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Surging Einarson rocks New Zealand at Pan Continental Curling Championships

By The Canadian Press on October 31, 2023.

Team Canada skip Kerri Einarson calls out to the sweepers while playing Nova Scotia in the playoffs at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, in Kamloops, B.C., on Saturday, February 25, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

KELOWNA, B.C. – Kerri Einarson made Halloween extra scary for her New Zealand opponents on Tuesday at the Pan Continental Curling Championships at Kelowna Curling Club.

The skip from Gimli, Man., hoarded all the tricks and treats for her surging team of vice-skip Valerie Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard and lead Briane Harris, as Canada carved up Jessica Smith of New Zealand 10-1 in six ends and improved to 3-1 in the women’s round robin standings.

Einarson scored two in the first end, gave up one in the second, then scored two, one, three and two in consecutive ends, leading to early handshakes as New Zealand slipped to 1-3.

In other early draw results, Tabitha Peterson’s U.S. crew won their fourth straight by rocking Adriana Camarena of Mexico (1-3) 10-2 in seven ends; Eunji Gim’s South Korea squad improved to 3-1 with a 9-2 win over Jennifer Westhagen’s winless Australia (0-4) team in nine ends; and Satsuki Fujisaw’s team from Japan moved to 4-0 with a 10-1 win over Cynthia Lu’s Taiwan team (0-4) in seven ends.

In Tuesday’s late draw, Einarson plays the unbeaten U.S., Australia plays Taiwan, South Korea plays Japan, and New Zealand plays Mexico.

On the men’s side, Brad Gushue of Canada (2-1) plays Riku Yanagisawa’s unbeaten Japan (3-0) squad, Rayad Husain of Guyana (0-3) plays Jongduk Park of South Korea (3-0), and Jay Merchant’s team from Australia (0-3) plays Andrew Stopera’s U.S. squad (2-1).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 31, 2023.

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