Alberta’s Carey resumes winning ways at Scotties

Albera skip Chelsea Carey watches her shot at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — Teams jockeyed for playoff positions at the Canadian women’s curling championship Wednesday as the preliminary round’s finish line loomed.

The top four teams at the conclusion of the round robin Friday morning advance to the Page playoff. Ties for fourth get solved by tiebreaker games.

Alberta’s Chelsea Carey stayed atop the standings at 7-2 despite an 11-7 loss to Manitoba’s Kerri Einarson in the afternoon draw.

Defending champion Jennifer Jones downed Nova Scotia’s Jill Brothers 7-5 to pull even Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville at 5-2. Jones and McCarville had games remaining at night.

Einarson improved to 4-3 alongside Quebec’s Marie-France Larouche.

Nova Scotia dropped into a tie a 5-4 with Saskatchewan’s Jolene Campbell, who lost 7-6 to Prince Edward Island’s Suzanne Birt.

Stacie Curtis of Newfoundland and Labrador stole a point in the 10th end to beat Ontario’s Jenn Hanna 5-4.

P.E.I. and Ontario were tied at 3-4.

Newfoundland was 3-6 ahead of New Brunswick’s Sylvie Robichaud and B.C.’s Karla Thompson at 1-6.

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