Nedohin confident of playoff spot
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency
|Alberta skip Heather Nedohin reacts to a shot during their draw against Saskatchewan at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Red Deer, Alta., Feb. 22, 2012. (TODD KOROL/Reuters)
RED DEER, ALTA. - In a Scotties field this tight and unpredictable, four losses likely keeps a team in the playoff hunt.
That’s the way Alberta’s Heather Nedohin assessed her situation.
Nedohin finished the day off with a loss to snap a three-game winning streak, finishing the day with a 5-4 record.
After taking out fellow contender Michelle Englot of Saskatchewan 9-8 in the morning draw, Nedohin dropped a wacky 6-5 decision to another contender, Marie-France Larouche of Quebec.
Nedohin had a chance for a steal to win in 10, but her attempted tap-back behind cover sailed wide and tapped in Larouche’s rock for the winning point.
“I didn’t think the double was there,” said Nedohin. “We nailed it on the first one. I’m just really surprised (the rock) didn’t react the same way on the last one.
“The last time I played Larouche in nationals, she beat us in a game just like that in juniors. That’s what we expected — that it would be a last-rock game. Unfortunately, I didn’t make my last one.
“It’s always nice when you make the opposing skip make their last shot. I guess that’s where I’m disappointed.”
After giving up steals on three consecutive ends, Nedohin rallied with her own series of steals to take a 4-3 lead after six.
“I don’t mind giving up a steal when we have a potential to get three or four at times,” said Nedohin. “So, I’m going to be greedy and say patience is not a big deal in the early ends. It’ll come around.”
With Newfoundland and Nova Scotia on the radar to finish off the round-robin portion, Nedohin likes her chances to crawl back into the playoff mix.
“We still control our own destiny and thumbs up,” said Nedohin. “Going into the last day, that’s where I wanted to position us.”
The Alberta crew is a close second to Manitoba in team percentage and all three members of her supporting cast have the top or second percentages in their positions.
“All I can keep repeating and it might seem like the same story, but I’m very impressed by what I see in front of me,” said Nedohin. “We’re going to get it right when we need to and we’re going to work hard for those wins.”
“The girls are playing very well. They’re leaving me houses that are good enough to get our deuces and I like the way I see the team. We just need to take care of business.”
If there’s any sense of frustration, it has to be that this team’s results have not yet matched the numbers, which suggest this should be a team contending for a spot in the 1-2 Page playoff game.
“We’re not frustrated at all,” said Nedohin. “This is what we contend with all the time. We’ll find a way. It’s in our hands. We’ve positioned ourselves well.”
“The way we’re playing, we’ll be there in the end.”
EXTRA END: The game had to be stopped while the icemakers scraped up a drip from the roof that was dropping on the ice surface.
“It is a factor in the game, because you definitely see it in the pathway. Jokingly, I thought I was losing my marbles at times, seeing a drip come down. The icemakers do what they do and I don’t think it was a factor.”