February 20, 2012
Nedohin rink gaining steam
By Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency
Heather Nedohin and her Alberta foursome are a much better team than their record indicates.
While other teams were winning the close ones, Nedohin’s crew were not getting rewarded for their effort.
Nedohin started off the day with a convincing 8-4 win over an upstart rookie Ontario crew skipped by Tracy Horgan, whose strong showing had been an early surprise.
Their night game against New Brunswick was still in progress at press time.
“I thought, again, as a team as a whole, we played solid,” said Nedohin. “I jokingly had the right miss at an OK time. We were able to capitalize on her misses.”
The rewards come to those who are patient and this first blowout win can do nothing but wonders for Nedohin’s confidence.
“Our motto right now is to be persistent, be determined and take care of the details,” said Nedohin. “Every game is so important. We keep looking forward to the next game and the next game is as big as the one we’ve just played.
“We’re just trying to keep it really simple.”
Both her losses in the early going of the 2012 Scotties came on phenomenal last-rock shots by the opposing skip.
“Our game is a grind,” said Nedohin. “It’s a matter of inches. Not even an inch — a centimetre, a fraction here or there. What we’ve got to trust and believe is our game is solid and outcomes will start coming our way. We just have to be persistent and solid about it.
“If you’re going to lose, I like to see a skip make a good one against us and, you know what, that’s our game. I hope the games go to our advantage, but the skips are making good shots against us to win.”
Nedohin has been nothing short of an Energizer Bunny on the ice and that helps her supporting cast get energized.
“It’s good,” said third Beth Iskiw, who’s turned up her game a notch since the team won Alberta.
“I think it’s really fun. I remember when we used to play against her, it was funny to watch.”
Now that Iskiw is part of the crew with the most entertaining skip, she accepts it’s part of the act.
“I don’t notice it as much any more because I’m used to it,” Iskiw said. “It was really fun to watch (Sunday) when we were playing Jennifer (Jones). I looked up at the screen. I don’t notice those reactions because I’m busy calling the line, but it’s pretty funny. She gets right into it, which is great for the crowd.”
Now that the team is getting the results and the team has had several tough starts under their belts, they head into Tuesday’s hump day with a full head of steam.
“That’s what an event like this is all about,” said Iskiw. “Sometimes you get the breaks and sometimes you don’t. It’s just important to not lose sight of our goal and our plan and just keep plugging away.”
It’s still early in the week and the team continues to be in a playoff position despite the tough losses.
“We just go out and do our jobs,” said Iskiw. “We just focus on all the details.”