Three teams remain unbeaten at Scotties
KINGSTON, Ont.—Team Canada’s Heather Nedohin isn’t all just emotion and passion on the curling ice.
She’s also a master tactician who thrives in pressure settings. Nedohin is as friendly as they come, but packs an intensity-loaded wallop in competition.
“She is an extremely determined and feisty individual,” said Canadian lead Laine Peters.
“A lot of that is so intrinsic,” she noted. “I don’t think you can necessarily learn it, it’s just in there.
“And she’s got it.”
Nedohin recorded her fourth-straight victory yesterday afternoon, needing only seven ends to complete a 12-2 rout of Quebec’s Allison Ross.
She then improved to 5-0 later in the day with a 10-3 victory over Stacie Devereaux of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones and Ontario’s Rachel Homan also had 5-0 records after seven draws.
Jones dumpeed Kerry Galusha of the Northwest Territories/Yukon 9-1 in the evening draw while Homan beat New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford 7-5.
Saskatchewan’s Jill Shumay, meanwhile, fell to 4-1 after dropping a 12-7 decision to Suzanne Birt of Prince Edward Island.
Nedohin is known for delivering ear-piercing orders to teammates Peters, Beth Iskiw, and Jessica Mair down the sheet.
The 37-year-old Edmonton skip sometimes will jump in the air, twirl her arms around, or contort her body in odd positions when her stones enter the house.
“She does have composure when she’s calling the game, but when she’s calling line for her shots she’s so crazy,” Peters laughed.
“We see the replays and we kill ourselves laughing because she’s so full of emotion and excitement.”
The Canadian team posted wins over P.E.I., New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia over the opening weekend.
“We just work really hard together,” Peters said.
“We try to keep our communication up and grind out every game as well as we can, and see where the chips fall.”
Kelly Scott of British Columbia and Ross were tied in fifth place at 2-2. Crawford and Birt were next at 2-3 while Galusha was at 1-4.
Nova Scotia’s Mary-Anne Arsenault and Alberta’s Kristie Moore were 0-4 and Devereaux was 0-5.
Round-robin play continues through Friday, with the playoff games set for this weekend.