A series of tight defensive battles that went longer than expected, and an upset, highlighted draw two of the Home Hardware Canada Cup on Wednesday afternoon in Affinity Place.
In her first game of the event, Jennifer Jones engaged Team Carey, who were fresh off a loss in the morning. Neither side found much advantage, with the score knotted at 2 heading into the sixth end. It took 11 ends to decide a winner, with Jones finding two points to win 7-5 and hand Carey their second loss of the day.
"I really struggled, just with the ice. Sometimes I thought I threw good ones and they just didn't work out very well. We're happy with the W, but we'll definitely have to be a little bit better," Jones stated afterwards.
A similar back and forth tilt was seen between Rachel Homan's crew and Team Einarson, both teams playing their first games of the tournament. Tied at 3 after five ends, it also took an extra end for Homan to find one more point, for a 6-5 victory.
"Both teams played really well. There were a couple shots both wanted back, but it was a really well played game for the first one out there," said Homan, "We had a shot to win there in 10, and I didn't quite throw it as well as I wanted to, so the girls battled through right until 11 and we made a good one in the last one."
Meanwhile, Scheidegger and Walker exchanged points, all the way to an 8th end tie at 3. However, 3 points in the ninth end gave Scheidegger a lead that Walker couldn't regain. They suffered their second loss of the tournament, 6-3
On the mens side, Brad Jacobs had a 2 point lead over Gushue heading into the 6th end, a lead he would only extend, forcing Gushue to concede after nine, 8-4.
"Just an odd end in the fifth, where it kind of got away from us. We were looking like we were going to get a force, and then we almost ran out of time and I had to fire one down there," said Gushue of the moment where things began to fall apart. He expressed that he's "not a big fan of the timing system," which forced some rushed decisions.
"For anything where there's any bit of complication in it, not even overly complicated, it's not really enough time. When you play a regular game, it averages out to four minutes, but you have a lot of ends where you're only killing two or three minutes, and there's a lot of ends that are seven or nine minutes. Four minutes, when you've got rocks to play, it just feels rushed."
Epping and Carruthers saw rather different script through five ends, though Epping gained two points in the 6th end to take a lead, one that they would hold to a 6-3 finish.
Draw 3 of the Home Hardware Canada Cup takes place at 7:00 PM Wednesday evening, as Jones takes on Robertson, Homan goes up against Scheidegger, Einarson goes against Flaxey, Carruthers faces Boettcher and Dunstone takes on Koe.