Tracy Fleury has captured the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Fleury, third Selena Njegovan, second Liz Fyfe and lead Kristin MacCuish rallied from an early 5-1 deficit and defeated Kerri Einarson 13-7 in the provincial final Sunday at the Gimli Recreation Centre.

The East St. Paul foursome got a single point in the first end but then surrendered a five-ender in the second before rallying to tie the game at 6-6 at the fifth end break.

"It's not an ideal start but if you're going to give up a big end you want it early in the game so we knew we still had lots of time to fight back and we did that," said Fleury.

Fleury stole two in the sixth and never looked back.

"I know we got a five but it was early," said Einarson who had huge support from her hometown fans all week in Gimli. "I know we had to keep at it but we just struggled with draw weight a little bit."

Njegovan, Fyfe and MacCuish captured their first provincial title in 2016 in Beausejour with Einarson throwing the last two rocks.

That team broke up last spring after spending five years together.

Einarson picked up former skips Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Meilleur while Njegovan, Fyfe and MacCuish recruited Fleury to handle their teams skipping duties.

"It's not really any different than any other team," said Njegovan when asked how it felt to beat their former skip. "I know we played together for a very long time but you have to put that stuff behind you and just focus on your new team. This is our team now. We're Team Tracy Fleury so we don't really focus on who we're playing ever anyways so this was another game - four players we were playing against."

Fleury represented Ontario at the 2012 Scotties and won the Northern Ontario women’s championship in 2015 & 2018.

Einarson bounced Darcy Robertson of Assiniboine Memorial 11-4 in the semifinal Sunday morning.

Robertson, who went undefeated in the round robin, lost back-to-back playoff games.

Fleury outscored Robertson 8-6 in the 1-2 page playoff game Saturday night.

Fleury, Njegovan, Fyfe and MacCuish will represent Manitoba at the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship in Sydney, Nova Scotia from February 16-24.

It will be Fleury’s fourth trip to the Scotties as she represented Ontario in 2012 and won the Northern Ontario women’s championship in 2015 & 2018.

Einarson will also be in Sydney as her team has already qualified for the wild card game at the Scotties.

CurlManitoba has announced that the 2020 Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts will be held in Rivers.


photo courtesy CurlManitoba

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Thursday, February 21st

WHSHL
Championship
Killarney/Wawanesa 10 Neepawa 3
(Raiders win best of 3 quarterfinal 2-0)
Consolation
Minnedosa 6 Boissevain 4
(1st game in series)

MJHL
Wpg Blues 4 Virden 2

NHL
San Jose 4 Pittsburgh 0
Washington 3 Toronto 2
New Jersey 4 Ottawa 0
Carolina 4 Florida 3
Minnesota 4 N.Y. Rangers 1
Montreal 5 Philadelphia 1
Tampa Bay 2 Buffalo 1 (SO)
Nashville 2 Los Angeles 1
Dallas 5 St. Louis 2
Edmonton 4 N.Y. Islanders 3 (OT)
Arizona 3 Vancouver 2 (OT)

NBA
Philadelphia 106 Miami 102
Cleveland 111 Phoenix 98
Portland 113 Brooklyn 99
Milwaukee 98 Boston 97
Golden State 125 Sacramento 123
L.A. Lakers 111 Houston 106

Friday, February 22nd

Tiger Hills Hockey League
West Division
Boissevain at Hartney, 8 p.m.
(Border Kings lead best of 5 semifinal 1-0)
Souris at Killarney, 8 p.m.
(Shamrocks lead series 2-0)
East Division
MacGregor at Minnedosa, 8 p.m.
(Wild lead best of 5 semifinal 2-0)

WHSHL
Championship
Rivers/Elton at Hamiota, 8:30 p.m.
(1st game in best of 3 quarterfinal)
Glenboro/Carberry/Baldur vs Major Pratt
@ Russell, 6 p.m.
(Wildcats lead series 1-0)
Consolation
Boissevain at Minnedosa, 8 p.m.
(Chancellors lead series1-0)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Southwest vs Yellowhead
@ Souris, 8 p.m.
Eastman at Wpg Bruins, 7 p.m.

MJHL
Waywayseecappo at Virden, 7:30 p.m.
Winkler at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.
Steinbach at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m.
Swan Valley at Portage, 7:30 p.m.

WHL
Saskatoon at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba at Laval, 6:30 p.m.

NHL
Columbus at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
Colorado at Chicago, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Calgary, 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at Vegas, 9 p.m.

NBA
San Antonio at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Washington at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Orlando, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at New York, 6:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Denver at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Utah at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.

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