Shannon Kleibrink’s team from Okotoks has advanced to the Jiffy Lube Alberta Scotties playoffs in St. Albert, Alta., after holding on in the extra end to edge Calgary’s Geri-Lynn Ramsay 7-6 Thursday night during the A final.
Two-time national champion Heather Nedohin subbed in at skip as Kleibrink, a four-time provincial winner and 2006 Olympic bronze medallist, is battling a back injury and has been in and out of the lineup during the event.
Team Kleibrink stole three points in the eighth end to grab a two-point lead. Ramsay settled for a single in the ninth and swiped one in the 10th to tie it and force the extra.
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Ramsay drops to the B semifinals of the triple knockout preliminary round and will face recent Canadian Open winner Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, who slipped past Edmonton’s Holly Baird 5-4 during the evening draw.
Elsewhere, Calgary’s Nadine Chyz defeated Jodi Marthaller of Lethbridge 7-3 on the other side of the B bracket. Chyz meets Edmonton’s Val Sweeting after the three-time Alberta champion scored a 7-4 win over Kalynn Virtue of Lethbridge.
NOTES: Triple knockout preliminary action resumes Friday with one team from the B side and two from the C side joining Kleibrink in the page playoffs. … The winner will represent Alberta at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts running Feb. 18-26 in St. Catharines, Ont. … Calgary’s Chelsea Carey is not on hand to defend the title as her crew received the Team Canada auto-berth as the reigning national champions. … Watch live coverage of the Jiffy Lube Alberta Scotties Sunday on Sportsnet starting with the semifinal at 1 p.m. ET.