Jennifer Jones wins Canad Inns Women's Classic
Jennifer Jones has won the inaugural Canad Inns Women's Classic.
Jones, the 2014 Sochi Olympic women's curling gold medallist, defeated fellow Manitioban Jill Thurston, 9-4, to secure the title on Monday evening.
"It was such a great event, a great field, we really had to battle to win that game," said Jones following her win over Thurston. "Their team played outstanding and it was just one end that was the difference."
Thurston got ahead early scoring one in the first end. But Jones answered, scoring one in each of the second and third ends to take a 2-1 lead. After stealing two in the fourth, Thurston's rink tallied another in the fifth end, taking a 4-2 lead.
Jones answered by tallying two of her own with the hammer in the sixth end, tying the score at 4-4 heading into the seventh end.
Facing a crowded house in the seventh, Thurston crashed out with the hammer allowing Jones to steal two, all but sealing the fate of the match.
"We were in a lot of trouble in the seventh end. On my last shot it was either we make it and have a chance to play the eighth and if we miss it were game over," said Jones. "The girls swept it great and we were fortunate to get the steal of two."
Despite the loss, Thurston was satisfied with her rink's showing at the event.
"Were progressing and coming along. I was happy with the way we played this bonspiel and happy with the way we played (monday)," said Thurston following the loss to Jones. "We had a tough seventh end and maybe things could have been different"
Jones' team finished as the only undefeated rink in the event, with both her and Thurston having identical 5-0 records heading into the final.
Jones advanced to the final after beating Winnipeg's Kristy McDonald, 6-2. While Thurston advanced to the final by spoiling a possible re-match of the 2014 Sochi Olympic women's curling final by defeating Olympic silver medallist, Sweden's Maragaretha Sigfridsson, 10-5, in seven ends.
Jones won her quarter-final match versus the United States' Nina Roth, 9-3. While Thurston made the semifinals with a dramatic win, scoring one in the eighth end to bounce Regina's Michelle Englot, 6-5, in their quarter-final match.
McDonald beat Saskatchewan's Chantelle Eberle, 8-5, and Sigfridsson scored two in the eighth end to defeat Japan's Ayumi Ogasawara, 8-6, in her quarter-final.