Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Northern Ontario's McCarville Steals into Hearts Final with 7-5 Win over Jones

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Northern Ontario's McCarville Steals into Hearts Final with 7-5 Win over Jones

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Northern Ontario steals into Hearts final

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GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. - A pair of heists by Northern Ontario's Krista McCarville put her Thunder Bay team in the final of the Canadian women's curling championship.

McCarville stole a combined seven points in two comeback wins Saturday, including a 7-5 semifinal victory over defending champion Jennifer Jones.

McCarville, third Kendra Lilly, second Ashley Sippala and lead Sarah Potts will face Alberta's Chelsea Carey for the title Sunday at this year's Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

"It's my dream come true to win a Scotties and I just really hope that dream comes true tomorrow," McCarville said.

The winner represents Canada at the women's world championship March 19-27 in Swift Current, Sask., and also returns to the 2017 Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont., as Team Canada.

The host province posted a 9-2 record in the preliminary round. Carey's Calgary team downed Jones in Friday's Page playoff between the top two seeds to gain a direct ticket into Sunday's final. Northern Ontario went 7-4 to claim the fourth and final playoff berth.

Of the eight women playing for the crown Sunday, only Alberta lead Laine Peters has won a national title before with Heather Nedohin in 2012.

Third Amy Nixon was Shannon Kleibrink's vice when they lost the 2008 Scotties final to Jones. Alberta second Jocelyn Peterman made her Hearts debut this year.

McCarville and Sippala lost the 2010 semifinal when they represented Ontario. A Northern Ontario entry was added to the Canadian women's championship in 2015.

McCarville's foursome out of the Fort William Curling Club led this year's tournament in stolen ends with 22. They established a reputation for scrambly wins early in the tournament by stealing two points in the 10th and the extra end against Nova Scotia.

They were down four points to Alberta in their preliminary-round meeting, but still made Carey throw her last shot for a 9-8 victory.

Northern Ontario took their thieving to new heights in Saturday's playoff game against Manitoba and the semifinal.

Trailing Jones 4-2 after five ends, McCarville stole a point in the sixth, scored one with hamer in the eighth, stole a deuce in the ninth and stole another single in the 10th. …

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