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Scotties field down to four

The field is down to four teams at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts as the playoff round is set to begin on Saturday afternoon.

Three teams have a 9-2 record so far; Wild Card team Kerri Einarson from Winnipeg is currently in first as they have the tiebreaker in head-to-head games against the other top teams.

In second place is Manitoba's Jennifer Jones, who is a five-time Scotties winner and an Olympic gold medallist from the 2014 Games in Sochi. 

Two less-likely teams round out the top four, as Nova Scotia's Mary-Anne Arsenault is in third at 9-2 and Northern Ontario's Tracy Fleury is in fourth at 8-3.

The home-province team of Kesa Van Osch is done after the second round concluded on Friday. Van Osch was 4-3 after round robin games but went 0-4 in the second round, finishing eighth overall in the 16-team field.

All four teams will play on Saturday to determine the seeding for the semi-finals on Sunday.

Nova Scotia and Northern Ontario play at 2 p.m. to determine third place, while Manitoba and the Wild Card team square off at 7 p.m. to determine the top seed.

Einarson is pleased to be in the top spot so far, as her team didn't clinch a spot in the Scotties until Jan. 26 when they won the wild card game the night before the tournament officially began.

“Got (ourselves) into the one-versus-two game, so I’m ecstatic, I’m so excited and I have goosebumps all over,” Einarson told Curling Canada on Friday night.

Friday's three draws saw the three highest attendances so far at the Scotties. The tournament now has recorded just over 42,000 fans in the first seven days.

The semi-finals draw is at 9 a.m. on Sunday, followed by the championship draw at 4 p.m.



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