CHESTERMERE, Alta. — Edmonton’s Team Kelsey Rocque scored a 7-5 victory over Team Satsuki Fujisawa from Japan to start their run at the Boost National during Draw 3 action Tuesday afternoon at Chestermere Recreation Centre.
Team Rocque will continue their quest to qualify for the playoffs through the A brackets of the triple knockout stage while Fujisawa fell into the B event.
“It feels good,” skip Kelsey Rocque said. “We had a pretty solid game as a team, so it’s nice to start off pretty strong.”
After forcing Fujisawa to a single in the first, Rocque took control scoring two in the second and steal two in the third to build a 4-1 advantage.
Fujisawa settled for another single in the fourth but stole one in the fifth to close within one.
The teams alternated deuces in six and seven with Rocque holding a one-point lead and the hammer coming home and the Alberta skip hit to add another point on the board.
“They’re a really good team,” Rocque said. “I think just our rock positioning in this game was really good and we were able to keep them chasing for a bit, which was nice.”
She added: “We couldn’t tick but Rachel made two really good ones around the centre and we were kind of set from there.”
Elsewhere in Draw 3, Winnipeg’s Team Jennifer Jones defeated Team Min-Ji Kim of South Korea 5-3 and two-time reigning Players’ champions Team Kerri Einarson of Gimli, Man., beat Sweden’s Team Isabella Wranå 6-5 in an extra end.
Regina’s Team Matt Dunstone scored three points in the eighth end to prevail 8-7 over Calgary’s Team Kevin Koe in the lone men’s game on the draw. Tyler Tardi is filling in at third on Team Dunstone this week.
TRIPLE KNOCKOUT EXPLAINED
The triple knockout consists of three brackets: A, B and C. Teams must win three games in order to qualify for the playoffs. Each loss drops a team to a lower bracket until they lose three games and are out of the tournament. Two A teams (3-0 records), three B teams (3-1 records) and three C teams (3-2 records) advance to the quarterfinals.
NO TICK ZONE
Teams cannot tick guards off of the centre line while the five-rock, free guard zone is in effect during the eighth and extra ends only.
The Boost National is the second of five events on the 2021-22 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling schedule and features 16 of the top men’s teams and 16 of the top women’s teams from around the world. … A combined $300,000 prize purse is up for grabs with the winning teams earning $33,000 plus spots in the season-ending KIOTI Tractor Champions Cup. … Triple knockout play runs through to Saturday morning. The quarterfinals and semifinals are also Saturday with both finals set for Sunday. … Tickets are available at boost.goigniter.com.