Nedohin's crew much more relaxed
Canada skip Heather Nedohin celebrates their win over China at the World Women's Curling Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta March 18, 2012. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)
As far as transformations go, this one was night and day.
Heather Nedohin and her crew came out in Team Canada’s red uniforms with a completely different, much more relaxed attitude.
Nedohin jumped out to an early lead and hung on to edge 2009 world champion Bingyu Wang of China 7-5.
The win left Team Canada as one of three teams off to a 2-0 start, along with Germany and Switzerland.
“If this is so-called pressure, we like it,” said Nedohin. “It rises the intensity in all of us. Execution-wise, we are doing well as a team. I like what I see at the front end.
“We’re owning each shot and making each roll.”
It’s a much better start for this crew than they had at the Scotties, when they had to scramble back after going 2-3 out of the gate.
“It’s a nice place to be,” said Nedohin. “It could have been 2-0 at the Scotties. I feel the same this week with this record than I did there. As a whole, I think the team is doing well. We were excited and looking forward to getting on the ice. Now that we have two games under our belt, we’re back to how we normally perform.”
Canada faces Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott in Sunday night’s draw is a game that will go a long way in determining the final pecking order.
It was a much looser Team Canada that took to the ice Sunday afternoon. Much looser than the team that squeaked out a Saturday night opening-round win over the United States.
“We’re just starting to get the feel of the arena and the ice,” said third Beth Iskiw. “We had to get used to a few things, so today we were more comfortable.”
Like the one in the fourth end that netted Canada its first deuce. Nedohin was a bit deep on her first draw, allowing Wang to freeze up on top of the rock.
“Oi, oi, oi,” said Nedohin. “The three of us told Beth that it would help if she gave us a bit more room. It was a great team show. That was a great turning point and we took it from there.”
Nedohin responded with a brilliant tap-back for her pair.
“I played it a little tight,” admitted Iskiw. “She drew it perfect and made a great shot. The two of us knew it was there and she threw it perfect. That’s a boost because that’s a team shot. The girls were close to it, she threw the right weight and a close line call.”
Another deuce in six, set up by second Jessica Mair’s runback double, gave Canada a 5-2 lead.
“It’s challenging when you’re out there on a sheet with a new set of rocks and a new opponent,” said Nedohin. “You’re looking at the way you throw and they throw trying to figure it out. It takes all four of us to do that. Once we got our deuce (in the fourth), we started to capitalize.”
All in all, Nedohin is happy the team got its second win with a total team effort. Lead Laine Peters helped the cause when she wicked off a pair of Chinese centre guards in the 10th.
“That was spectacular,” said Nedohin about the wicks. “Watching it on the replay and it was that close. Every position has their shots and that’s her shot. When you can own those, it’s awesome.
“Jess’s shot in six, Beth made some stellar draws, hits and doubles. As a whole, I like what I see in front of me.”