January 26, 2012
Trio of Edmonton teams advance at Alberta Scotties
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency
LEDUC, ALTA. - Heather Nedohin's relatively easy day is done.
Now, the tough work is about to begin.
Nedohin and her Edmonton Saville crew scored a couple of convincing wins on Day 1 of the Alberta Scotties, moving into Thursday's 9 a.m. semifinal against No. 1 seed and defending champion Shannon Kleibrink of Calgary.
Kleibrink was the only seeded team to survive her opening game, advancing with a 10-3 win over Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge.
After pounding rookie Candace Wanechko 14-2 in the morning draw, Nedohin took advantage of a shaky start by No. 4 seed Renee Sonnenberg for a comfortable 8-4 win.
"Our game this morning, we just took advantage of our experience at provincials and knowledge of how swingy the ice can be," said Nedohin, who outscored her opposition 22-6 on the day.
"(Wednesday night), it was an advantage for us having the morning game and knowing how swingy the ice was."
Nedohin seemed convinced that teams that play twice on the opening day while the seeds sit idle in the first draw have an advantage.
"We looked at last year and there were some upsets in this draw," said Nedohin. "Honestly, I think it was an advantage to us to have played this morning."
Meanwhile, 2010 champ Val Sweeting of the Saville also had a two-win day to move into the other semi against Edmonton's Jessie Kaufman, a 6-3 upset winner over No. 2 seed Cheryl Bernard of Calgary.
Sweeting scored a decisive four-ender in the fifth for a 8-4 win over No. 3 seed Crystal Webster of Calgary in the night game.