NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. — Ottawa’s Team Rachel Homan and Team Eve Muirhead of Scotland kept their perfect records intact in the Meridian Canadian Open.

Team Homan and Team Muirhead both qualified for the women’s playoffs at 3-0 through the A-side of the triple knockout and added another to their win totals in Saturday’s quarterfinals at Civic Centre.

Homan nipped Team Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Alta., 4-3 while Muirhead punted Edmonton’s Team Chelsea Carey 10-3 in only five ends.

The crew of Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney and lead Lisa Weagle have won eight consecutive Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling games with an impressive 25-6 overall win-loss record in the series on the season. Homan captured her record-tying ninth Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling women’s title last month at the Boost National and is aiming for double digits.

Scheidegger, who won the Meridian Canadian Open at Civic Centre two years ago in her top-tier series debut, qualified out of the C Event with a 3-2 record. The Meridian Canadian Open is the only one of the seven Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tournaments to feature triple knockout — instead of round-robin pools — where teams must win three games before they lose three in order to qualify for the playoffs.

The quarterfinal game was evenly matched with Homan hitting for two points in the second and Scheidegger responding with a draw for a deuce in three. Homan was limited to a point in the fourth. Scheidegger blanked back-to-back ends and looked to score the elusive two-pointer in the seventh with one in her pocket protected on the button, but she had to settle for just the tying single as her draw didn’t curl enough to get the two.

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