Lead Rachel Brown, left, and second Dana Ferguson sweep for skip Val Sweeting. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO
The momentum gained from a Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling win doesn’t seem to carry into the next event.
Edmonton’s Val Sweeting and her team of third Lori Olson-Jones, second Dana Ferguson and lead Rachel Brown fell 6-4 to Team Scheidegger in the opening draw of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Masters event at the Centennial Civic Centre on Tuesday afternoon.
Casey Scheidegger’s all-Alberta crew battled the Tour Challenge Cup champion Sweeting to a 2-0 lead in the second end, dropped back 3-2 in the third and surged ahead 6-3 on their opponent’s missed shots over the next three turns.
“We were able to get a couple of breaks early in the ends,” said second Jessie Scheidegger, who is joined on the team by third Cary-Anne McTaggart and lead Kristie Moore.
“I think we just caught on a little faster to the ice and we were able to capitalize and put the pressure on Val. It was really tough trying to learn the ice and I think we were a little quicker in that and we got fortunate a couple of times.”
After Casey hit a double knockout on the final shot to force a blank in the first end, her third drew the counter in the second that touched a Sweeting rock in the middle ring before resting nearest to the button.
Sweeting attempted a double knockout in the eighth, but only got one giving Scheidegger the deuce.
Team Sweeting scored the triple in the third by engaging in a back-and-forth hit and stick before placing two counters in the middle ring on the skip’s first rock.
Casey wrecked on her own guard on the following shot allowing Sweeting to draw for the third point.
Sweeting’s wheels fell off in the next end as the skip knocked out their own counter on her final shot, allowing Scheidegger to go up by two.
A Sweeting missed shot off a guard with the hammer gave her opponent a one-point steal in the fifth, while an inability to knock two counters out in the sixth led to another steal.
A third try helped Team Sweeting get back to within two in the seventh, but it also gave Team Scheidegger hammer and a two-point lead heading into the eighth and final end. Sweeting offered the handshakes after Casey’s draw to the button on her first throw.
“Each event is its own thing,” said Sweeting, who played before a throng of cheering fans from her adopted hometown of Vegreville, Alta., during the match.
“All the teams are really good, so you have to go out there and be your best every game. Otherwise you lose like we did. We’d like to win another slam, but we’re just trying to figure it out and take it game by game.”
Masters opening day notes: Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones beat Sherry Middaugh of Cold Water, Ont., 7-3, Switzerland’s Alina Paetz topped the Mississauga, Ont., team of Jacqueline Harrison 8-6 and Russia’s Anna Sidorova bested American Jamie Sinclair 6-5 in the other Draw 1 matches.
Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock notched a 7-5 win against Winnipeg’s Pat Simmons, Mike McEwen’s Manitoba capital team shut out American John Shuster 8-0, reigning world champion Brad Gushue edged Scotland’s Kyle Smith 7-6, Calgary’s Kevin Koe beat Winnipeg’s Jason Gunnlaugson 7-3 and Manitoba’s Michelle Englot trounced Ottawa’s Rachel Homan 5-3 in the second draw.