Canada defeats Switzerland in draw 3 of women's curling worlds
Canada takes defending champ Switzerland 7-4 in a close win
Every member of Canada's rink at the women's curling world championship brings something to the ice.
For Jocelyn Peterman, it's enthusiasm.
Skip Chelsea Carey led her Calgary-based rink past Switzerland's Binia Feltscher 7-4 on Sunday morning in Draw 3 of the women's curling world championship. The 22-year-old Peterman, who throws second, was all smiles after the close win.
Carey, Peterman, third Amy Nixon and lead Laine Peters only started playing together as a unit this season. Her teammates are veterans of national and international championships — both Nixon and Peters have won medals at world championships — so the youthful Peterson helps remind them of how much fun major events can be.
"I think they get a little used to [big competitions], so they're excited about how excited I am to be here and me taking it all in," said Peterson outside the locker-room at the Credit Union i-Plex in Swift Current, Sask. "I'm just teaching them to enjoy everything."
Although Peterman skipped Canada's team at the 2012 junior world championships, she's still learning from the rest of her rink.
"My teammates are so experienced I feel like that they're pulling me along, showing me what needs to be done," said Peterman.
It's so cool to be playing in front of a crowd this big.- Jocelyn Peterman, second for team Canada
"I've just been taking it all in, it's a pretty amazing opportunity. It's so cool to be playing in front of a crowd this big."
Sunday morning's victory was Canada's (2-0) second close win of the tournament after an 8-7 win over Denmark in extra ends in Draw 1. Canada was on the ice again on Sunday night as Carey took on Natalie Nicholson of the United States (0-2) in Draw 5.
Those close matches have been good experiences according to Carey, who said from the outset that her rink's goal was to learn about the other teams and the arena's ice game by game.
"We're just getting used to the ice and stuff," said Peterman, echoing her skip. "It's our first time playing on the international stage with all four of us, just getting used to that."
Feltscher, who started the game with the hammer, took a 1-0 lead in the first end with a simple hit and roll.
A series of runbacks by both rinks led to a scoreless second and third, but Canada took a 2-1 lead after the fourth as Carey picked up a deuce. The fifth was also scoreless after another blank, with Switzerland tying it 2-2 in the sixth with a simple takeout.
Feltscher stole two in the seventh when Carey's final stone came well short of its target, giving the Swiss a 4-2 lead.
"I just said 'if we had to throw that again what would we do differently?' and nobody was really sure because everything seemed like it would be OK," said Carey. "So let's assume that it picked and not worry about it too much because it was weird reaction.
"So we just went on about our business and it worked out OK."
Canada kept it close in the eighth, hitting a single to cut into Switzerland's lead. Feltscher missed tapping her own rock on to the button in the ninth end, giving Canada three points and a 6-4 lead.
Canada called a timeout to consult with coach Charley Thomas before Carey's last throw of the 10th end. The meeting worked, as Switzerland couldn't move Canada's well-placed shot.
Carey and her teammates hope to end a lengthy gold-medal drought for Canada, which has not won a world championship since Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones in 2008. Carey earned the right to represent Canada at the world championship after winning the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Feb. 28 in Grand Prairie, Alta.