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Team Saskatchewan eliminated from contention at Scotties with 9-4 loss to Team Ontario

Team Saskatchewan has officially been eliminated after losing 9-4 to Team Ontario at the Scotties in Moose Jaw on Friday.
Team Saskatchewan has officially been eliminated after losing 9-4 to Team Ontario at the Scotties in Moose Jaw on Friday. Jonathan Guignard / Global News

Team Saskatchewan won’t make the playoffs at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw after falling 9-4 to Team Ontario on Friday.

“It’s tough for sure. We definitely wanted to be playing on Saturday and Sunday…but we’re very proud of the way we played this week and definitely worked hard out there,” said Stefanie Lawton, Saskatchewan third.

“It was a few shots here and there and we just couldn’t seem to get anything going and they were on fire. They played phenomenal.”

After Saskatchewan put up one point in the first end, Ontario took over.

READ MORE: Team Saskatchewan wins first Scotties Championship Pool game over Team P.E.I.

They put a deuce in the second, followed by a steal of three in the third and one in the fourth and fifth ends. Ontario led 7-1 heading into the sixth.

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“They put the pressure on us and they had really good rock placement,” said Kara Thevenot, Saskatchewan lead. “We just weren’t sharp enough.”

Saskatchewan got one point back in the sixth, but Ontario scored twice in the seventh to extend their lead to 9-2. Saskatchewan added two in the eighth before calling the match.

“We all felt pretty good heading into today it just wasn’t our game. We know [Rachel] Homan is a tough team and we just didn’t bring our A game,” Lawton said.

READ MORE: Team Saskatchewan moves onto Championship Pool at Scotties in Moose Jaw

Team Northern Ontario beat Team Prince Edward Island 6-5 and will join Manitoba, Wild Card and Ontario in the playoffs.

Saskatchewan will wrap up their tournament with a game against Team British Columbia, who is also eliminated from contention.

Saskatchewan heads into their final game with a 5-5 record.

The game time is 6:30 p.m., Friday.

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