Lawes shrugs off bad luck

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — It could have been the undoing of a Scotties rookie, a pair of blunders leading to a night of bad dreams.

Instead, Team Canada third Kaitlyn Lawes shrugged off two disastrous shots in her first game as lousy luck.

It probably helped that her team escaped with a 7-6 win over Quebec, Saturday night.

“It’s frustrating,” Lawes said. “But it’s kind of just bad luck, because nine out of 10 times you’re not going to hit a guard that’s way off to the side and take out your own — or two or three of your own.”

In the seventh end, the 22-year-old rubbed a guard and took out two of her own team’s rocks.

That called for a pep talk from second, Jill Officer.

“She said, ‘I can tell you’re thinking about it.’ But once I did it a second time, almost even worse, I thought, ‘OK, that’s just bad luck,’ and I kind of laughed about it a little more.”

It was in the ninth that Lawes removed another Team Canada stone from the house.

“You can’t take it back, you can’t re-throw it, so you might as well just go out and try to make your other shots,” Officer said, explaining what she told Lawes.

Lawes finished the game shooting a team-low 68%, but her skip didn’t sound worried about it in the least.

“It wasn’t like she threw them badly,” Jennifer Jones said. “The one we just got so unlucky. Those are going to happen. She just made some tremendous shots out there and just played lights out. I can’t ask for anything more.”

Cathy-O Relieved: After dropping her first game to Saskatchewan, 8-6, Team Manitoba’s Cathy Overton-Clapham says a 7-4 win over the Yukon/Territories, Saturday night, spelled R-E-L-I-E-F.

“Always, when you get your first win,” she said. “We really didn’t play well our first game, and so you start questioning things. It feels good to get the first one under your belt.”

Several players said it would take a game or two to get used to the ice, which Overton-Clapham says is unlike anything she’s played on in 11 previous Scotties.

“There’s more swing than there has been at any Scotties, for sure,” she said. “It’s great. It makes for more interesting games.”

Her third, Karen Fallis, agreed it takes some getting used to.

“You have to anticipate it,” Fallis said. “You’ve got to be ready that they’re going to go sideways at the end, and you’ve got to make sure you throw the positive release so you don’t lose it early. That’s just getting used to the ice and learning it.”

Overton-Clapham takes on B.C. Sunday morning, New Brunswick Sunday night.

Jones has a Sunday morning date with the Yukon/Territories and an afternoon game against Saskatchewan.


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