PENTICTON, BC -- Manitoba's Kerri Einarson wins the Scotties Wildcard game Friday evening to book a spot into this week's main event.
Einarson with Selena Kaatz, Liz Fyfe and Kristin MacCuish defeated Alberta's Chelsea Carey 7-4 to survive the pressure-packed game.
Carey opened with a two in the first end, taking advantage of some misplaced early stones by MacCuish by using corner guards to set up a score of two. Following those early nerves, Einarson took charge and dictated the play by getting two back in the second end, then forcing the blank in the 3rd end. A great shot by Kaatz in the 4th end locked off Carey's scoring opportunity leading to a steal of two, then another brilliant chip-and-roll lead to another steal in the 5th end.
The aggressive gameplay by both teams fed into the strengths of Kaatz and Team Einarson who put pressure on the Carey back-end all night forcing them into tough shots in the first half of the game.
Another steal in the 6th end and things were crumbling for Carey, who fought back for two in the 7th end but couldn't manage any more offence get back into the game.
Einarson goes into the main-event draw and will play under the Wildcard banner. Einarson opens against New Brunswick's Sylvie Robichaud in draw 2 at 7pm PT, 10pm ET on Saturday.