Arguin wins eighth straight game at senior nationals

Matthew Gourlie
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Local rink to play Ontario in Friday's semifinal

Lorraine Arguin pulled off a pair of impressive comebacks Thursday.

Lorraine Arguin's Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre rink is 10-1 at the Canadian Senior Women's Curling championships in Yellowknife.

Ultimately they didn't really matter at the Canadian Senior Women's Curling Championships where Arguin's rink finished pool play tied for first, but will play in the semifinal Friday.

"It was a tough day," said Arguin who finished with a 10-1 record. "We're tired right now."

Arguin's Moose Jaw rink clinched a spot in the playoffs with a  7-5 win over New Brunswick's Heidi Hanlon Thursday afternoon. Arguin had a chance to clinch a bye to the final with a win in her final game and a loss by Alberta's Lois Fowler. Arguin stormed back to beat Jennifer Scott from P.E.I. 7-6, but Fowler beat Cathy Cunningham from Newfoundland and Labrador 8-3.

Fowler and Arguin finished tied with 10-1 records, but Fowler earned the bye to the final because she beat Arguin earlier in the tournament.

Arguin will face Ontario's Marilyn Bodogh Friday might in the semifinal with the winner advancing to face Fowler.

"Anything can happen when you make it to the semifinal. You play your best. We're as confident as we can be," said Arguin. "It's the same situation we had when we were in (at provincials) in Unity, so we're comparing it to that. Hopefully it will work out for us."

Arguin and her Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre rink of third DondaLee Deis, second Shelly Urquhart and lead Connie Fritzler won their eighth straight game in dramatic fashion as they stole in consecutive ends to beat Cunningham Thursday night.

Arguin gave up a steal of two in the fourth end and again in the seventh end as she fell behind 6-3.

She scored once with the hammer and then stole one in the ninth and stole two in the 10th to win the game.

Arguin was sitting two in the 10th end Cunningham had to draw wide around some guards to try to win.

"She had to do a wide out-turn draw in a spot that she hadn't drawn in the whole game and she came through heavy," said Arguin.

Their comeback against Hanlon was no less impressive as Arguin scored three with the hammer in the 10th end to clinch their spot in the playoffs.

"Shelly made a key draw. She drew around a corner guard and got one buried. We had a couple of corner guards that were very tight. (Hanlon) raised her centre guard in and I made an angle hit and ended up behind cover," explaied Arguin. "(Hanlon) had to try a wide in-turn draw and if you got way out to the wings, it was so much keener there and the rock just slid though the house. I didn't have to throw my last rock."

Organizations: Canadian Senior Women

Geographic location: Ontario, Moose Jaw, New Brunswick Alberta

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