Hailey Beaudry’s crew couldn’t turn late-night excitement into early-morning rewards.
The Fort Frances skip and her rink of third Nicole Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, and co-leads Tory and Anika Beaudry were dumped 10-2 in six ends by Tiana Gaudry (Thunder Bay) in the second tie-breaker at the junior women’s provincial curling championship in Sioux Lookout this morning.
Gaudry was slated to play Sudbury’s Megan Smith in the semi-final (score unavailable as of press time), with the winner advancing to face unbeaten Krysta Burns (Sudbury) in the final this afternoon.
The champion will head to Stratford for the Canadian junior championships Jan. 23-31.
Gaudry took the feet out from under Beaudry with a massive five-ender in the second end to go up 5-1.
She then put the game away with steals of three in the fifth and one more in the sixth.
Beaudry fell into a three-way tie at 4-3 with Gaudry and Camille Daly (Copper Cliff) for the third and final playoff berth at the end of round-robin play yesterday afternoon after losing 8-6 in an extra end to Gaudry, who stole two points to win the game.
With all three rinks having beaten each other once, the deciding factor as to who got the bye to this morning’s game came down to the total combined distance of each team’s pre-game closest-to-the-button shots throughout the week.
Gaudry’s group had the shortest total distance—forcing Beaudry and Daly to do battle last night in the first tie-breaker.
Beaudry and Daly went back and forth and were tied 7-7 after seven ends.
The Fort squad then scored one in the eighth and stole a key single in the ninth to go up two heading home.
Daly only could manage a single in the 10th as Beaudry held on for a 9-8 win.
Beaudry hammered Cassidy Romyn (Sioux Lookout) 11-4 in six ends earlier yesterday.
Meanwhile, the trial by fire finally ended for the Fort Frances rink of skip Ashley Payne, third Cloey Brigham (Atikokan), second Jillian Cousineau, lead Andrea Schram and fifth Katrina Slomke as they finished in last place at 0-7.
With Payne only in Grade 8 and nobody on the rink beyond Grade 10, the inexperienced crew capped its winless week yesterday by losing 14-3 to Gaudry (seven ends) and 8-2 to Romyn (eight ends).