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, February 16th

SEMHL
Quarterfinals
Morden 6 Altona 3
(Redskins lead best of 5 series 2-1)
Portage 7 Notre Dame 2
(series tied 2-2)

MJHL
Wpg Blues 8 Winkler 4
Dauphin 2 Steinbach 1
Virden 5 Neepawa 3
Swan Valley 6 Waywayseecappo 3

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Yellowhead 5 Pembina Valley 4 (OT)
Wpg Wild 6 Central Plains 2 
Wpg Thrashers 9 Kenora 2
Southwest 5 Wpg Bruins 4 (OT)
Brandon 8 Norman 4
Parkland 4 Interlake 1

Hockey Manitoba
Senior AAA Championship
Ste. Anne 5 Norway House 2
(1st game in best of 3 semifinal)

WHL
Brandon 6 Prince Albert 3

NHL
Ottawa 4 Winnipeg 3 (OT)
Philadelphia 6 Detroit 5 (OT)
Calgary 5 Pittsburgh 4
St. Louis 3 Colorado 0
Tampa Bay 3 Montreal 0 
Arizona 2 Toronto 0 
N.Y. Islanders 5 Edmonton 2 
Carolina 3 Dallas 0 
Columbus 5 Chicago 2
Vegas 5 Nashville 1
San Jose 3 Vancouver 2
Boston 4 Los Angeles 2

Sunday, February 17th

MFMHL
Pembina Valley at Wpg Avros, 1:15 p.m.
(best of 5 quarterfinal tied 1-1)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Pembina Valley vs Yellowhead
@ Morden, 2:30 p.m.
Central Plains at Wpg Bruins, 12:45 p.m.
Eastman at Kenora, 2:30 p.m.
Southwest vs Interlake
@ Teulon, 2:30 p.m.
Brandon vs Norman
@ Thompson, 1:30 p.m.
Parkland at Wpg Wild, 12:30 p.m.

MJHL
Pembina Valley vs River East
@ Wpg, 3:30 p.m.

Hockey Manitoba
Senior AAA Championship
Ste. Anne vs Norway House
@ Sagkeeng, 7:30 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 3 semifinal 1-0)

AHL
Manitoba vs Milwaukee
@ Wpg, 2 p.m.

NHL
N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh, 11:30 a.m.
St. Louis at Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Buffalo at New Jersey, 5 p.m.
Philadelphia at Detroit, 5 p.m.
Montreal at Florida, 6 p.m.
Washington at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

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