B.C. tops Ontario for Masters gold

The women's title of the 2015 Canadian Masters Curling Championship was decided in the final end, on the final shot. 

The women’s title of the 2015 Canadian Masters Curling Championship was decided in the final end, on the final shot.

Tied 3-3 in the eighth end, B.C. skip Karen Lepine put a guard up with her final rock before Ontario skip Diana Favel was heavy on the draw to the button.

The miss by Ontario gave B.C. the steal, a 4-3 win and the women’s Canadian title at the Whitehorse Curling Club on Sunday.

“They are pretty excited, as I am,” said Lepine of her rink. “It’s my first Canadian championship (title).

“It was nice to be in there. We had some really tough games. I knew we could do it as long as everybody stayed focused and made their shots.”

Lapine, who is from Langley, has curled at seven Canadian championships, including two senior championships, one of which she reached the final.

“It’s been great,” said Lepine, who was joined by third Susan Beuk, second Agnes Sigurdson and lead Donna Christian. “I’ve had spectators. I’ve got my cousins here and they’ve been to every game.”

Ontario, B.C., as well as fourth place’s Manitoba, each went 7-2 in last week’s round robin, with Ontario taking the top seed and B.C. the second seed going into the playoffs.

B.C. blanked Manitoba 7-0 in Saturday’s semifinal.

Linda Wagner’s rink from Alberta scored three in the extra end to capture the bronze, beating Manitoba’s Pat Malanchuk 8-5 on Sunday.

“The hospitality up here has been really good, the facility is awesome, the ice has been really spectacular all week,” added Lepine.

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