Brown rink falters against New Brunswick, but remains in Championship Pool hunt at Scotties

Team Brown carried momentum at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, but it was quashed on Wednesday.

New Brunswick built an early lead, capitalizing on errors made by the Kamloops Curling Club rink representing B.C., and cruised to a 9-5 victory in a Draw 14 matchup.

“We definitely didn’t come out with our best game and they played well,” B.C. skip Corryn Brown told KTW on Wednesday. “So that’s what it came down to. They just made more shots than us.”

B.C. dropped its first two games of the tournament, but bounced back with a pair of victories, including a 10-1 shellacking of Newfoundland and Labrador on Tuesday night.

Brown said her team was well-prepared for its only contest on Wednesday, but was outplayed by the Melissa Adams-skipped rink.

“Sometimes you just don’t come out with your best,” Brown said. “That’s what happened today.”

Team B.C.’s curling percentages in the Wednesday defeat: Brown (58 per cent), third Erin Pincott (69 per cent), second Dezaray Hawes (76 per cent) and lead Samantha Fisher (89 per cent).

Pool B standings as of Wednesday afternoon: Quebec (5-2), Saskatchewan (4-2), Manitoba (4-2), Wild Card No. 1 (4-3), P.E.I. (3-3), New Brunswick (3-3), B.C. (3-3), Newfoundland and Labrador ( 2-4) and Nunavut (0-6).

The top four teams in the group will advance to the Championship Pool, from which three playoff teams will emerge.

B.C. will wrap round-robin action with two games on Thursday — 7:30 a.m. against Saskatchewan and 5:30 p.m. versus P.E.I.

“It will definitely take two wins [to reach the Championship Pool],” Brown said. “It should turn out pretty good in our favour based on who we have beat. If we were to win our two games tomorrow, I think we would rank third in our pool, but we’re taking it one game at a time.”

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