Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tippin Secures Pool A, Howard Remains Perfect at Road to the Roar Pre-Trials

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tippin Secures Pool A, Howard Remains Perfect at Road to the Roar Pre-Trials

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Tippin secures Pool A at curling pre-trials

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SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Julie Tippin of Woodstock, Ont., locked up first place in Pool A with a 6-5 win over Tracy Fleury of Sudbury, Ont., on Friday at the Road to the Roar Olympic curling pre-trials.

Tippin drew for the winning point in the 10th end, securing Pool A with a 4-2 record while knocking Fleury (2-4).

"We're so relieved, it's nice to have that done," said Tippin, who won't see action again until the first round of the playoffs Saturday. "We were going to be in quite a mess of a seven-way tie, so we're so thrilled. Both teams came out and played incredible games, everyone on the ice. It was just a well-played game."

The seven-way tie was avoided with the Tippin win, but it still left five 3-3 teams -- Edmonton's Kelsey Rocque, Halifax's Theresa Breen, Calgary's Nadine Scotland, Winnipeg's Shannon Birchard and Shannon Kleibrink of Okotoks, Alta. -- and just two available playoff spots.

Rocque was awarded second in the pool based on her 3-1 record in head-to-head encounters between the tied teams.

Scotland beat Breen 9-5 in a tiebreaker while Birchard stole one in the 11th end to edge Kleibrink in the other Friday night tiebreaker.

One tiebreaker is required in Pool B after four teams tied with 4-2 records -- Krista McCarville of Thunder Bay, Ont. and Briane Meilleur of Winnipeg advanced to the semifinals while Kerri Einarson of East St. Paul, Man., and Sherry Middaugh of Coldwater, Ont. play their tiebreaker on Saturday morning.

McCarville and Meilleur both had 2-1 records within the pool of tied teams. McCarville beat Meilleur in the round robin to earn first place.

Glenn Howard, a four-time Canadian champion from Tiny, Ont., improved to 6-0 with a 4-3 extra-end win over John Morris of Vernon, B.C., and clinched first place in Pool A. …

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