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OKOTOKS — Casey Scheidegger declined the standard post-game interview request.
She had just returned to skip her team for the first draw of the Sentinel Storage Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts after giving birth only eight weeks earlier.
Her new son, Ryker, was no doubt looking to be fed.
And the young lad’s mom could definitely use a cuddle.
Scheidegger had just been defeated 12-5 by largely unknown Krysta Hilker of St. Albert in her return.
Twice, Scheidegger gave up four on an end.
The victor suggested her opponent may have shown up her with her newborn son but she definitely didn’t show up with her draw weight.
“She was struggling with her draw weight and we definitely wanted to put her in situations for drawing because we knew she was struggling a little bit. Overall I think we just managed the ice a little bit better.
“Our first four-ender was unexpected. We capitalized on a few of their misses and got rocks in good spot and I had an open draw for four so I couldn’t really ask for more than that.
“The second four-ender was really unexpected,” said Hilker. “Scheidegger missed an unfortunate shot. She had a draw for one and came up light. So we stole four.”
Hilker said the team didn’t come to the rink expecting to take advantage of Scheidegger in her first game back.
“We definitely weren’t expecting to win. But we thought if we played our best we might be able to have a close game with them.
“I thought we played really well and read the ice really well.
“I think we came here as a little bit of an underdog so this is kind of nice?
Who are these gals?
“Two of us are from Edmonton, one from Spruce Grove and the other from St. Albert. Sydney Lewko, our second, is from Spruce Grove, our third Karynn Flory is from St. Albert and Heather Steele and I are both from Edmonton. But we chose St. Albert to be our home club,” said Hilker, who went on to score a 10-6 win over Kayla Sktlic in her second game Wednesday.
“Heather, Sydney and I have been curling together for three years. Karynn came on to the team this year because the third we had last year was getting knee surgery this season. Karryn has definitely been a good fit.
“We were in provincials last year when it was 12 teams but we were definitely happy to make it again now that it’s eight teams.
“This should definitely give us a lot of confidence going into the rest of the round robin that we can be competitive against the top teams and have good games.
“We know if we play like we can, we can be in close games against a lot of teams.
Scheidegger went on to lose her game on the evening draw to fellow Lethbridge curler Jodi Vaughn. Both Walker and Rocque won on the second draft switching Lacombe opponents to go 2-0.
EYE-OPENERS, FOR OPENERS
With long shot Hilker and her St. Albert team scoring a shocking 12-5 win over favourite Scheidegger and two unheralded teams from Lacombe both coming within an eyelash of upsetting expected playoff contenders in Edmonton Saville Centre skips Kelsey Rocque and Laura Walker, it seemed like everything was happening.
Marla Sherrer of Lacombe had Rocque in a 5-5 game through eight ends before losing 7-5.
And Nicky Kaufman of Lacombe had Walker totally on the ropes after scoring four on the third end and two more on the fifth. Kaufman ended up taking Walker to the 11th where she lost 12-10.
But something was also happening on the other sheet on the ice as well.
Calgary Glencoe club skip Kayla Skrlik scored on each of the first five ends in routing Jodi Vaughn of Lethbridge 9-3.
NOT LIFE CHANGING
Laura Crocker is now Laura Walker, having married Geoff Walker, the lead on Brad Gushue’s Newfoundland team.
But she said she hasn’t found a big change in their curling lives even with the new rules where each team is allowed an import and Geoff no longer has to concern himself with a residency rule. They make their homes in Edmonton.
“It hasn’t been much different at all as Geoff spends a lot of time in St. John’s when they’re not competing. We both compete so much that our days at home in Edmonton together are as limited as they always were.
“When we’re both at home at the same time, usually Geoff, my second Taylor McDonald and I will go to the rink together. It’s nice because we can always have somebody holding the broom and someone sweeping to maximizes the likeness to shot-making in competition.”
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