Halfway through pool play, both the host Northern Ontario rink, with skip Krista McCarville and Sudburian and vice-skip Kendra Lilly leading the way, and Team Fleury (Wildcard #1 - but with Fleury still sidelined due to Covid protocols) are tied for second place in their bracket with records of 3-1 at the 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Thunder Bay.
McCarville and company did a nice job of conjuring up images of a raucous crowd in the opening draw last Friday, bolting to a 5-0 lead after four ends and besting Chelsea Carey (Wildcard #2) by a final score of 7-3.
McCarville, Lilly, Ashley Sippala and Sarah Potts improved to 2-0 with an 8-5 win over Prince Edward Island (Suzanne Birt), picking up a key steal of two in the fifth to grab a 4-2 lead and never looking back.
Their only loss to date would come at the hands of Emma Miskew (Team Homan - Wildcard #3), dropping an 8-5 decision after surrendering a steal of three in the fourth end.
A wild affair Monday night to close off their schedule to date as Team McCarville rallied from a 5-1 deficit after five and took advantage of a tumble by a Nunavut sweeper, scoring three based on the umpire's decision and edging the far north crew 7-6.
As for Team Fleury, which currently features a roster of Selena Njegovan (skip), Robyn Njegovan (vice), Liz Fyfe (second) and Kristin MacCuish (lead), their stumble came right out of the gates, dropping their opener to Andrea Crawford from New Brunswick (6-5), the Maritimers holding down top spot in the pool with a record of 5-0.
Since then, the team which fell just short of representing Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing have reeled off three straight wins, a sequence they kicked off with a 9-7 triumph over Penny Barker of Saskatchewan.
Trailing 7-5 after eight ends, the Fleury rink picked up three in the ninth with the hammer, adding a steal of one in ten.
A little more breathing room on Sunday afternoon as the Manitoba based rink whallopped Birt 9-1 before facing Emma Miskew (subbing in for Rachel Homan) in an absolute shootout Monday morning.
An 11-9 Fleury win over Miskew featured no less than four ends in which teams counted three or more points, including a five-ender for the Njegovan skipped crew that gave the team a 10-7 lead after seven.
Both teams are back in action Tuesday afternoon with McCarville facing Sarah Hill of Newfoundland and Labrador (1-3) while Fleury will do battle with Chelsea Carey (2-2) in the same draw.
McCarville and Fleury are set to go toe to toe in draw 17 on Thursday afternoon, with playoffs scheduled for the next day.