11/06/2017 14:31 EST | Updated 11/06/2017 14:42 EST

Veteran skip Sherry Middaugh opens with victory at Road to the Roar

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — Sherry Middaugh defeated Winnipeg's Darcy Robertson 7-5 in the opening draw Monday at the Home Hardware Road to the Roar Pre-Trials curling competition at Credit Union Place.

Middaugh, from Coldwater, Ont., scored a ninth-end deuce and stole one point in the 10th for the victory.

"It's important to start off with a win, it's important to start off by making some great shots and getting comfortable (with) the ice," said Middaugh. "It got a little frosty, so it was hard for the sweepers, but it really didn't affect the ice surface. It was great."

In other early games, Edmonton's Kelsey Rocque stole three in the 10th end for a 6-3 win over Calgary's Nadine Scotland. Winnipeg's Shannon Birchard posted a 6-5 win over Julie Tippin of Woodstock, Ont., and Kerri Einarson of East St. Paul, Man., scored four in the 10th end for an 11-7 win over Karla Thompson of Kamloops, B.C.

Play continues Monday evening. Round-robin play continues through Friday and the crossover playoffs begin Saturday.

There are 14 teams entered in both the men's and women's draws. Four teams — two men's teams and two women's teams — will qualify for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings next month in Ottawa.

The Roar of the Rings — also known as the Olympic Trials — will determine Canada's representatives at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February.