SEATTLE — Canada’s rough start to the Rivalry Series continues as the United States won 4-2 on Sunday for its third consecutive victory.
Hilary Knight scored two goals and notched one assist with Abby Roque and Savannah Harmon adding singles. Nicole Hensley made 22 saves in net.
Marie-Philip Poulin and Sarah Nurse replied for Canada. Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped 25-of-29 shots.
Knight scored the final two goals for the U.S. With the home side up 3-2, Knight buried the insurance goal on the power play 7:37 into the final period.
Down 3-1, Nurse scored 7:10 into the second to cut the deficit to one. Just over a minute before, Knight gave the Americans a two-goal edge with her first of the night. Roque scored 1:10 into the middle frame to give the U.S. a 2-1 advantage.
Poulin put Canada on the board 12:10 of the first period to knot the game at 1-1 after Harmon opened the scoring 40 seconds into the contest for the U.S.
The Americans won 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday and 2-1 on Thursday to kick off the Rivalry Series.
Canada edged the U.S. 2-1 for the world title in September in Denmark. The Canadians also beat the Americans 3-2 in the Olympic final in February in Beijing.
Canada went 3-1-1 against the U.S. in last season’s Rivalry Series, which was cut short by the pandemic.
The U.S. will host the fourth game of the series Dec. 15 in Henderson, Nevada. Remaining dates and locations have yet to be announced.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 20, 2022.
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The road to another Canadian women’s curling championship for both Ontario’s Rachel Homan and Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones shortened with their playoff victories Friday.
Those wins set up a Saturday meeting of two skips with a combined nine Scotties Tournament of Hearts crowns between them.
The victor banks an express ticket to Sunday evening’s final in Calgary. The loser needs to win Sunday’s semifinal to gain a rematch for the title.
Six-time champion Jones, who has said this Tournament of Hearts will be her last, beat Alberta’s Selena Sturmay 8-4.
“This was a massive game for us and we’re pretty proud of ourselves,” Jones said.
Homan extended her unbeaten run in Calgary to 9-0 with an 8-4 doubling of defending champion Kerri Einarson.
Homan beat Jones 7-5 in pool play in an entertaining bout of tight, tough shots. The skip is expecting more of the same Saturday evening.
“You know that Jones will throw everything they have at us and we’re going to have to bring more than we brought today,” Homan said.
She turned Einarson’s missed double takeouts into three points in the seventh end and stole another point in the eighth to seize control of the game.
Einarson’s bid for a record five straight Canadian women’s curling championships ended later Friday with a 9-4 playoff loss to Manitoba’s Kate Cameron. She remains tied with Colleen Jones at four consecutive Tournament of Hearts titles.
Einarson’s team from Manitoba’s Gimli Curling Club was minus regular lead Briane Harris in Calgary.
Curling Canada announced hours before the opening draw on Feb. 16 that the organization was told Harris was ineligible to compete. Neither the organization nor Einarson have provided further explanation. Alternate Krysten Karwacki drew in to play in Harris’s absence.
Cameron will face Sturmay in Saturday afternoon’s Page playoff between the third and fourth seeds with a semifinal berth at stake. Edmonton’s Sturmay beat Manitoba’s Kaitlyn Lawes 8-5 in the other late-draw match.
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Homan won the last of her three national titles in 2017. She dropped three straight finals to Einarson from 2020 to 2022 before an earlier exit last year in Kamloops, B.C.
“Last year, we lost a sudden-death elimination game and it was a tough pill to swallow, so it’s really nice to kind of have a second life now,” said Homan’s second Emma Miskew.
“It’s been a few years since we’ve won a Scotties and I feel like we’re ready.”
Homan continued to outcurl opposing skips by several percentage points Friday, with assistance from vice Tracy Fleury’s 90 per cent game.
“Rachel is playing amazing,” Miskew said. “She’s dialled right now. She can make any shot on the sheet and it’s impressive to watch.”
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Jones inched closer to a record seventh career title. The two-time world champion and 2014 Olympic gold medallist is even with Colleen Jones at six.
Jennifer Jones has soaked up her swan song by routinely returning to the arena after post-game interviews to pose for photos and shake hands with fans.
“It’s the least I can do for everything everybody has done for me,” she said. “I’ll stay until three in the morning if I have to . . . maybe if we don’t play the next morning.”
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The 49-year-old continued to produce show-stopper shots with a long raise hit to score three in Friday’s third end.
“With Jenn retiring, it’s even more just trying to enjoy the moment for her and for the four of us,’ said 25-year-old third Karlee Burgess.
The winner of Sunday’s final represents Canada at the world championship March 16-24 in Sydney, N.S., and returns to the 2025 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Thunder Bay, Ont., as defending champion.
Homan won a world title in 2017, as well as a silver medal and a bronze in two other appearances.
“We’ve put everything we can into training and trying to get back here and trying to represent Canada hopefully,” Homan said. “There’s so many amazing teams here. It’s sport. You never know what’s going to happen.
“All the amazing games we’ve had this week, I know Canada’s going to have a great representative.”
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