RED DEER, ALTA. - You may thank the lord for the night time, but it’s doubtful Heather Nedohin would have agreed with you.
Until last night.
For the first time this week, Nedohin won a night game.
Nedohin’s Alberta crew won its third straight afternoon game, a hard-fought 7-4 decision over B.C.’s Kelly Scott, pulling the two-time Scotties champ a peg closer to the chase pack.
They followed that with a 10-5 win over Kim Dolan of P.E.I. in the nightcap, their first two-win day of the week.
At 4-3, Nedohin moved into a tiebreaker position in an incredibly competitive field.
In the morning tilt, Nedohin made a cold draw to the button after the team did all it could to send the game into an extra end.
“It was ugly,” said Nedohin about the final end. “Like Laine (lead Peters) said, ‘Thanks skip.’ I think there was one shot made that end. Thankfully, it was my last one.
Nedohin had been pretty hard on herself after Monday night’s loss and regained her confidence by making several key draws to the button.
“I would have preferred the in-turn, but that wasn’t available, so I’ll take it,” said Nedohin. “Sometimes, you’ve got nothing, To be honest, I was just hoping to narrow them down to one.”
Although Alberta had been ranked the second-best team, Nedohin’s Monday game dragged her down to sixth among skips.
“We need them all (wins),” said Nedohin. “The team in front of me is playing outstanding. I just needed to pick up my game.”
Nedohin even invoked a seldom-heard terminology to describe the speed bumps the team navigated through.
“We said there’s a farts dempere and do you know what that is?” said Nedohin, a gal of Norwegian ancestry. “In Norway, speed bumps are called farts demperes. Laine hit one, Jen hit one. On Sheet B, there’s a farts dempere. You’ve got to have humour about it or else, what the heck?”
Third Beth Iskiw heaved a sigh of relief once the win was sealed.
“That was quite scary,” said Iskiw. “I had a lot of confidence she was making it.”
It was the second great escape against Scott.
In the eighth end, Peters slipped and her broom touched a rock that was headed toward Scott’s centre guard.
“I may have dropped a couple of f-bombs,” said Peters “It just happened so quickly. My foot went out too far and I burnt it. I mean, you feel so bad when you burn a teammate’s rock.”
Yet, potential disaster was averted when Iskiw picked out a B.C. rock hidden behind two guards. Then, when B.C. third Sasha Carter flashed on her takeout attempt, a potential negative was turned into a positive.
“It’s OK, because I didn’t cost us a bunch of points, so that worked out,” said Peters. “I’ve never burned a rock sweeping like that. I’m sure I did somewhere in the hundred years I’ve been curling. All’s good.”
Nedohin has to make a tricky tapback to score a pair and a commanding 6-3 lead.
“It didn’t look good,” said Nedohin. “Those two guards worked in our favour.”
If nothing else, Nedohin has proven she can play with the big gals.
She’d already beaten four-time champ Jennifer Jones and Team Canada’s Amber Holland needed a sensational shot to beat Alberta on Sunday.
The more perplexing part of Nedohin’s week so far has been an inability to cash in against some of the field’s lesser lights.
Until last night.