

Hanna picked up a 9-5 victory over Mallory Kean (2-7) of Stoney Creek while Tippin earned a 7-2 win over Ottawa’s Erin Morrissey (2-7).

Sherry Middaugh (5-4) of Coldwater handed Homan her lone defeat of the round robin 9-5 but it wasn’t enough for the five-time Ontario champion to advance.

Allison Flaxey (3-6) of Caledon picked up a 10-6 win over Toronto’s Cathy Auld (4-5).

NOTE: The page 1 vs. 2 playoff takes place Saturday at 2 p.m. ET and the 3 vs. 4 game goes down at 7 p.m. ET at the Brampton Curling Club. Watch the action live on Rogers TV Sports+. … The winner of the event will represent Ontario at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts running Feb. 20-28 in Grande Prairie, Alta.