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Defending champion Kerri Einarson secures Scotties playoff berth

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Defending champion Kerri Einarson secured a playoff berth at the Canadian women’s curling championship Saturday with a 7-4 win over Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges.

Kerri Einarson, seen above, has guided her rink to a playoff berth with a 10-1 record so far at the 2021 Scotties in Calgary. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Defending champion Kerri Einarson secured a playoff berth at the Canadian women’s curling championship Saturday with a 7-4 win over Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges.

Einarson (10-1) locked down one of three playoff berths with a draw remaining Saturday night in the championship round.

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The No. 1 seed from the championship round earns a bye to Sunday’s championship game and faces the winner of the afternoon semifinal.

A tie for third would be solved by a tiebreaker game Sunday morning.

WATCH | That Curling Show gets you set for the final 2 days of the Scotties:

The drama is ramping up at the Scotties and Devin Heroux and Colleen Jones have all your predictions and scenarios. 49:50

Ontario’s Rachel Homan (9-2), Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones (8-3) and Alberta’s Laura Walker (8-3) remained in playoff contention.

Jones and Einarson were to meet in the evening in the championship round’s finale. Walker was to take on Wild Card One (6-5) and Homan faced Saskatchewan (6-5).

Sunday’s victor earns $100,000 in prize money and a return trip to the 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Thunder Bay, Ont., as Team Canada.

THAT CURLING SHOW | Ben Herbert logs Scotties championship predictions:

The Olympic gold medallist breaks down the competition heading into the weekend in the Calgary bubble. 3:26

The winner doesn’t have a world championship, however, in which to wear the Maple Leaf.

The March 19-28 tournament in Schaffhausen, Switzerland was cancelled by the World Curling Federation because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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