Homan rolls past Flaxey at Ontario Scotties

Rachel Homan at the 2015 Meridian Canadian Open in Yorkton, Sask. (Anil Mungal)

Rachel Homan’s stellar play continues at the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Brampton.

Homan climbed to a 6-0 record in the round robin with a 9-1 rout in seven ends over Allison Flaxey during Thursday’s afternoon draw.

The two-time Canadian champion Homan needed to steal a point in an extra end to top Jenn Hanna the previous evening, but was back in control against Flaxey scoring deuces in the second and fourth ends, swiping two points in the sixth and three in seven to bring out early handshakes.

Team Homan have been the top rink on tour this season winning a magnificent seven events including the Canada Cup and a record three consecutive Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles.

Homan, of Ottawa, won back-to-back national Scotties championships in 2013 and 2014 to earn the Team Canada auto-berths, but a bronze-medal finish last year meant a return to provincials this season.

Flaxey, the 2014 Ontario winner from Caledon, fell to a 1-5 record in the tournament.

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Toronto’s Cathy Auld (4-2) climbed into second place in the standings by stealing a point in the final frame to edge Jacqueline Harrison (3-3) of Niagara Falls 6-5.

While Homan and Auld are alone in first and second place, respectively, Harrison is tied with four other teams in a logjam for third place.

Jenn Hanna (3-3) of Ottawa stole three in the eighth to close out a 10-4 victory over defending champion Julie Hastings (3-3) of Stouffville.

Julie Tippin of Woodstock got the single in the extra end to beat Sherry Middaugh of Coldwater 9-8. Both rinks are among the group tied with 3-3 records.

Mallory Kean of Stoney Creek snapped a four-game slide defeating Ottawa’s Erin Morrissey 7-4. Both teams are looking to moving up in the standings with 2-4 records.

NOTES: Round-robin action continues Thursday at 7 p.m. ET at the Brampton Curling Club (watch 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.

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