Northwest Territories, New Brunswick open Hearts qualifier with wins

Galusha, Adams win in Hearts qualifier

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — New Brunswick and Northwest Territories won their opening games of the Canadian women’s curling championship qualifying tournament Thursday.

N.W.T.’s Kerry Galusha downed Yukon’s Sarah Koltun 9-6, while New Brunswick’s Melissa Adams defeated Geneva Chislett of Nunavut 11-6.

The three territories and one province are vying to be part of the 12-team field at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont. The main draw starts Saturday.

This will be the last year of the unpopular pre-tournament qualifier for the women’s and men’s national curling championships.

The format will be altered in 2018 to allow for more equal participation of all territories and provinces.

The Canadian Press