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Team Peterson Steals a Win and Advances to the Next Round

Thursday Feb 25 2021
by Resby Coutts, Photo: Curling Canada/Andrew Klaver

(Thursday Afternoon) Beth Peterson earned a lot of fans today fighting back from down 8-4 after eight ends as her Wild Card team from Assiniboine Memorial earned a berth in the next stage of the Scotties national championship. Team Peterson had given up a three followed by a steal of one to trail 8-7. They scored a deuce on end #9 then stole singles coming home and on the extra end for the win.

Peterson drew the four foot twice on the home end to set up the steal. She threw a perfect draw to bite the top of the button buried and followed with a guard, forcing NWT's Kerry Galusha to try, unsuccessfuly, for a better bite of the button. Team Peterson advances to the next round with a 5-3 record and the third seed from Pool A. Rachel Homan beat Kerri Einarson : both finish 7-1 with Homan ranked #1 ahead of Team Canada. Alberta also finished 5-3 but is ranked behind Peterson due to a round robin loss to the Manitoba team.

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NEXT GAME: at 1:30pm CST Friday. Opponent yet to be determined

(Wednesday Morning) Team Peterson a Win Away from the Championship Round: After losing their first three games of the national Scotties, with a Wednesday morning win over Northern Ontario, Beth Pereson's Wild Card entry from Assiniboine Memorial has bounced back to win four in a row. They have a welcome break now until Thursday afternoon for their final game against Northwest Territories. Acknowledging both pysical and metal fatigue, Peterson said after the game "we're happy to have the break, to have the night off. This bye was in a good spot for us."

Peterson paid tribute to the role veteran Cathy Overton-Clapham has played as the team's alternate and advisor. "It is huge to have Cathy's experience. The third loss was a tough one and her experience was important in helping us rebound," Peterson said. Among other things, the Winnipeg skip said Cathy's help in game planning and trying to follow that game plan have been keys to putting the team in the position they wanted to be in - with the opportunity to advance to the championship round in their own hands. Sitting at 4-3, a win Thursday over Northwest Territories will assure the team of advancing.

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NEXT GAME: vs Northwest Territories at 2:30pm CST Thursday

(Tuesday Afternoon) Team Peterson Record 3-3: Beth Peterson and her Assiniboine Memorial Scotties Wild Card team improved their record to 3-3 with a Tuesday afternoon win over Mackenzie Zacharias and her junior champion team. Team Peterson led most of the way, scoring a deuce on the second end and leadoing 3-1 after six ends. Zacharias tied with a two of hewre own on the seventh end but Peterson scored singles on the eight and tenth with hammer for the win.

Team Peterson sits alone in the fourth place spot, with fouur teams advancing to the championship round. They trail Team Canada and Ontario (both 5-0) and ALberta (4-2).

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NEXT GAME: vs Northern Ontario at 9:30am Wednesday
(Monday Evening) Team Peterson Steals Victory, Improves to 2-3: A steal on the opening end and another in the tenth gave Beth Peterson and her Wild Card team from Assiniboine Memorial a 6-4 victory over Alberta's Laura Walker on Monday evening. Walker's hit for a possible two and the win on the final end over-curled to give up the steal.

Acknowledging the luck of that last shot, Peterson said after the game it was a very important team win after a disappointing loss on Sunday evening. The event continues to be an important learning experience for the young team. "Ontario and Team Canada are two of the top teams in the world and we felt like we wwere right there with them." It is an important lesson for the first time team - to be able to beat the best in the world, you must first play them and realize that you can compete with them!

With an outside chance of still making the championship round, Team Peterson must win their final three games. 

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NEXT GAME: vs Wild Card/Zacharias at 2:30pm Tuesday
(Sunday Evening) Team Peterson Record 1-3 After Sunday Evening Loss: Beth Peterson's Wild Card team from Assiniboine Memorial stole two on the fifth for a  4-3 mid-game lead over Nova Scotia Sunday evening but gave up a pair of deuces in the next two ends enroute to an 8-05 loss. Team Peterson's record drops to 1-3. 

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Alberta at 7:30pm Monday
(Sunday Morning) Peterson Loses a Close Game to Team Canada: Beth Peterson's Wild Card Scotties team from Assiniboine Memorial record has dropped to 1W-2L with a Sunday morning loss to Team Canada. Team Peterson matched Team Einarson most of the way this morning, gaining valuable experience along the way. Trailing by one coming home, Peterson made a near perfect draw to her own shot stone hoping that Einarson would jam on the double kill attempt. No such luck as Einarson's big weight hit cleared the two Peterson stones.

After the game, Kerri Einarson commented on the opportunity which Peterson's team and the wild card Mackenzie Zacharias team have with their first national Scotties experiecne. "I wish I had that opportunity that young," she said. "They (both teams) have a great future. They made a lot of shots and really put the pressure on us the whole game."

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NEXT GAME: vs Nova Scotia at 7:30pm Sunday
Rachel Homan's Ontario team had the Friday evening draw off but were ready to go Saturday afternoon in their opening game against the Wild Card Beth Peterson team from Assiniboine Memorial. Peterson made the game interestng with a nifty double kill to score three on the fifth end to trail 5-4 at the mid game break. However, Ontario controlled the second half and posted a 9-4 win. The loss gives the Petersoin foursome a split of their first two games.

After the game, Ontario third Emma Miskew said the team feeels very safe with all of the protocols that have been put in place. Skip Homan said they cant thank Curling Canada enough for the hard work that has been put into the event and acknowledged the teams are really fortunate to have the opportunity.

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NEXT GAME: vs Team Canada at 9:30am Sunday (CST)
Draw #1 - Friday) "A GREAT START" for Team Peterson: A perfect opening draw for Beth Peterson and her Wild Card team from Assiniboine Memorial - facing off against Yukon. After the game, the young Manitoba skip called it a 'great start' and acknowledged that yesterday's practice had been 'a bit shaky'. "It sets us up great for the week," the skip said in a post-game zoom media conference.

"It was mental prep but we felt well prepared," Peterson said.

Third Jenna Loder, asked about the atmosphere of the no-fans event, said it was just like another club game. "Never having been here, we don't know what a normal Scotties would be like," she said.

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NEXT GAME: Saturday 2:30PM (CST) vs Ontario (Homan)
Friday: Team Peterson Earns Final Scotties Entry: Beth Peterson and her Assiniboine Memorial team earned the final entry into the expanded 18-team 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. As the #3 Wild Card entry, Peterson, Jenna Loder, Katherine Doerksen, Brittany Tran, and alternate Cathy Overton-Clapham have anopening game against Team Yukon to settle the nerves before playing Rachel Homan on the afternoon draw Saturday.

Although they were the last entry,  the young Winnipeg team is actually ranked #9 in the field based on CTRS points. Their entry was confirmed when PEI's Suzanne Birt won her championship. Had Birt lost, her team would have been the third Wild Card entry as her CTRS ranking was higher, as evidenced by the fact that Team PEI is seeded #7 overall.

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