Einarson wins way into Tournament of Hearts final, downs Jones 6-4
Team Manitoba skip, Kerri Einarson watches her shot as lead, Briane Meilleur and second, Shannon Birchard sweep during 1 vs 2 page playoff against team Wild Card at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., Saturday, February 22, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
MOOSE JAW, SASK. -- Manitoba's Kerri Einarson advanced to the Canadian women's curling championship final with a 6-4 win over the Jennifer Jones wild-card team Saturday.
In an all-Manitoba playoff between the tournament's top two playoff seeds, Einarson earned an express trip to Sunday evening's championship game.
Winnipeg's Jones must beat Ontario's Rachel Homan in Sunday semifinal to gain a rematch for the title.
Homan defeated Northern Ontario's Krista McCarville 9-5 in the playoff between the third and fourth seeds.
Einarson reached the Hearts final in 2018 with a wild-card team and lost to Jones in Penticton, B.C.
The Scotties Tournament of Hearts winner represents Canada at next month's world championship in Prince George, B.C., and returns to next year's Hearts in Thunder Bay, Ont., as Team Canada.