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Quebec rallies late to steal a win from P.E.I.’s Birt rink at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Skip Suzanne Birt releases a shot while lead Michelle McQuaid, left, and second Meaghan Hughes are ready to sweep during the P.E.I. women’s curling championship in O’Leary recently. The Birt rink is representing P.E.I. at the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championship in Calgary this week.
Skip Suzanne Birt releases a shot while lead Michelle McQuaid, left, and second Meaghan Hughes are ready to sweep during the P.E.I. women’s curling championship in O’Leary recently. The Birt rink is representing P.E.I. at the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championship in Calgary this week. - Jason Simmonds
CALGARY, Alta. —

It was not the finish the Suzanne Birt rink was hoping for in Draw 6 of the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Sunday.

The P.E.I. representative led Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges rink 6-2 after eight ends, before dropping an 8-6 decision.

Quebec scored four in the ninth end with the hammer to tie the game 6-6 and then stole a deuce when Birt’s draw attempt on the game's final shot rubbed a Quebec rock that counted as second shot.

The result leaves both teams with identical records of 2-1 (won-lost) in the Canadian women’s curling championship. The 18-team event is taking place at the Markin McPhail Centre at Canadian Olympic Park in Calgary.

Birt, third Marie Christenson, second Meaghan Hughes, lead Michelle McQuaid, alternate Kathy O’Rourke and coach Mitch O’Shea have one game scheduled on Monday against Newfoundland and Labrador’s Sarah Hill (2-0) at 4:30 p.m., Atlantic Time.

Against Quebec, Birt jumped out in front with a three-ender in the third end after the first two ends were blanked. Quebec closed to within 3-2 in the fourth end.

There was no scoring in the fifth end, and Birt counted a deuce in the sixth end and a steal of one in the eighth end to open up a 6-2 advantage.

Lead Michelle McQuaid and second Meaghan Hughes each curled 79 per cent to lead P.E.I.

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