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Canada Cup: Reigning champ Rachel Homan sets rematch with Jennifer Jones





Ottawa's Rachel Homan defeated Winnipeg's Kerri Einarson 9-4 on Saturday afternoon in women's semifinal play at the Canada Cup.

Homan scored three points in the ninth end for the victory. She will play Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones in Sunday's final.

"The team played unreal," Homan said. "I struggled a little bit early, but the team played so strong. So did Einarson, it was a struggle the whole way. We're really excited to get back to the final and have a strong game against Jones."

After frittering away a 5-1 lead in the men's semifinal, Reid Carruthers managed to edge Toronto's John Epping 6-5 in a tense extra end.

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"We can learn a lot from that game. We felt the full nerves we're going to feel [Sunday] in the final, so we have to take this as a learning experience and go have a good rest," said Carruthers.

The Carruthers crew will take on Brad Gushue's team from St. John's, skipped by Mark Nichols, who played third for Stoughton alongside Nichols for two seasons (2012-2014), in the final Sunday night. Both teams finished the seven-team round robin with 4-2 records.

Jacobs ousted

In the early men's tiebreaker, Laycock dumped Brad Jacobs 9-3 while Einarson came back for an 8-6 win over Val Sweeting in the lone women's tiebreaker.

Jacobs, from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., is the reigning Olympic men's champion, but his rink has struggled at times this season.

"This is an eye opener for us," Jacobs said. "We've got to get a lot better if we expect to be in the Olympic Trials a year from now. We've got a lot of hard work ahead of us. I know we're committed to doing whatever it takes in order to play better."

"We've got to be a lot more consistent. It's back to the drawing board, the four of us with our coach, our sports psych, and I'm confident we can get better."

Einarson, meanwhile, made a double takeout to score three points in the 10th end for her tiebreaker victory. She caught a break when Dana Ferguson burned a stone after falling while sweeping her Edmonton skip's first-rock draw.

The Canada Cup winners earn berths in next year's Olympic Trials. Since Jones and Homan have already qualified for that event, the women's berth will go to the leading team on the 2016-17 Canadian Team Ranking System as of May 1.

Calgary's Kevin Koe is the only men's skip who has qualified for the Trials. He did not reach the Canada Cup playoffs.

The Canada Cup winners will also qualify to play on Team North America at the Continental Cup next month in Las Vegas.


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