OTTAWA—Having a possible game-winning shot towards the Olympic champion is difficult sufficient for a younger skip.
Throw in some frosty ice circumstances and your probabilities get even slimmer.
All of it proved to be an excessive amount of for Casey Scheidegger, who gave up back-to-back steals on Tuesday afternoon handy Jennifer Jones an Eight-7 victory on the Olympic Trials. Scheidegger’s missed takeout try within the additional finish was the distinction.
“The ice was difficult in the long run,” Jones mentioned. “So we wished to make her need to make a shot and happily for us, she simply missed it and we bought away with a steal.”
Jones (5-Zero) topped the ladies’s standings after 10 attracts at Canadian Tire Centre. Calgary’s Chelsea Carey (Four-Zero) additionally remained unbeaten after a 9-Three rout of Toronto’s Allison Flaxey within the morning draw.
“I didn’t anticipate that to be fairly as simple because it was,” Carey mentioned. “They’re a greater crew than that. However we’ll take it as a result of we’ve had a few shut nail-biters that had been onerous on the nerves.
“So it’s good to have one which was somewhat simpler.”
Scheidegger missed an opportunity to maneuver right into a tie with Ottawa’s Rachel Homan at Three-1. As an alternative, she fell to 2-2 and may have some work to do to make it to the weekend playoffs.
“Simply not the best throw and difficult ice,” mentioned Scheidegger, who added nerves weren’t a difficulty. “It occurs.”
Edmonton’s Val Sweeting (2-Three) stayed within the combine after topping Winnipeg’s Michelle Englot Eight-5.
Calgary’s Kevin Koe was alone in first place within the males’s standings at 5-Zero after topping the beforehand unbeaten Mike McEwen of Winnipeg 6-5.
McEwen mentioned he was just a bit off together with his first throw within the eighth finish and it proved expensive.
“It doesn’t take a lot in a recreation like that to win or lose,” he mentioned.
Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., dropped an Eight-6 resolution to Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock within the different afternoon males’s recreation.
Ice circumstances appeared wonderful at the beginning of the draw however the frost buildup was noticeable as play continued. Moist climate and delicate temperatures outdoors didn’t assist.
Laycock gave up a steal of 4 factors within the first finish however outscored Jacobs Eight-2 the remainder of the way in which. Jacobs, who fell to 2-2, known as the circumstances “actual dangerous.”
“It was a completely ridiculous scoreboard,” Jacobs mentioned. “I believe they bought caught early as a consequence of ice circumstances and we bought caught late as a consequence of ice circumstances. It was simply too dangerous.”
Getting into night play, McEwen was in second place at Three-1 whereas Jacobs, Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers and Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., had been tied at 2-2.
Carruthers, who beat Toronto’s John Epping within the morning, was scheduled to play Gushue on Tuesday evening.
Because the Sochi Olympic champ, Jones has been within the highlight this week. She has been joined there by Homan, the reigning world champion and native favorite.
Carey has been simply wonderful with flying beneath the radar.
“The main focus actually wasn’t on us, which was nice,” she mentioned. “So we simply went about our enterprise and stayed calm, stayed collectively as a crew, discovered from our misses and saved getting higher and higher.
“That’s what we wish to preserve doing.”
Homan was to play Flaxey (Zero-Four) within the night draw.
Spherical-robin play continues via Friday and the finals are scheduled for Sunday. The winners will symbolize Canada on the Feb. 9-25 Pyeongchang Olympics.