Jennifer Jones, Kerri Einarson playoff bound at Canada Cup





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The Manitoba-based teams of Jennifer Jones and Kerri Einarson both locked up playoff spots at the Canada Cup in Estevan, Sask., on Friday.

Team Jones defeated the Winnipeg-based Allison Flaxey rink 7-4 in the morning draw, and added a 9-6 victory over Casey Scheidegger in the afternoon to clinch a playoff position. Jones sits in a share of first place with a 5-1 record with one round-robin game remaining. Jones takes on Laura Walker in their final preliminary game on Saturday morning.

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Team Einarson is also atop the standings with five wins and just one loss. They beat Scheidegger 8-5 in draw 7, and then sewed up a playoff berth with an 8-5 triumph over Walker. Their final game before the playoffs is against Chelsea Carey.

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Rachel Homan currently sits in the third and final playoff position at 4-2, but Scheidegger and Carey remain in playoff contention. The Winnipeg-based teams of Flaxey (1-4) and Darcy Robertson (1-4) have both been eliminated from the playoffs.

It was a disastrous event for Reid Carruthers with Mike McEwen playing skip. They suffered losses to Matt Dunstone and Brad Gushue on Friday to conclude the round-robin without a victory. They are headed home with a 0-6 record. Brad Jacobs’ rink is the only men’s team to clinch a playoff berth so far.

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The first place team in the round-robin advances directly to Sunday’s championship game, with the second and third place finishers to meet up in Saturday’s semifinal.