Tracy Fleury, Selena Njegovan, Liz Fyfe and Kristin MacCuish are one way from a trip to the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship.

The East St. Paul foursome defeated Darcy Robertson of Assiniboine Memorial 8-6 in the 1-2 page playoff game Saturday night at the 2019 Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

“It’s really exciting,” said Fleury shortly after handing Robertson her first loss in Gimli. “Really proud of the team. They’ve played really well all week and hopefully we can keep it going with one more tomorrow.”

Robertson will face Kerri Einarson of Gimli Sunday at 9 a.m. in the semifinals with that winner taking on Fleury in the championship game at 3 p.m.

The number one seed beat two-time provincial junior champion Abby Ackland of Assiniboine Memorial 6-4 in the 3-4 page playoff game.

“It was a battle out there,” Einarson said. “Abby’s team made a lot of nice shots and so did she when she came down to some pressure shots and she made them. You can’t take that away from them.”

“You always want to have close games and have that pressure going into the final two games,” added Einarson. “It’s great to have a nice close game.”

Ackland won her final three round robin games and then beat clubmate Beth Peterson 6-4 in a tiebreaker to get into the playoffs.

“It was a great experience overall,” said Ackland. “We came into it expecting to go 5-2 or hoping to go 5-2 and we accomplished that and we got to the playoffs which is really good for my first Scotties. It was a really great experience. We’re going to take a lot of knowledge from this experience and just work with that and try to get better.”

 
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The 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts All-Stars
Brook Jones (Interlake Spectator), Darcy Robertson, Hailey Ryan, Shannon Birchard & Kristin MacCuish

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Saturday, April 20th

NHL
Western Conference
St. Louis 3 Winnipeg 2
(Blues win best of 7 quarterfinal 4-2)
Dallas 5 Nashville 3
(Stars lead series 3-2)
Eastern Conference
Washington 6 Carolina 0
(Capitals lead series 3-2)

MMJHL
Pembina Valley 9 St.James 5
(best of 7 final tied 1-1)

Major League Baseball
American League
Toronto 10 Oakland 1
New York 9 Kansas City 2
Boston 6 Tampa Bay 5
Texas 9 Houston 4
Seattle 6 Los Angeles 5
1st game: Minnesota 6 Baltimore 5
2nd game: Minnesota 16 Baltimore 7
Chicago at Detroit (ppd)
National League
St. Louis 10 New York 2
Arizona 6 Chicago 0
Pittsburgh 3 San Francisco 1
Miami 9 Washington 3
Milwaukee 5 Los Angeles 0
Philadelphia 8 Colorado 5
Cincinnati 4 San Diego 2
Interleague
1st game: Cleveland 8 Atlanta 4
2nd game: Atlanta 8 Cleveland 7

NBA
Eastern Conference
Philadelphia 112 Brooklyn 108
(76ers lead best of 7 quarterfinal 3-1)
Milwaukee 119 Detroit 103
(Bucks lead series 3-0)
Western Conference
Denver 117 San Antonio 103
(series tied 2-2)
Houston 104 Utah 101
(Rockets lead series 3-0)

Sunday, April 21

NHL
Eastern Conference
Toronto at Boston, 2 p.m.
(Maple Leafs lead best of 7 quarterfinal 3-2)
Western Conference
San Jose at Vegas, 6 p.m.
(Knights lead series 3-2)

Major League Baseball
American League
Kansas City at New York,12:05 p.m.
Minnesota at Baltimore, 12:05 p.m.
Chicago at Detroit, 12:10 p.m.
Boston at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.
Houston at Texas, 2:05 p.m.
Seattle at Los Angeles, 3:07 p.m.
Toronto at Oakland, 3:07 p.m.
National League
Washington at Miami, 12:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.
Los Angeles at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m.
New York at St. Louis, 1:15 p.m.
Arizona at Chicago, 1:20 p.m.
Philadelphia at Colorado, 2:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at San Diego, 3:10 p.m.
Interleague
Atlanta at Cleveland, 6:08 p.m.

NBA
Eastern Conference
Boston at Indiana, 12 p.m.
(Celtics lead best of 7 quarterfinal 3-0)
Toronto at Orlando, 6 p.m.
(Raptors lead series 2-1)
Western Conference
Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 2:30 p.m.
(Warriors lead series 2-1)
Portland at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.
(Trail Blazers lead series 2-1)

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