Sweeting secures Alberta Scotties playoff spot

Val Sweeting at the 2015 Meridian Canadian Open in Yorkton, Sask. (Anil Mungal)

Edmonton’s Val Sweeting is off to the playoffs at the Jiffy Lube Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary.

The double defending champion stole four points in the final end to secure an 8-3 victory over Calgary’s Chelsea Carey in the A qualifier to advance.

After giving up a steal in the first, Sweeting scored a deuce in the second to take the lead 2-1. The two teams alternated singles in the fourth and sixth ends and again through seven and eight as Sweeting maintained the one-point advantage heading into the final end.

Carey fell to the B-side of the triple knockout bracket and will now play Edmonton’s Jessie Kaufman, who stole a point in the extra end to win 6-5 over Kelsey Rocque, also of Edmonton.

Rocque, winner of the past two world junior championships, is playing in her first Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts and is now in a must-win situation in the C bracket.

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The other B semifinal will see Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge face 2006 Olympic bronze medallist Shannon Kleibrink of Coaldale.

Scheidegger defeated Edmonton’s Nicky Kaufman 7-5 while Kleibrink beat Deanne Nichol, also of Edmonton, 7-4.

The Jiffy Lube Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts continues Friday at 9 a.m. MT. Watch the semifinal and final live Sunday on Sportsnet ONE.

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