Heather Nedohin and her Alberta crew just can't seem to get any consistency.
Their lose-win-lose pattern continued last night with a disappointing 8-5 loss to surging Rebecca Atkinson of New Brunswick.
After Nedohin wrestled control of the game with a fourth-end deuce, she gave it right back on a three-ender in the fifth.
Nedohin's final rock in the end drifted wide and deep on an attempted freeze, giving Atkinson an easy draw for the troika.
But even that shot was not without its dramatic moment as New Brunswick second Jillian Babin slipped. Even though Nedohin thought Babin's broom had touched the running rock, replays determined that the rock was not burned. After that, the result was inevitable.
"Unfortunately, I let the team down," said Nedohin, who took the rap for the loss. "I didn't play as well as I wanted to. We had lots of opportunity and I let them slip away.
"The girls in front of me played well and I have to say I struggled. We skips can have a non-perfect game and that happened to be mine for the week."
"It happens and it's OK. I'll shake it off. Tomorrow's another day."
Alberta finished the day at 2-3. About the only good news is that she's in a huge six-team, three-loss pack.
With a flu bug threatening the event, injuries, sweepers slipping and falling at a rate matched only by Humpty Dumpty -- the teams left standing when the playoff round gets underway on Friday is still wide-open.
B.C.'s Kelly Scott dropped out of the undefeated ranks in the late game.
Even with a sub-.500 record, Nedohin's team is just one game out of a playoff spot and a two-win day would put them right back in the race.
"That's the nature of this game out here," said Nedohin about the tight race. "You're going to win some, you're going to lose some. Sometimes they're tight. I expect this from the whole field. Tomorrow's a new day."
Nedohin started off the day with a convincing 8-4 win over an upstart rookie Ontario crew skipped by Tracy Horgan.
"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."
Neohin was unable to keep it up, though.
"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."