Team Alberta, skipped by Julia Bakos of St. Albert and including Cochrane curler Julianna MacKenzie, remains undefeated after five matches.
Yesterday morning, Team Alberta faced off against Manitoba and held on to a firm lead established in the sixth end to win, 5-4. Manitoba opened the scoring in the first end with a single point, answered by a double from Alberta. The third end was blanked with Manitoba retaining the hammer in the fourth end, scoring the single to tie the match at the halfway mark.
Alberta scored one point in the fifth and managed to steal a double in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead with two ends to play. Manitoba took single points in the seventh and eighth, not enough to overcome the Bakos rink.
Last night, it took extra ends to solve Prince Edward Island. In the first end, Team Alberta blanked retaining the hammer and utilized it to score two points to break the ice. Team PEI answered with a deuce of their own, but Alberta took no time to answer back with another double point.
PEI went on to even the score at four points with two singles with two ends to go. Alberta managed to add two points in the seventh end, forcing their opponents to score a minimum of two in the last end to force an extra end. And this is just what Team PEI did. With the hammer in hand, Alberta went on the offense and score two points for the 8-6 victory in extra ends.
Alberta remains in a three-way tie for first with Ontario and Manitoba. Ontario and Alberta have played one game less than Manitoba.
Today, they face New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.