Robyn Silvernagle’s rink suffered their first loss at the hands of Ottawa’s Rachel Homan Thursday afternoon.
The hometown team entered play on the back of a 9-5 extra end win over Nina Roth in the day’s early draw to carry a 2-0 record into a game with a birth to the playoffs at stake.
Despite a close game through the first four ends, Homan’s rink laid claim to victory with a triple in the fifth end and double in the sixth to end play at 8-3.
Silvernagle admitted the rink did not play a similar calibre game compared to their earlier draws.
“When you play an amazing team, you don’t get any breaks, that is for sure,” she said. “They don’t let their guard down and they really jumped on us when we're not making our shots perfectly.”
Moving forward, the skip was simple in her rinks strategy: “Play well.”
“That is all we can do. Make shots and let the outcome be what it is.”
The loss drops Silvernagle down to the B finals, where she will take on Silvana Tirinzoni at 11:30 a.m.
Lethbridge’s Casey Scheidegger rink picked up their second win at the 2019 Meridian Canadian Open, thanks to an 8-4 defeat of reigning Canadian and world champions in the rink of Jennifer Jones. It came in part to a four-point second end that allowed the team some breathing room early
Asked about the key to success on the afternoon, Scheidegger was quick to credit her teammates.
“That’s all I can ask, is that they go out there and make a lot of shots and they did that,” she said. "I was really happy with their play.
For Scheidegger, North Battleford also holds a special place in the team’s heart as it was at the Civic Centre just two years ago that her rink made their Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling top tier debut, going on to win five consecutive games to finish the tournament on their way to capturing the title.
Looking ahead, Scheidegger maintained a need to stay consistent and keep making those critical shots.
The win moves her onto the B finals, where she will play Roth in a bid to advance to the playoffs at 11:30 a.m.
Elsewhere on the ice, Scotland’s Eve Muirhead notched an 8-5 win over Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa in seven ends. The rinks third win punched their ticket to the playoffs. Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg fell to the rink of Silvana Tirinzoni 5-4.
Roth’s rink, the lone American representatives at the tournament this year, took an extra end to decide her match against Winnipeg’s Cary Robertson. A double in the ninth solidified her 9-7 win.
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