FIRST LOSS for lo­cals


Lethbridge Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Emanuel Se­queira

Leth­bridge’s Casey Scheidegger rink suf­fered its first loss at the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts on Mon­day, fall­ing 9-5 to New­found­land

Sta­cie Cur­tis came out on top in a bat­tle of un­beaten teams at the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts. The New­found­land and Labrador skip de­feated Leth­bridge curler and Al­berta rep­re­sen­ta­tive Casey Scheidegger 9-5 in Mon­day af­ter­noon’s mar­quee matchup at the South Okana­gan Events Cen­tre.

Cur­tis is 4-0 and first in the Pool B, fol­lowed by Scheidegger with a 31 record.

“It is kind of a lit­tle sur­real right now,” said Cur­tis of the St. John’s Curl­ing Club. “We had a re­ally great game just now against Al­berta. They are a re­ally tough team.”

On Sun­day evening, Cur­tis took in some ex­tra prac­tice de­liv­er­ing her rocks with coach Eu­gene Trick­ett keep­ing a close eye.

“We had a cou­ple of games yes­ter­day and I wasn’t throw­ing quite as well as I wanted to,” said Cur­tis, a bor­der ser­vices of­fi­cer with the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment.

She said the prac­tice was a good tuneup prior to fac­ing Al­berta and the ex­tra work paid off by shoot­ing 91 per cent. New­found­land and Labrador as a team shot 80 per cent.

Scheidegger shot 68 per cent, while her team shot 77.

In other af­ter­noon ac­tion, B.C.’s Kesa Van Osch (2-2) de­feated Que­bec’s Emilia Gagne (1-3) 10-4 in eight ends.

“We had a tough game today,” said Gagne from Alma, Que. “We had dif­fi­cul­ties with the ice, with the weight. That is what made the dif­fer­ence today.”

Team Canada’s Michelle En­glot (3-1) de­feated Nu­navut’s Amie Schack­le­ton (0-4) 13-4 in eight ends. En­glot’s Win­nipeg rink is re­plac­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Rachel Ho­man as the Ottawa skip pre­pares for the Olympic Games. On­tario’s Hol­lie Dun­can (2-2) de­feated Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s Robyn MacPhee (1-3) 8-6 in 11 ends.

In Pool A ac­tion, Man­i­toba’s Jen­nifer Jones led 6-1 through four ends en route to an 11-5 win over Nova Sco­tia in the morn­ing draw. The five-time cham­pion sealed her third straight dou­ble-digit vic­tory with three in the ninth and fi­nal end.

“I feel like we’re play­ing well and mak­ing a lot of big shots when we have to,” said Jones. “We had some tough shots there today and we made them. “I feel like we’re in a good place.” Jones likes that her rink is get­ting some­thing from ev­ery shot. As a team, Man­i­toba shot 87 per cent as sec­ond Jill Of­fi­cer led the way at 86 per cent with Jones at 75 per cent.

Jones isn’t con­tent, how­ever, and says her team will strive to con­tinue get­ting bet­ter.

Nova Sco­tia chipped away at Man­i­toba’s lead with two in the sev­enth and one in the eighth to make it an 8-5 con­test. But Arse­nault wasn’t happy with her rink’s play.

“It wasn’t very good, we were kind of flat,” said Arse­nault, who curls out of the Dart­mouth Curl­ing Club. “I per­son­ally didn’t play as well as I have been.

“Skips have got to make saves and I didn’t make them. Hope­fully we will be back on track against New Brunswick (later Mon­day night).”

Wild-card en­try Kerri Ei­nar­son also im­proved to 3-0 to move into a first-place tie with Jones atop Pool A. Ei­nar­son’s rink kept pace with Man­i­toba with an 8-4 win over Saskatchewan’s Sherry An­der­son.

Games played in the Pool A late draw Mon­day night in­cluded North­west Ter­ri­to­ries vs. Man­i­toba, North­ern On­tario vs. Ei­nar­son, Saskatchewan vs. Yukon, and Nova Sco­tia vs. New Brunswick.

Scheidegger plays win­less Nu­navut this morn­ing, and Bri­tish Columbia in the evening draw.

Cana­dian Press photo

Al­berta skip Casey Scheidegger re­acts to a throw while tak­ing on New­found­land at the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts in Penticton, B.C., on Mon­day.

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