Another split for Nedohin

Canada skip Heather Nedohin shouts to her teammates to sweep during their game against Russia at...

Canada skip Heather Nedohin shouts to her teammates to sweep during their game against Russia at the World Women's Curling Championships in Lethbridge, Alta., March 20, 2012. (ANDY CLARK/Reuters)

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. - Another day, another split.

Heather Nedohin started Tuesday off on the right foot taking a 7-5 decision over young Russian skip Anna Sidorova.

But Nedohin ran into a red-hot skip in the night game and lost 8-4 to Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson.

Canada remains in playoff contention with a 5-2 record at the women's world curling championship, one game back of South Korea and in a tie with Sweden and Switzerland.

Nedohin was never in the night game, giving up a pair of three-enders that put the Swedes up 6-3 at the fifth-end break.

In the troika she gave up in the third end, Nedohin was a bit heavy on her freeze attempt, allowing an easy raise tap. In the fifth, she was unable to roll behind cover, making for an easy hit.

“My daughter told me they were playing 100% on some things and I’m not surprised,” Nedohin said. “We were tucking around things and showing little slivers, but they played really well ... There’s not too many games I’ve supposedly played 94% and lost. I think the stats were a bit generous.”

Nedohin faces Korea Wednesday morning in a draw that will go a long way in determining Team Canada’s fate.

“It’s Tuesday and there’s a lot of the worlds left,” Nedohin said. “We need to play better. Definitely we can perform better. We know that.”

What’s more concerning to Nedohin is the state of second Jessica Mair’s health.

Mair pulled herself out of Monday night’s game in the seventh end and was replaced by Amy Nixon.

It turns out she has a stomach flu and was unable to answer the bell on Tuesday.

“She had a bit of a rough night, but she was feeling better this morning,” said Nedohin, who expects Mair back in the lineup Wednesday.

Nedohin’s foursome managed to dodge the flu bug at the Scotties in Red Deer, Alta., last month.

“It is what it is,” Nedohin said. “We’re very fortunate we’re in Canada. We have our own medical doctors, we have a good fifth who can fill in. If she needs a full day or even more, we’ll have her back in time for the playoffs. It’s all good that way.”

Mair's illness hit the team hard. Mair was a second-team all-star at the Scotties and was just one percentage point out of the lead among seconds when she went down.

“Yeah, it’s really crummy as a player,” Nedohin said. “You could see it in her eyes last night. She was crying. We all want her to be in. It’s hard not to have Jess, but we’ll move on.”

Mair is recuperating in a quarantine room by herself.

Nixon and lead Laine Peters are quite familiar with one another. They play on the same team in the Calgary Super League.

Nixon recently announced she’d be skipping her own team next year. She spent a decade with Shannon Kleibrink, winning an Olympic bronze medal with her in 2006.

“We were giggling at her last night,” Nedohin said. “She said was tweeting that she was eating mini-eggs and all of a sudden she’s in. That girl is multi-tasking. She signs off superstar fifth.

“You don’t want somebody who would get awestruck by the lights. Amy has not been to a worlds, but there’s no difference between the Olympics and the worlds. She brings so much experience to the locker room. We have a hoot out there with her. She just plays her game and fits right in.”

Nixon followed up her 98% on Monday with a 78% Tuesday.

“I guess I play better coming in cold.” said Nixon with a smile.


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