One of those days

ANGELA MacISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:21 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- All they could do was laugh.

No tears, no broom throwing, no tantrums, just lots of giggles and shoulder shrugging.

That's how the Renee Sonnenberg rink left the ice yesterday, shut out 8-0 by four-time provincial champ Deb Santos of Edmonton.

"Sometimes you just have a game like that," third Nikki Smith said. "With that game ... whatever, we're just going to shrug it off. There's nothing we can do."

Smith, Sonnenberg's sister who lives in Chestermere, knew there was no question in her mind she would join the Grande Prairie rink on the competitive scene this season.

Smith spared for her sibling last season, when Sonnenberg's third hurt her knee. When that same teammate decided to take a year off from curling, the team turned to Smith.

"I went to two spiels with them last year and we did really well," Smith said. "So it was natural that we ended up together."

Sonnenberg entered yesterday's action with a 2-0 record but, by the end of the day, fell to 2-2.

She faced defending champ Shannon Kleibrink of Calgary in the morning and lost 11-4, giving up a four-ender that turned the tables in Kleibrink's favour.

"Shannon made a really nice angle runback for four to set the tone for the next five ends," Smith said. "If we don't give them that four ... well, the score wasn't really indicative of what happened."

Against Santos, nothing went right.

The two sides blanked the first end and then Sonnenberg flashed on an open hit to blank the second, giving Santos a steal of one.

Santos stole all eight of her points, including deuces in the third and seventh ends.

STRONG START: John Morris of Calgary started the 2005 Canadian Open with a 2-0 day.

Morris dumped Guy Hemmings of Quebec 10-4 and Kerry Burtnyk of Winnipeg 8-3 to get off on the right foot.


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