George and Carlson in tiebreaker for last playoff spot at Nationals

March 05, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
March 5, 2014

George, Carlson in tiebreaker for last playoff spot at Nationals

(PHILADELPHIA) – The Courtney George team kept its national championship hopes alive by upending the Allison Pottinger rink at IceWorks Arena Wednesday night to force a tiebreaker game for the last playoff berth.

George and teammates Aileen Sormunen (Duluth, Minn.), Amanda McLean (St. Paul, Minn.) and Monica Walker (Brighton, Mass.) will play the Alex Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.) team in a tiebreaker at noon Thursday. The winner will advance to play in the Page 3 vs. 4 game at 8 p.m. Thursday against the Nina Spatola rink.

Despite the loss, and a three-way tie at 7-2 in the standings, Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and teammates Nicole Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.), Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.), Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) will be the number one seed in the playoffs. They will play the Cassie Potter rink in the Page 1 vs. 2 game at 8 p.m. Thursday.

After scoring two in the opening frame, Pottinger’s team gave up four in the second and had to claw its way back into the game, taking a 5-4 lead after successive steals in the fourth and fifth ends. George and teammates Aileen Sormunen (Duluth, Minn.), Amanda McLean (St. Paul, Minn.) and Monica Walker (Brighton, Mass.) regained the lead with two in the sixth and shut Pottinger out the rest of the way, stealing singles in the eighth and ninth ends to win 8-5.

Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.) and her team of Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Sophie Brorson (Minneapolis, Minn.) led Abigayle Lindgren (Grand Forks, N.D.) and her teammates Katie Sigurdson (Grand Forks, N.D.), Emily Lindgren (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Kelsey Colwell (Fargo, N.D.) 6-3 after six ends. The game came down to the last rock, however, as Spatola needed to pick an opposing rock out to preserve an 8-6 victory.

Cassie Potter (St. Paul, Minn.), Jamie Haskell (Bemidji, Minn.), Jackie Lemke (Medford, Wis.) and Stephanie Sambor (White Bear Lake, Minn.) got off to a big start against the Carlson team, leading 7-0 on the strength of steals of two and three in the second and third ends. Carlson rallied her team of Jamie Sinclair (Manotick, Ontario), Emilia Juocys (Rochester, Mich.) and Sherri Schummer (St. Paul, Minn.) to pull back within 8-4 after seven ends. But Potter’s team was efficient in running them out of rocks in the final end, and won 9-5.

In the Page playoff format, the winner of the 1 vs. 2 game advances directly to Saturday’s final, while the loser will play the winner of the 3 vs. 4 game in a semifinal to determine the last finalist.

In other games concluding the round robin, Amy Lou Anderson (Plymouth, Minn.), Megan Delaney (Minneapolis, Minn.), Theresa Hoffoss (Minneapolis, Minn.), Julie Smith (St. Paul, Minn.) and Shelly Kinney (Minneapolis, Minn.) fought hard in their last game of the week against Caitlin Maroldo (Rochester, N.Y.) and her rink of Rebecca Andrew (West Henrietta, N.Y.), Abigail Morrison (Falmouth, Mass.) and Emily Walker (Sudbury, Mass.). Anderson just missed a double takeout in the ninth, but succeeded in limiting Maroldo to a steal of one, making the score 4-4 heading home. Anderson then made a draw to the button against two in the 10th end to score a 5-4 win, her team’s first of the tournament.

Sarah Anderson (Broomall, Pa.), Courtney Slata (Aston, Pa.), Taylor Anderson (Broomall, Pa.) and Emily Anderson (Broomall, Pa.) headed into the last end tied 6-6 with the team of Gabrielle Coleman (Mountain View, Calif.), Elle LeBeau (Lynnwood, Wash.), Maureen Stolt (Plymouth, Minn.) and Cynthia Eng-Dinsel (Kirkland, Wash.). Anderson’s team was efficient in keeping the way clear for its skip to seal the game with an open shot for the 7-6 win.

After the conclusion of the round robin on Thursday morning, the top four teams will be ranked and advance to the Page playoffs. The women’s playoffs start at 8 p.m. Thursday with the men’s playoffs being staged at 12 p.m. Friday. The Page 1-2 game will advance the winner to Saturday’s final with the losing side playing the winner of the Page 3-4 match in the single semifinal on Friday.

The women’s semifinal is set for 4 p.m. Friday followed by the men’s semifinal game at 8 p.m. Both gold-medal games will be contested on Saturday with the ladies taking the ice at 10 a.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.

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Game scores, 8 p.m. (women): S. Anderson 7, Coleman 6; Spatola 8, Lindgren 6; George 8, Pottinger 5; Potter 9, Carlson 5; A. Anderson 5, Maroldo 4.

Women’s Standings:
Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 7-2*
Cassie Potter (St. Paul, Minn.) 7-2*
Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.) 7-2*
Alex Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.) 6-3**
Courtney George (St. Paul, Minn.) 6-3**
Sarah Anderson (Broomall, Pa.) 4-5
Gabrielle Coleman (Mountain View, Calif.) 3-6
Caitlin Maroldo (Rochester, N.Y.) 3-6
Abigayle Lindgren (Grand Forks, N.D.) 1-8
Amy Lou Anderson (Plymouth, Minn.) 1-8

*Qualified for playoffs.
**Playing tiebreaker for fourth playoff spot.

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