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Zacharias Team Win, 3-5 Final Record

Thursday Feb 25 2021
by Resby Coutts, Photo: Curling Canada/Andrew Klaver

Mackenzie Zacharias made another highlight reel shot to score a four on the ninth end and end her final Scotties game with a 9-4 win over Northern Ontario. The win gives the reigning world junior champion team a final record of 3 wins & 5 losses, out of the next round of play, but they leave Calgary on a positive note having gained valuable experiecne competing against the best women's teams in the country.

Wild Card/Zacharias
110 101 104 x  9
Northern Ontario/Burns
002 010 010 x  4

(Wednesday Evening) Zacharias Team Loss to Homan, Record 2-5: Mackenzie Zacharias made one of the great shots of the week Wednesday evening, a runback double kill on the sixth end removed a pair of Rachel Homan rocks in the four foot and stuck for a pair. The highlight reel shot gave the Wild Card Zacharias team a 5-4 lead at that point but the young team was out-gunned the rest of the way. Homan improved to 6-1 with an 8-6 victory. Team Zacharias dropped to 2-5 with one game left to play.

Wild Card/Zacharias
020 102 001 0  6
201 010 030 1  8

NEXT GAME: vs Northern Ontario at 2:30pm CST Thursday

(Wednesday Morning) Second Win for Zacharias Team: Mackenzie Zacharias and her Altona team fell behind again this morning but this time fought back to post their second victory on their first national Scotties, a 6-5 win over Nova Scotia. "I struggled earlier the week but I'm gaining confidence every game," the young skip said after the game. "Despite the record, this is an experience I am never going to forget."

Emily Zacharias said it is even more memorable because she is having her first Scotties experience with her older sister. "Mackenzie is a teammate and a sister and a role model," she said.

Wild Card/Zacharias
100 102 100 1  6
Nova Scotia/Brothers
021 010 001 0  5

NEXT GAME: vs Ontario at 7:30pm CST Wednesday

(Tuesday Afternoon) Zacharias Record Drops to 1-4 With Loss to Peterson: The prospects of Altona's Mackenzie Zacharias team advancing to the championship round of the national Scotties, although theoretically not gone, have faded significantly. Playing as Wild Card Team #2, the junior champion team lost Tuesday afternoon to another young Manitoba team - the Beth Peterson WIld Card #3 foursome. Tied at 3-3 after seven ends, the two Maniotba teams traded points in the next two ends and Peterson won 5-4 withthe hammer coming home.

Wild Card/Peterson
020 001 010 1  5
Wild Card/Zacharias
000 010 201 0  4

NEXT GAME: vs Nova Scotia at 9:30am Wednesday
(Monday Evening) Zacharias Team Record Now 1-3: Mackenzie Zacharias and her young Wild Card team from Altona got their fiorst national Scotties win Sunday evening and waited a day ffor their next game, scheduled on the late draw Monday.  Momentum from their first win was lost as they gave up a two on the opening end of the Monday game against Kerry Galusha and her Territories team. They came back from two down to tie twice in the game but trailed again by two coming home and could not do it the third time. Team Zacharias' record is 1-3 with four games to play. Their Tuesday afternoon game with Beth Peterson's Winnipeg team is critical for both teams as each has three losses and cannot afford another loss if they wish to qualify for the championship round.

Northwest Territories/Galusha
200 011 011 0  6
Wild Card/Zacharias
001 100 200 1  5

NEXT GAME: vs Wild Card/Peterson at 2:30pm Tuesday
(Sunday Evening) Big First Win for Zacharias Team: Mackenzie Zacharias and her Wild Card Scotties team from Altona posted their first win in three starts Sunday evening, a 15-4 victory over Yukon. The Manitobans started with a five and scored six more on the fifth end to lead 13-2 at the mid-game break.

The young skip was excited to get her first win after a tough couple of first games. "We went hard right from the first end. We have learned from each game and expect to learn a little more each game," Zacharias said after the game. "We have learned a lot about the ice and need to learn from every experience."

Wild Card/Zacharias
502 061 01x  15
010 100 10x  3

NEXT GAME: vs Northwest Territories at 7:30pm Monday

(Saturday Afternoon) Second Loss for Team Zacharias: Alberta's Laura Walker sealed a second win with a double kill on her last rock coming home Saturday afternoon. The shot, with Altona's Mackenzie Zacharias looking at the possibility of a tie to force an extra end, ended the junior champions' hope for their first victory at the national Scotties. Trailing 3-1 after the first two ends, the Wild Card Zacharias team fought back to lead 4-3 at the mid-game break but trailed 6-5 after eight and gave up another steal to trail 7-5 coming home.

030 002 011 x  7
Wild Card/Zacharias

101 110 100 x  5

NEXT GAME: vs Yukon at 7:30pm, Sunday

(Draw #1-Friday) First Game Loss for Team Zacharias: Mackenzie Zacharias and her Altona World Junior Champions opened their first Scotties Tournament of Hearts on the ice against the reigning Canadian champion Kerri Einarson team from Gimli. Not at all intimidated by the surroundings, the Zacharias foursome  faced a team clearly intending to prove last year was no fluke. A stolen single on the second and a three on the fourth gave Team Canada control. Trailing 7-2 playing eight, the young team conceded defeat but conceded on a positive note, after a last rock draw for a point on the eighth.

110 301 10x  7
Wild Card/Zacharias
001 010 01x  3

NEXT GAME: Saturday 2:30PM (CST) vs Alberta (Walker)
Friday: Team Zacharias Opens Scotties Against Team Canada and Alberta: Mackenzie Zacharias and her reigning World Junior Champion team from Altona earned the second of three Wild Card entries into the 2021 Scotties and based on their CTRS ranking has been seeded #8 overall. Zacharias, with Karlee Burgess, Emily Zacharias, Lauren Lenentine, 5th Rachel Erickson, and coach Sheldon Zacharias, is the fourth rated team in Pool A behind Einarson, Homan and Walker.

They have by far the toughest start of the five Manitoba-based teams, opening against Team Canada and themn playing Alberta's Laura Walker on the Saturday afternoon draw.

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