Heather Nedohin has rediscovered her moxie.
After stumbling out of the gate on Day 1, Nedohin could have been in deep doo-doo had she lost to a couple of tough Day 2 opponents.
After all, Manitoba and Team Canada met in the 2011 Scotties final. Any slip would have meant the Alberta champ could have been out of the race before it even got underway.
Nedohin fended off the schedule maker’s cruelty by posting an emotional 8-6 win over four-time Scotties champ Jennifer Jones.
Amber Holland’s Team Canada needed a phenomenal angle takeout to score a pair for a 5-4 win as Nedohin finished the opening weekend at 1-2.
“I always questioned that last shot when I gave them a potential for two,” said Nedohin, who went ahead for the first time after back-to-back steals. “But, great shot.
“I would say they outplayed us the first half, but we outplayed them the second half. I would have preferred to be 3-0, but what we do look at is how we’re playing and we’re playing well as a team. There’s a couple of things we can improve on, but tomorrow’s a new day.”
Nedohin’s opening-day loss to Kerry Galusha of the Territories may come back to haunt her.
“We had a tough day in Day 1, but we played well,” said Nedohin after her win over Jones. “On Day 2, we wanted to keep that flow going. Obviously, knowing who we played against toda) ... let’s bring out our A game. We’re pleased with the outcome.
“We had opportunites and we capitalized on them. When the momentum shifted, big shots happened at the right time for us.”
Nedohin took control of the early game when Jones didn’t help her cause when her last rock sailed wide on a tricky takeout attempt. Nedohin had an outside shot at a four-ender, but settled for three.
Her sixth-end draw to the button for a pair proved to be enough of a margin to not only get her team in the win column, but past a dangerous opponent.
An eighth-end measure gave her the deuce she needed.
“The team is playing well,” said Nedohin. “I’m pleased from the lead to me.”
Like in the Alberta final, chalk up Beth Iskiw’s performance as the key to the game. Iskiw was rated out at 86% and sits second overall among thirds.
The atmosphere in the Centrium was electric and Nedohin was feeling the love from the home crowd.
“Electrifying,” said Nedohin. “It’s so much fun being from Alberta in Alberta.
“This is what we play for and electrifying would be my word.”
Even though Jones battled back, Nedohin always seemed to have an answer.
“It’s not just this team, it’s every team,” said Nedohin. “You look at the scoreboard and the linescores ... there’s a lot of extra ends out there.”
Nedohin showed plenty of emotion and her body language expressed the joy of the moment many times.
“I think I would be a fantastic tennis player to watch, too,” said Nedohin. “I’m just having so much fun out there. If you watched me as a junior, I did the same thing. I can still do the moves, even though I’m now a mom.”
The loss against Team Canada was a different matter.
Nedohin’s rock ran straight on a takeout attempt in the fourth, allowing Holland a game-controlling deuce.
EXTRA ENDS: The skip that Nedohin threw third rocks for as Team Canada in 1999, Cathy King, won the final of the Alberta women’s senior championship in Lethbridge. King beat Jodi Busche 9-3.