TRURO, N.S. – Team Kaitlyn Jones is off to the playoff round at the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Masters.
The Nova Scotia foursome, which includes Hilden’s Karlee Burgess and Truro’s Lindsey Burgess, at second and lead, respectively, posted an upset victory over Ontario’s Rachel Homan on Friday at the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre.
Jones made a double-takeout with the final stone in the eighth end to score two and come away with a stunning 6-5 victory in front of the hometown crowd.
Team Jones, whch also includes third Lauren Lenentine, finished the round-robin with a 3-1 record to advance to a Saturday quarter-final.
“It’s pretty cool,” Karlee Burgess told Jonathan Brazeau of grandslamofcurling.com, following the game. “We’re just super excited to have the hometown crowd here. We’re kind of playing off them, they’re really loud for us and it’s been a lot of fun so far and we’re super excited to make the playoffs.”
Team Jones has been pulling off upsets all week, as the youngest team in the field picked up other preliminary round wins over Manitoba’s Kerri Einarson and Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland. Their lone loss came at the hands of Winnipeg’s Tracy Fleury on Thursday night.
Homan (3-1) has also earned a playoff berth, along with Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones and Alberta’s Casey Scheidegger.
On the men’s side, Alberta’s Kevin Koe, Scotland’s Bruce Mouat, Nik Edin of Sweden, John Epping of Ontario and John Shuster of the U.S. have nailed down playoff spots heading into the final draw on Friday.
In Draw 11 action on Friday, Halifax's Jamie Murphy defeated Steffen Walstad of Norway 9-2, while Shuster doubled Brad Gushue of NL 8-4. Regina's Matt Dunstone upended Winnipeg's Reid Carruthers 6-1 and Epping beat Edin by the same 6-1 count.