CHESTERMERE, Alta. — Tracy Fleury’s team from East St. Paul, Man., and Silvana Tirinzoni’s Swiss squad kept their unblemished records intact at the Boost National leading into Saturday evening’s semifinals.
Both teams qualified for the playoffs through the A-side of the triple knockout stage at 3-0 to secure the top seeds and picked up additional wins in the afternoon women’s quarterfinals at Chestermere Recreation Centre.
Fleury, who won the Masters two weeks ago, fended off Edmonton’s Team Laura Walker 7-5 and Tirinzoni ousted Team Alina Kovaleva from Russia 5-3 in a repeat of last season’s world championship gold medal match.
The world No. 1 Team Fleury will now face Edmonton’s Team Kelsey Rocque, who bounced Team Isabella Wranå from Sweden 7-5. It’ll be the first semifinal for Rocque in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series.
The two-time reigning world champ Tirinzoni takes on Team Anna Hasselborg of Sweden after the defending champions scored two points in the eighth end to edge Ottawa’s Team Rachel Homan 8-7.
The men’s quarterfinals featuring Team Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., vs. Scotland’s Team Ross Whyte, Sweden’s Team Niklas Edin vs. Switzerland’s Team Peter de Cruz, Scotland’s Team Bruce Mouat vs. Team Brendan Bottcher of Edmonton and Calgary’s Team Kevin Koe vs. Regina’s Team Matt Dunstone.
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.
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 with a combined $300,000 prize purse. … The winning teams earning $33,000 plus spots in the season-ending KIOTI Tractor Champions Cup. … Tickets are available at boost.goigniter.com.