Canadian Junior Curling Championship
SOREL-TRACY, Que. - Ontario's Rachel Homan blasted through her final draw to finish undefeated in the round-robin at the Canadian junior curling championship, and has earned a direct berth into Sunday's final.
Homan's rink obliterated Prince Edward Island 12-3 in the final draw Friday, counting three in the seventh and ninth ends to seal the rout. Ontario was a perfect 12-0 to finish atop the standings.
It has been more than 20 years since a women's team has won the title after finishing with a perfect record. Manitoba's Cathy Overton was the last, going 11-0 at the event in Winnipeg, in 1989.
Northern Ontario's Kendra Lilly finished second (9-3) to advance to the semifinal on Saturday. Trish Paulsen (Saskatchewan), Nadine Chyz (Alberta) and Dailene Sivertson (British Columbia) finished in a three-way tie for third place, with 8-4 records. Chyz and Sivertson will meet in the first tiebreaker on Saturday, with the winner advancing to play Paulsen in the second tiebreaker.
On the men's side, Manitoba's Alex Forrest booked passage into Sunday's title game with a 10-2 record. Ontario's Jake Walker finished second with a 9-3 record, and eliminated Brett Gallant, the defending champion from P.E.I,. with an 8-3 win on Friday.
Walker will face Saskatchewan's Braeden Moskowy in Saturday's semifinal.