Abbotsford’s Sarah Wark (middle) has helped Team B.C. advance to the championship round at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. (Twitter)

Abbotsford’s Sarah Wark, Team B.C. advance to championship round

B.C. defeats Manitoba in tiebreaker game on Thursday morning to qualify for next round

Abbotsford’s Sarah Wark and Team B.C. have advanced to the championship round at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, but not without a little bit of drama.

Wark and her teammates downed Manitoba’s Tracy Fleury 8-5 in a tiebreaker game on Thursday morning. It was a do-or-die game for both teams, with B.C. officially ending the championship hopes for Manitoba with the win.

Wark had a nice hit in the fifth end to hang on for a single but Fleury delivered an open hit for two in the sixth to make it a one-point game.

B.C. broke it open in the eighth end as Fleury was heavy with a tapback, giving Wark a steal of three and an 8-3 advantage.

Fleury drew for two in the ninth but Wark made no mistake with hammer coming home and a healthy lead.

“That’s huge for us,” Wark said to reporters following the match. “If you would have told us at the beginning of the week that we would be playing a tiebreaker for a spot in the championship round, we would have been thrilled.”

B.C. finished at 4-3 in round robin play, and now take on Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan today. B.C. then battles Team Canada and Team Wildcard on Friday. The top four teams from the championship round will advance to the final rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

For more on the tournament, visit curling.ca/2019scotties.

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