Chyz sizzles in junior lead

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

CALGARY - The bye came at a perfect time for Alberta’s Nadine Chyz rink at the Canadian junior curling championships.

With a flawless 8-0 record in the 12-draw roundrobin portion of the 2011 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, the first instinct would be to keep going.

However, the foursome was happy to have Tuesday evening off to refocus for the final four games before the playoffs, which they’re close to clinching.

“It’ll maybe help my voice to recover,” Chyz said. “I was a little scratchy when I was yelling.

“It’ll be nice to regroup and start a new day.”

The Calgary Curling Club crew of Chyz, third Rebecca Pattison, second Jessie Scheidegger and lead Kimberly Anderson solidified their hold atop the women’s standings with a 6-4 win over the Northwest Territories’ Taryn Williams Tuesday afternoon at the North Hill Community Curling Club.

After Tuesday night’s draw, Alberta holds a two-win advantage over Saskatchewan’s Trish Paulsen, at 5-2. B.C.’s Dailene Sivertson, a 2010 finalist, and Manitoba’s Breanne Meakin sit at 5-3.

On the surface, it was simply a methodical win, but Chyz admitted her team didn’t take advantage of a couple of opportunities against the winless team.

“I just don’t think that we were really able to execute the way we wanted to. Whenever there seemed to be an opportunity, we just didn’t utilize it, so it was kind of frustrating,” Chyz said.

“We had lots of half-shots instead of full shots, and that was kind of hard.”

Case in point was the first end when the skip missed a draw for two and scored only one point. The Albertans also had a chance to steal in the ninth, but Chyz admitted missing on her guard, and that allowed Northwest Territories skip Taryn Williams to score.

Williams, the youngest skip at the championships at age 16, also made a nice double takeout in the fourth end, which kept Chyz from scoring more than two.

“We felt we had it in control,” Chyz said. “We just got frustrated because we weren’t making full shots. That made it seem harder. We weren’t executing to our full potential.

“Still four more games. It’ll be two more tough days ahead of us.”

Speaking of tough, Alberta’s Colin Hodgson is in tough to make the playoffs, but his North Hill/Calgary Curling Club rink took a step forward by beating the Northwest Territories’ Colin Miller 6-3 to snap a four-game losing skid.

Hodgson, third Michael Ng, second Parker Konschuh and lead Derek Clark are now 4-4 and must run the table to have a chance at a tiebreaker game, but first they needed to get back on track — and did it with Tuesday afternoon’s victory.

“We had control all game. We set up ends better and didn’t screw them up,” Hodgson said with a laugh. “We decided to go into this having a lot more fun. For the few losses in a row, we got uptight and were walking on eggshells.

“Now, it’s easier to play when you’re having fun.

“If we keep playing games like the last two, we’ll give ourselves a chance. The main thing is to come up clutch when we need to.”

Saskatchewan’s Braeden Moskowy leads the junior men with an 8-0 record after beating New Brunswick Tuesday night. Ontario’s Mat Camm is at 6-2, while Newfoundland’s Colin Thomas sits third at 6-3 and Nova Scotia’s Kendal Thompson is at 5-3.

Extra ends

Eric Pidgeon found himself back in hospital for the second time this week after again feeling dizzy and lightheaded midway through P.E.I.’s 5-3 loss to Yukon in the afternoon draw of the Canadian Juniors. The good news for the 20-year-old second was he walked into the ambulance, but he’s likely done for the competition.

“You work all year to win your provincials and … can’t play, that’s heartbreaking,” said his father and P.E.I. coach Peter Pidgeon.

Calgary’s Dylan Webster stepped in to curl with the team, which he has already done Sunday night and Monday, when Pidgeon was taken to hospital but allowed to return after being put through a battery of tests.

“He blends right in with us. He’s a natural fit,” said Peter of Webster.

“If we can get him eating lobster and boiled potatoes, he’d be right on.”

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