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Carey takes second in round-robin, will face Homan

Team Manitoba skip Chelsea Carey delivers her rock to team Prince Edward Island during draw 17 curling action at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts competition in Montreal, Friday.

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Team Manitoba skip Chelsea Carey delivers her rock to team Prince Edward Island during draw 17 curling action at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts competition in Montreal, Friday. (GRAHAM HUGHES / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

MONTREAL, Que. – Though the road through the Scotties got a little bumpy for Chelsea Carey, at the end, the Manitoban skip clinched second place on the final day of the round robin with a 6-4 squeaker win over Prince Edward Island’s Kim Dolan.

The win wrapped a 9-2 record through the week, and booked Team Manitoba’s ticket to the coveted 1 vs. 2 game at 6:30 CST tonight, where they will face razor-sharp defending champions Team Rachel Homan.

The first time those two teams met at this Tournament of Hearts, Homan pulverized the Manitoban foursome – indeed, the Canadian champs sailed 11-0 through the round robin – but Carey, third Kristy McDonald, second Kristen Foster and lead Lindsay Titheridge, do have a winning career record against Homan’s Ontarian rink.

The second-place didn’t come easy. It seemed as if Carey had the spot locked up on Thursday night – she needed just one more win in two games, one against fourth-place finisher Val Sweeting (8-3) and the other against Dolan, who was long out of playoff contention. Winning either one would have lifted her above Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton (8-3) and clinched her second place.

But on the final draw of the round robin, both Carey and Lawton struggled against lower-ranked opponents. Carey’s game rode on her final shot in the 10th end, where she took out two of Dolan’s rocks above the button to prevent a steal, and seal the winning deuce.

Meanwhile, Lawton’s game against young Yukon skip Sarah Koltun (2-9) was also tied coming home, and Lawton also held the hammer. But she missed on her last shot, a simply open hit, which handed Koltun a steal of one, a 6-5 win, and let the 20-year-old rookie end her tournament on a winning note.

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts 1 vs. 2 game between defending Canadian champion Rachel Homan and Team Manitoba skip Chelsea Carey is set to air on TSN at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The winner will earn a berth in Sunday night’s final, while the loser will drop down to the semifinal on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Lawton and Sweeting will face each other on Saturday morning in the 3 vs. 4 Page playoff, battling to make the semifinal.

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