Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta's Carey Vaults into Tournament of Hearts Final with 7-5 Win over Jones

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta's Carey Vaults into Tournament of Hearts Final with 7-5 Win over Jones

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Alberta's Carey wins way into Hearts final

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GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. - Alberta skip Chelsea Carey and third Amy Nixon have different histories at the Canadian women's curling championship. Past disappointments make them hungry to win a title together.

The host province will play for a Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship on Sunday in Grande Prairie, Alta.

Alberta downed defending champion Jennifer Jones 7-5 in Friday's Page playoff between the top two seeds from the preliminary round.

Nixon was Shannon Kleibrink's third when they lost the 2008 final to Jones in Regina.

"I am so excited to get a chance to play in it again because I got too tight in 2008," Nixon said. "I have way more experience behind me now than I did then. So I'm just going to bring it all."

Carey skipped Manitoba to a 9-2 record two years ago in Montreal. Her team lost the one-two Page playoff game and then the semifinal.

"It really hurt not to be in that final," the Alberta skip said.

Carey, Nixon and front end Jocelyn Peterman and Laine Peters were a new team this season. Carey took over at skip when former Canadian champion Heather Nedohin decided to step back from the sport.

"It's sort of surprising to be honest with you," Nixon said. "Chelsea and I have come together in a way I wouldn't have anticipated back in September. I can't say how impressed I am with the four of us tonight for that kind of a game."

Alberta shooting accuracy as a team was 92 per cent to Jones's 80.

With the exception of Jones's three-pointer in the ninth, Alberta controlled the game. The Calgary rink scored two in the first, fifth and eighth ends and stole a point in the sixth en route to victory.

When Carey doubled off a pair of Jones counters with her first shot in the 10th, it negated any chance of a steal of two for Jones, so she shook hands.

Jones drops to Saturday's semifinal to face the winner of the afternoon playoff between Kerri Einarson of Manitoba and Northern Ontario's Krista McCarville.

Jones and second Jill Officer have 12 years of playoff experience at the Tournament of Hearts behind them, including five wins. Lead Dawn McEwen was in on four of them and third Kaitlyn Lawes one. …

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