Team Jennifer Jones at the 2016 WFG Masters in Okotoks, Alta. (Photo: Anil Mungal)

Jones bounces back to edge Carey in Masters Draw 8

October 27, 2016, 8:47 PM

OKOTOKS, Alta. — Olympic gold medallist Jennifer Jones chipped her shooter in to take two in the final frame to lift her Winnipeg team to a 6-5 victory over Calgary’s Chelsea Carey during Thursday’s Draw 8 at the GSOC Masters.

Both teams now hold 2-1 records in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tournament.

Carey opened with hammer and was forced to draw for a single in the first with Jones lying one buried. Jones was also held to just one point in the second bumping back her own to punch out Carey’s counter.

It looked like Carey was going to count three in the third when Jones’s last rock of the end rolled through the rings. Carey wasn’t able to fully capitalize as her final stone was light, but was still able to count two for the 3-1 lead.

Carey forced Jones to make a draw attempt for one point in the fourth, however, the rock continued to slide through the wickets for a steal of one.

Jones faced two counters in the fifth and nudged off one into the button for a point. Carey tried to make a risky angle raise with her last in the sixth, but hit it right on the nose and gave up a steal of two to tie it 4-4.

Carey attempted a double takeout in seven and missed the back counter, taking out her own instead. Her shooter rolled into the four-foot circle to count for shot after a close measurement up one without the hammer coming home.

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Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland stole one in six and two in seven to ice a 6-3 victory over Edmonton’s Val Sweeting. Tirinzoni is now 2-0 in round-robin play while Sweeting has been eliminated from playoff contention at 0-3.

Russia’s Anna Sidorova picked up her first win to stay in the mix scoring two in the sixth and stealing six in the seventh to thump Allison Flaxey of Caledon, Ont., 10-3. Both teams hold 1-2 records.

In men’s division action, Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock is through to the next round following a 9-3 victory over American John Shuster. Laycock improved to a 3-0 record while Shuster has been eliminated at 0-3 with one more round-robin game to go each.

Niklas Edin of Sweden crushed Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher 10-3 in six ends. The two teams kept pace through the first half, but the game got out of hand as Edin pulled away with a five-ender in the fifth and stole two in six.

Edin record is now even at 1-1 while Bottcher dropped to 1-2.

NOTES: The WFG Masters is the first of seven events on the 2016-17 Pinty’s GSOC schedule. … The event is also the first of four majors in the series alongside the Boost National, Meridian Canadian Open and WestJet Players’ Championship. … The WFG Masters runs through to Sunday at Pason Centennial Arena with action continuing Thursday at 7:30 p.m. MT on Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet NOW.