Maple syrup, ketchup chips, poutine, ice hockey … and Jeopardy! contestants.
when Jeopardy! co-host Ken Jennings opened Monday’s airing of the popular game show by listing off popular Canadian staples, he was doing so for good reason.
After all, the show — previously hosted by beloved Canadian Alex Trebek of North Bay, Ont. — was nearly maxed out with Canadians. Two of the three contestants were proud Canucks.
That list included 23-year-old Toronto tutor and Halifax native Mattea Roach and newbie Caitlin Hayes, a musician, educator and mother from North Vancouver.
Roach, of course, was the better-known of the pair, having entered the night with nine Jeopardy! wins — good for $210,802 in winnings and a spot in the Tournament of Champions which features the show’s top contestants.
She showed plenty of moxie once again en route to win No. 10, adding $16,799 to her haul for a massive 10-show total of $227,601.
Roach will chase an unlikely 11th win on Tuesday at 7:30 pm on YES-TV.
Of course, there was a third contestant. New Yorker Sarah McGrath, a business manager, was right in the mix after the opening round and appeared poised to give Roach a good run. In fact, only $1,500 separated the trio as they went into the Double Jeopardy! round.
Canadian tutor Roach has won Jeopardy nine times in a row heading into Monday
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Toronto tutor competing on Jeopardy!
Still, Roach, as she has done over the past two weeks, built up a mammoth lead heading into Final Jeopardy! — this time taking $20,800 into the final round compared to the $12,400 her nearest competitor, McGrath, had accrued.
North Vancouver’s Hayes was the only contestant to correctly answer the Final Jeopardy! clue. She finished in the runner-up position with $11,800.