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Nunavut earns 1st-ever win at Canadian junior women's curling championship

Iqaluit skip Sadie Pinksen snapped a provincial 32-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over Zoey Walsh of the Northwest Territories on Tuesday night. It's the first victory for Nunavut since joining the national junior championship four years ago.

'It was definitely a long journey to this point, but we stayed really strong'

Team Nunavut and their winning scoreboard. From left, Sadie Pinksen, Christianne West, Kaitlin MacDonald, Melicia Elizaga and coach Donalda Mattie. (Curling Canada)

Nunavut finally has a win at the Canadian junior women's curling championship. 

The team shares a group hug following its first win Tuesday. (Curling Canada)
Skip Sadie Pinksen snapped a provincial 32-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over Zoey Walsh of the Northwest Territories on Tuesday night. It's the first victory for Nunavut since joining the national junior championship four years ago, and follows 32 consecutive losses, according to Curling Canada's blog. 

Pinksen has been on the ice for each one of those losses.

"It was definitely a long journey to this point, but we stayed really strong and we've taken a lot from every game we played up until now, and that definitely was a factor in the way we played today," said Pinksen, who'll be the alternate for the Nunavut women's team at next month's Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Team Nunavut also includes Christianne West, Kaitlin MacDonald, Melicia Elizaga and coach Donalda Mattie. 

Nunavut finished the preliminary round with a 1-5 record in Pool A, and will play in the seeding pool to determine the final rankings for next year's Canadian juniors in Victoria.

The top four teams in each pool advanced to the championship round for a further four-game partial round robin from Wednesday through Friday, with their earlier records carried forward. 

Meanwhile, the six teams of each gender that didn't qualify for the championship round meet in the seeding round.

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