Nedohin puts Canada atop women's curling standings
Canada skip Heather Nedohin shouts to teammates to sweep during their game against Switzerland at the World Women's Curling Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta March 18, 2012. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)
A new town, new ice and a bunch of unfamiliar faces.
None of that seems to be bothering Heather Nedohin’s Team Canada crew.
Nedohin’s ended Day 2 of the women’s world curling championship all alone in first place with a 3-0 record.
They won the nightcap 6-5 with a 10th-end steal when Mijam Ott of Switzerland threw her last shot wide and was unable to move Nedohin’s partially buried rock enough to score the win.
Sometimes, you have to be lucky to be good and Nedohin felt fortunate that she’s the last undefeated team standing.
“It’s not nice when you steal like that,” said Nedohin. “I like to see a skip make their last shot. As they say, you’ve got to put it in the place and they’ve got to make them.
“I’m surprised that she missed in the sense of how well they played throughout the game. By the scoreboard, it was a tight one.”
Nedohin’s squad was not particularly sharp and they lost control of the game giving up a seventh-end steal.
“It wasn’t necessarily either one of our team’s best game,” admitted Nedohin, “We’ll take it, but it wasn’t pretty. I’d like to play a bit more consistently throughout the game.”
Curling is a wacky enough game that sometimes a team need a break like Nedohin got. Heck, on the next sheet over, Russia stole a pair in the 10th to knock Germany out of the unbeaten ranks.
“I don’t like winning games like that,” said Nedohin. “I truly think it was Mirjam’s game. I was surprised at the weight she played on that shot. We’ll be happy to take the W.”
There’s an adjustment time and for a while, Team Canada crew found its stride.
“It’s challenging out there when you’re out there on a new sheet of ice, with a new set of rocks and new opponents,” said Nedohin. “You’re looking at the way you throw, the way they throw and trying to figure it out. It’s a little bit of a hazard out there. It takes all four of us to do that.”
The tougher the game, the more Nedohin likes it.
“This so-called pressure, we like it,” said Nedohin. “Execution-wise, we’re doing well as a team. I like what I see. As a whole, I think the team is doing well.”
The team was pretty loose when the day started.
“We’re 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.”
Nedohin started off her day with a 7-5 win over 2009 world champion Bingyu Wang.
Nedohin agreed that the win was a total team effort.
She had to make a tricky tap-back in the fourth to score the game’s first deuce.
“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 took a 5-2 lead with another deuce in six, set up by a run-through double by second Jessica Mair.
Lead LaLaine Peters fended off a charging Chinese team when she wicked off a pair of centre guards to set up the 10th end.
“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.”