Scheidegger ties Jones for top spot at Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings

OTTAWA — Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Alta., scored two in the 10th end to beat Krista McCarville of Thunder Bay, Ont., 7-5 and improve to 2-0 Sunday at the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Curling Trials at the Canadian Tire Centre. Not considered one of the heavy favourites going into the nine-day event to determine Canada’s four-player teams at the 2018 Olympic Games, Scheidegger, third Cary-Anne McTaggart, second Jessie Scheidegger, lead Kristie Moore, alternate Susan O’Connor and coach Carolyn McRorie find themselves tied for top in the standings with defending champion and reigning Olympic gold-medallist Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg (2-0). “It’s awesome, feels great and a huge confidence builder,” the 29-year-old Scheidegger said after her second win. “Gives you that bit more of a comfort level with the ice and the arena and the fans.” The foursome out of the Lethbridge Curling Club got up early by scoring two in the second end and singles in the fourth and fifth against McCarville. They gave up a deuce in the ninth that tied the game but they showed a lot of confidence with some sharp shots in the 10th to score the winning deuce.

Mike McEwen calls instructions to his sweepers during his team’s victory over Team Morris. (Photo, Curling Canada/Michael Burns)

“Kudos to Kristie, she had two really good ticks that opened up our scoring area, great throws by her, great sweeping by the girls so I can’t ask for anything more,” said Scheidegger, who cautioned watchers not to get too far ahead of things because it’s a long week with a lot of tough teams ahead of her. “It’s a bit of a grind and you have to stay focused, get enough rest, so that’s what we’re doing, getting the rest and time with our families because they are here to support us.” In the other games in the fourth draw, Rachel Homan of Ottawa (1-1) surrendered three consecutive one-point steals in the seventh, eighth and ninth ends but made the critical shot in the 10th for an 8-7 win over Julie Tippin of Woodstock, Ont., (1-1); 2017 Tim Hortons Brier champion Brad Gushue (1-1) of St. John’s drew the four-foot with last rock in the 11th to nip Brendan Bottcher of  Edmonton (1-1) 6-5; and Mike McEwen of Winnipeg (2-0) scored two in the sixth end to beat John Morris (0-2) of Vernon, B.C, 3-1. The 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings continues with tonight’s draw at 7 p.m. EST. Live scoring, standings and statistics for the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings are available at TSN/TSN2 and RDS2 will provide complete coverage of the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings. CLICK HERE for the complete schedule For ticket information for the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, CLICK HERE. This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at