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Alternate Ledrew gets ice time as Canada's Homan downs Ontario 9-3 at Scotties

Team Canada skip Rachel Homan chats with teammates, from left, Alison Kreviazuk, Lisa Weagle and Emma Miskew while taking a break during their third draw curling match against team Ontario at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal, Sunday, February 2, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
February 02, 2014 - 9:26 AM

MONTREAL - As the alternate, Stephanie Ledrew doesn't get many chances to play for Team Canada.

But with defending Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion Rachel Homan's Ottawa rink holding a comfortable lead over Ontario, Ledrew was called in for the final two ends of a 9-3 victory on Sunday at the Maurice Richard Arena.

She substituted for lead Lisa Weagle in the seventh end. Ontario's Allison Flaxey (0-2) scored two in the eighth and then conceded the match to Team Canada (2-0).

"It's good to have her throw some shots and see the lines," Homan said of Ledrew. "You never know during a week if you're going to have to use her or not.

"Hopefully not. Hopefully she'll just be there to cheer us on, but it's good to get her in early."

The morning draw saw more one-sided wins as Yukon's Sarah Koltun (1-1) downed P.E.I's Kim Dolan (0-2) by 10-3 in eight ends. Nova Scotia (1-1), skipped by Heather Smith, beat New Brunswick's Andrea Crawford (1-1) by 12-2, also in eight ends.

A tight battle saw Manitoba's Chelsea Carey (1-1) score two in the 10th for a comeback 5-4 win over Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton (1-1).

Ledrew normally plays for Hollie Nicol's Toronto rink, but she was brought in as an alternate by Homan for last year's Scotties in Kingston, Ont., as well as for the 2013 women's world championship in Riga, Latvia. She got into three matches last year.

"I know what it is to be prepared to jump in at a moment's notice," said Ledrew. "I actually went for a jog around the arena in the sixth end to be prepared to go in the seventh, so I was warmed up and ready to rock."

Ledrew said it is usually a team decision to get the alternate some playing time.

"It tends to be on the ice between ends, if they have a big lead going," she said. "They see it as a good opportunity to throw the alternate in.

"They also want to get me in because I have to play in two games, for at least one end in each game, in order to be eligible for the jewelry (prizes) at the end of the week — the diamonds. So they're being good to me."

The match also pitted sister against sister as Team Canada second Alison Kreviazuk faced Lynn Kreviazuk, the Ontario second.

"Actually, I haven't played against Lynn in a few years, so this was kind of a first for me," the 25-year-old Alison Kreviazuk said of her 22-year-old sister. "We get along great, so there's nothing negative.

"They played really well, they just had a few bad breaks. I know she'll pick it up for the next one."

Canada scored one point in the second end, then stole three in each of the next two.

Yukon scored five in the eighth end to prompt P.E.I. to concede, while Nova Scotia had ends of four and five points in their romp over New Brunswick.

The teams will be back in action for draws Sunday in the afternoon and the evening.

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