Team George claims last playoff spot at Nationals

By Kellie Krake | March 06, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)


March 6, 2014

Team George claims last women’s playoff spot at Nationals

(PHILADELPHIA) – The Courtney George team, skipped by Aileen Sormunen (Duluth, Minn.), defeated Alex Carlson’s team (Wayzata, Minn.) 10-7 in a tiebreaker game this afternoon at IceWorks Arena to claim the last playoff spot up for grabs in the 2014 USA Curling Nationals presented by Labatt. 

George and teammates Aileen Sormunen (Duluth, Minn.), Amanda McLean (St. Paul, Minn.) and Monica Walker (Brighton, Mass.) advance to the Page 3 vs. 4 game to be played at 8 o’clock tonight against Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.) and teammates Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.); Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), and Sophie Brorson (Minneapolis, Minn.)

After scoring one with the hammer in the opening frame, George gave up three in the second and steals in the third and fourth to fall behind 5-1. But George’s team came back with a deuce in the fifth to close the deficit to 5-3.

Momentum shifted to George’s team after the mid-game break.  They stole one in the sixth and another four in the seventh when Carlson’s attempt to draw through a port with her hammer in the seventh came up short. Up 8-5, the George team never looked back.  The teams traded deuces in the eighth and ninth and Carlson ran out of rocks with which to score enough points in the 10th, securing the 10-7 victory for George.  

An elated Sormunen described her team’s start as “slow, needing just a centimeter here or there.  We adjusted by taking a little extra broom and focusing on a positive release.  After the break we went hard for the steal, with a definite game plan.”  

This marks the fifth consecutive win with Sormunen as the skip.  On Monday, George fell ill with the flu and Sormunen took over skipping responsibilities.  George slipped into the vice position when she returned to the ice on Wednesday.   The team intends to retain this lineup.  George focuses on the results, stating it is what is best for the team. According to Sormunen, “It is hard to argue with four wins”.  

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 Friday to determine the last finalist. The Allison Pottinger and Cassie Potter teams face off in the Page 1 vs. 2 game tonight.

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