Michelle Englot (Picture: Anil Mungal) opened her campaign at the SaskTour event in Swift Current with a victory against Jessica Mitchell.
By: Dylan Chenier
Team Englot picked up an early win at the SaskTel Curling Stadium SCT event in Swift Current, defeating Team Regina's Team Mitchell 6-1 in Draw 2, at the Swift Current Curling Club.
Englot's rink, with third Sara England, second Shelby Brandt, and lead Nicole Bender, opened the game with a score of one, after starting with the hammer. The team would then go on to steal one in the second end.
After forcing Mitchell to one in the third, Englot would go on to pick up a deuce in the fourth end, taking a 4-1 lead at the halfway point in the draw.
Coming back in the fifth end, it was all Englot throughout the second half of the game. The 2017 Scotties silver medalist would put up two straight steals on the board in the sixth and seventh ends, taking a 6-1 lead with just two to go.
However, Mitchell's trunk decided to call it quits in the seventh end, shaking hands and giving Englott the win.
With the victory, Team Englot now moves on to an A-Side qualifier on Saturday morning, where they will face Penny Barker's rink from Moose Jaw. Barker booked her spot in the A-Qualifier after defeating Stasia Wisniewski 7-2 in Draw 2.
A win in the A-Side qualifier would guarantee Team Englot a spot in the quarterfinals, a loss would drop them down to the B-side of the triple knockout tournament.
With their loss, Team Mitchell now moves down to the B-Side, where they will take on Lorraine Schneider's rink in Draw 3 on Friday night.
Other Draw 2 action saw Ashley Howard's Saskatoon-based rink get by Team Barber 7-6 in an A-Side round 2 matchup, while Robin Silvernagle got by Shery Just's team 6-4, also in the second round of the A-Side.
This weekend 24 women's teams are competing for a $12,000 purse, in the final event of the 2021 Sask Curling Women's Tour. The event acts as a major tuneup ahead of next month's Viterra Scotties in Assiniboia.
Teams are currently vying for one of 12 spots in the provincial championships, with four places going to teams from the SaskCTRS leaderboard, of which points accumulated in SaskTour events play a major role.
The 2021 SaskTel Curling Stadium SCT Swift Current continues through Sunday at the Swift Current Curling Club.
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