Kerry Galusha had her fate in her hands. All she had to do was win her final round-robin game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary.
It didn’t happen and it was a cruel way to have it happen.
Galusha and her rink of Shona Barbour, Margot Flemming and Jo-Ann Rizzo will fly home from the Canadian women’s curling championship after dropping a 9-8 extra-end heartbreaker to the wild card team skipped by Beth Peterson of Manitoba. Galusha had a draw to the button to score a single and win it but it came up short, handing Peterson a steal of one.
Galusha opened with the hammer and blanked the first end before scoring two in the second, which was answered by Peterson in the third. Peterson stole a single in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead but Galusha re-took the lead by scoring two in the fifth with the hammer. Peterson would get that deuce back in the sixth to nose her way in front, 5-4, before Galusha came up with the big moment of the game in the seventh by counting three to take a 7-5 lead.
Galusha would extend that lead to 8-5 with a steal in the eighth before Peterson got two of those points back in a sloppy ninth end; both teams missed key shots to give each other chances to score. Peterson would force the extra end by stealing one in the 10th and would go on to steal another single in the 11th to win and advance to the championship round.
The loss dropped Galusha’s rink to four wins and four losses, one loss too many for the championship round.