While Heather Nedohin’s Team Canada has been riding a wave of momentum, going 5-0 in the opening rounds of the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, B.C.’s Kelly Scott has been slowly working her way up in the standings, sitting 3-2 after a decisive 13-7 win over New Brunswick in afternoon play.
In the first meeting of last year’s Scotties finalists, Nedohin proved why she’s still undefeated in the tournament. Her team curled at 87 percent throughout a game of patient offence and some big last-rock shots, defeating Scott’s B.C. squad 7-5.
Leading 6-5 going into the final end, Team Canada had their hands full as Scott was setting up the end to score, but an unfortunate pick left Nedohin the shot for the win.
“I thought it was an extremely well-played game by both teams. I thought they had an opportunity set up for a steal and it’s very frustrating to have that happen,” said Nedohin. “It was a really bad time for B.C. to get a pick.”
Team Canada third Beth Iskiw curled at 91 percent, showing why she’s sitting in second position among all thirds, behind Manitoba’s Kaitlyn Lawes.
“Awesome,” said Nedohin. “I thought the team as a whole was playing extremely well, but I love it when my partner in crime has got her A game.”
In other games, Saskatchewan’s Jill Shumay tried hard but couldn’t get going against Nova Scotia’s Mary-Anne Arsenault, losing 7-5; Ontario’s Rachel Homan continued to roll over the opposition, maintaining her undefeated record and winning 8-4 over Allison Ross and her Quebec team; Alberta, with fifth player Renee Sonnenberg skipping in place of Kristie Moore, gave Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones a scare, but Jones was able to make the final hit and stick for a 9-6 final.
The Scotties continues on Wednesday with draws at 2 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (all times EST). All draws are being broadcast by TSN/RDS, the official broadcast partner of the Season of Champions.
Live scoring, statistics and updated standings are available at http://www.curling.ca/championships/scotties/draw-schedule/scores-and-standings/