Silvernagle wins in extra end, sets up match with Homan

The Robyn Silvernagle team continued their winning ways at the Meridian Canadian Open on Thursday.

Their 8 a.m. matchup with the Nina Roth rink from the USA couldn’t have been any closer. Silvernagle took leads of 3-0 and 4-1, but the Roth team scored two in the sixth and then tied the game with two in the eighth, for a 5-5 score going into extra ends.

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Fortunately for Silvernagle, she had the hammer in the crucial ninth end. It came down to a pressure-packed last rock: on her final shot, Silvernagle took out a Roth stone and scored four to win the game 9-5.

“You always just want to have a shot at the end to win,” said Silvernagle, who is happy with the way her team has played in the two games so far.

“We're playing really well, I think were figuring out the ice really well, mapping rocks, doing all that really, really well.”

A big boost for Silvernagle’s team has been playing in front of their home fans in North Battleford. Those fans let out a large cheer when Silvernagle made the extra-end takeout to win the game.

“It’s been absolutely incredible playing in front of your home crowd. The crowd has been just so awesome and receptive and were taking it all in,” said Silvernagle.

The Silvernagle team now is one win away from securing a spot in the playoff round, but their next match will be an imposing one: against the team of Rachel Homan which currently leads the Pinty’s Cup standings.

Homan won her 8 a.m. game against Darcy Robertson 6-3, setting up the match with Silvernagle at 3 p.m. today.

Other action saw Anna Hasselborg defeat Chelsea Carey 7-3, Silvana Tirinzoni over Isabella Wrana 6-4, and Laura Walker over Elena Stern 7-5.

Action was set to resume at 11:30 a.m. at the Civic Centre with the first TV games of this Pinty’s Grand Slam event, as Sportsnet begins its live coverage starting today.    


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