Calleen Neufeld left the door open, and Stacie Devereaux made no mistake.
The Newfoundland and Labrador skip scored three in the final end to stun Manitoba's Neufeld 7-6 andgive her province its firstCanadian junior women's curling championship Sunday in St. Catharines, Ont.
"We haven't had an easy game all week," Devereaux told CBC. "We're fighters and we believe in each other and keep positive and keep going. [We] hang in."
Neufeld held a 6-4 lead heading into the10th end, but misfired with her final stone toleaveDevereaux lying two with the hammer.
After drawing a deep breath in the hack, Devereaux calmly drew to the eight-foot toset off a joyous celebrationbyher St. John's rink.
The victory gave Newfoundland and Labrador its first national junior crown since Brad Gushue of St. John's won the men's title in 2001— coincidentally, also in St. Catharines.
"Brad has shown the whole province and the whole country that if you work really hard you can do whatever you want," Devereauxsaid of the 2006 Olympic champion."You just have to believe in yourself."
Meanwhile, it was another agonizing defeat for Neufeld, wholost last year's national finalto Saskatchewan's Megan Selzer.
Neufeld appearedin control headinginto the final end, havingscoredfour unanswered points to take a6-4 leadwith one frame to play, buther Manitobarink struggled to keep the house clear in the 10th.
Devereauxwill join Alberta's Charley Thomas, who on Saturday won his second straightmen's title, in representing Canada at the world junior curling championships, March 3-11 in Eveleth, Minn.