February 1, 2011
Hodgson in deep hole
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Colin Hodgson knows what it will take to make the playoffs at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships.
A long winning streak and a little luck.
"We've got to win out and cross our fingers," Hodgson said.
That's what it comes down to for Alberta's entry after games Monday at the Glencoe Club.
You can excuse Hodgson for whistling the classing Boomtown Rats hit from the 1980s, I Don't Like Mondays after the way things went. His Calgary-based rink lost 10-1 to the Yukon's Thomas Scoffin in the day's first draw and then fell 6-4 to Ontario's Mat Camm in the evening.
"Not according to plan," Hodgson said. "The first game, we weren't up to par on anything. The second game, we played quite well. We ran into a very strong Ontario team. They didn't miss much.
"I actually felt it could have been our best game of the tournament."
Hodgson's rink of third Michael Ng, second Parker Konschuh and lead Derek Clark is 3-4 and must win all five remaining games, then hope to be in a tiebreaker.
The squad from the North Hill Community and Calgary Curling rinks also must hope the effort in the loss against Camm's rink -- which took control of the game by scoring three in the fourth end to go up 3-1 and never looked back -- is a step in the right direction.
"In the Yukon game, it was us not putting rocks in play -- just missing shots. This game, it was Ontario getting their rocks in good positions," Hodgson said. "They got all the angles. They did a better job than us."
Ahead of Hodgson & Co. in the standings is Saskatchewan's Braeden Moskowy (6-0) on top, Newfoundland's Colin Thomas and New Brunswick's Jon Rennie both at 5-2 and Nova Scotia's Kendel Thompson and Ontario's Mat Camm both at 4-3 and the Yukon at 3-3.
On the women's side, Alberta's Nadine Chyz and her Calgary Curling Club rink continue to shine.
The Calgary-based quartet is the lone unbeaten junior womens' team at 7-0 and making it look easy after beating Yukon's Sarah Koltun 6-4 and then Ontario's Clancy Grandy 11-7.
Not that Chyz will say it's been easy.
"Definitely not today," Chyz said Monday evening. "We struggled a bit with the ice conditions. The past few days felt pretty good -- the girls were making everything, so it made my shots even easier. The switch over to the Glencoe (from the North Hill club), with the ice, we struggled a bit getting weights down. That threw us off a bit."
Still, she's not surprised her team of third Rebecca Pattison, second Jessie Scheidegger and lead Kimberley Anderson has won all seven games in what ends up being a 12-game schedule for each provincial represeentative.
"I definitely knew it was going to be tough games, so it wasn't a full expectation, but I knew we had it in us," Chyz said. "We felt we're a strong team and felt if we played the way we can, it can be a possibility.
"It's nice the way the cards went."
Chyz broke open the Ontario game by first scoring four in the fourth end but needed a three-spot in the ninth end to seal the deal.
With Saskatchewan losing 7-6 to Manitoba in the evening draw, Chyz's rink is in complete control, but she knows she can't look too far ahead. Trish Paulson's rink from Saskatoon sits at 5-1, while 2010 finalist B.C. Dailene Sivertson is at 4-2.
P.E.I.'s Pidgeon ready to return
The news is good for P.E.I. second Eric Pidgeon.
After spending the night in hospital when he collapsed on the ice, Pidgeon was back at the rink Monday. He didn't play, but after going through a series of tests and recovering for a day, is expected to be back in action Tuesday.
His father, Peter, said doctors said his son's issues stemmed from fatigue and the altitude.
"It was all of that and it plays on a person," he said.
After making sure he didn't have blood-clot issues, Eric was released.
Calgarian Dylan Webster played for the P.E.I. squad, having received word Sunday evening.
"It took a while to fall asleep," said Webster, who plays out of the North Hill club. "It's cool to be here.
"Their times, what they do for weight calls is the same as my team. It really wasn't a hard transition."