Heather Nedohin is through to the Semifinal of the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, defeating Kelly Scott 8-4 on Saturday afternoon in the Page Playoff 3-4 game.
Nedohin and her team of Beth Iskiw, Jessica Mair and Laine Peters controlled the entire game, stealing a single in the first when Scott’s draw went wide and slid too far. B.C. blanked the second, but they were in trouble again in the third, giving up a steal on an in-off attempt – a miss that Scott said was a turning point in the game.
“At the end of the game, our coach said that in-off in the third end, if I had made it, the momentum would have shifted immediately,” said Scott. “That probably was the big shot in the whole look of the whole game.”
Scott also felt her team – Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter and Sarah Wazney – just didn’t catch on to the ice or rocks.
“We were completely fooled there for the first few ends,” she said. “We thought it would curl and it ran straight, and vice versa. So I don’t know whether we attribute that to the sheet, or our rocks, but we’re going to have to go and figure that out.”
Team Canada, on the other hand, had everything under control, and that didn’t surprise Nedohin at all, even though the team ended the round robin with two losses.
“Nothing (has changed). This is the way Team Nedohin plays,” she said. “We are battlers. We handle adversity really well at times. We may not get a W when we want it, but I think that’s the strength within our team. We can rebound after a loss, and learn from our mistakes, and go forward.”
“I thought the team played on fire right from the start,” said Nedohin. “We definitely came out with some determination in our eyes. I was really pleased with the way we executed from the first end on.”
Team Canada will meet the loser of the Page Playoff 1-2 game (either Manitoba or Ontario) at 9 a.m Sunday morning in the Semifinal. B.C. will play for the bronze medal at 2 p.m. on Sunday, and Scott says her team will be ready.
“It’s huge,” Scott says about the bronze medal. “The reason it’s huge for our team in particular (is that it’s) the first Scotties for Sarah. And if you ever get a chance to wear one of those beautiful Scotties rings, we want nothing more than to earn that for Sarah.”
The Page1-2 game between Manitoba and Ontario takes place Saturday at 7 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/