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Nedohin wins, advances to semifinals at Scotties

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KINGSTON, ONT. -- Team Canada’s Heather Nedohin regained her championship form when it mattered most and will now play in Sunday’s semifinal here at the Canadian womens curling championship.

Riding a two-game losing streak and having lost four of her last five games, Canada’s Nedohin schooled B.C.’s Kelly Scott 8-4 here Saturday afternoon in the page playoff 3 vs 4 game.

The loss eliminated B.C. and advanced Nedohin’s team to Sunday morning’s semifinal against the loser here tonight of the page playoff 1 vs 2 game between Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones and Ontario’s Rachel Homan (6 p.m. CT, TSN).

"I thought the team played, I’d have to say on fire, right from the start. We definitely came out with some determination in our eyes," said Nedohin.

It was the opposite story from B.C.

"We were just completely fooled there the first few ends," said Scott. "We thought it would curl and it ran straight, and vice-versa. I don’t know what I attribute that to -- whether it was the sheet or our rocks. But we’re going to have to figure that out for tomorrow."

Scott will play the loser of the semifinal in Sunday afternoon’s bronze medal game.

B.C. had won five straight games coming into Saturday’s contest but the team failed to adjust to changed ice conditions, giving up three steals in the first five ends and squandering the advantage of hammer they had to start the game.

Already leading 3-1, Nedohin effectively sealed the deal in the sixth end, playing a nifty split on a Team Canada stone just in front of the rings to spill two more counters into the house and score a back-breaking three ender.

Team Canada won their Canadian championship in 2012 through the 3-vs.-4 game, beating Quebec, Manitoba and B.C. in playoff succession to complete a Cinderella run.

Nedohin will now await the result of tonight’s Manitoba-Ontario clash. Manitoba won the round-robin matchup between the two teams on Thursday and went on to finish the round-robin undefeated. Ontario finished at 10-1, their only blemish the loss to Manitoba.

The winner of the 1- vs.-2 game will advance directly to Sunday evening’s championship final.

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