Local rink set to face Lois Fowler
Lorraine Arguin and her rink just keep checking off goals this week.
Connie Fritzler, left, and Lorraine Arguin, right, sweep stones as Shelly Urquhart looks on during the Super League 'A' Final in mid-March at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre. Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
They have only one more left to accomplish.
“Goal one was to get to the playoffs. Goal two was to win the semifinal and now we are on to goal three, which is to win the final,” stated Arguin.
Arguin and her Moose Jaw team of DondaLee Deis, Shelly Urquhart and Connie Fritzler are headed to the final at the Canadian Senior Women’s Curling Championship after defeating Marilyn Bodogh 7-4 in the semifinal on Friday in Yellowknife, N.W.T.
This was the second time that Arguin beat Bodogh this week.
We are excited to having accomplished that goal twice,” she said. “This is pretty awesome. We haven’t even had time to digest it as we just walked off the ice after our meeting with the officials.”
Arguin stole three points in the third end and added singles in the fifth, seventh and a big point in the ninth to seal the victory. The teams shook hands after the ninth end.
“It (third end) was definitely a turning point as we stole three and it gave us a little bit of momentum,” said Arguin. “But it was so darn early in the game that we couldn’t even think of anything in terms of momentum. It could turn around anytime. We didn’t want that to happen.”
Arguin forced Bodogh to make tough shots, but the ninth end proved to be important for Arguin, as she had to make a difficult shot in order to score the final point of the game.
“Marilyn was sitting two — one top four and one back button behind the guard,” Arguin explained. “I had to come around and I had just the perfect weight and the girls swept it perfectly. We got our one and that was key because she was very close to stealing on me in that end.”
The game was played in the arena, which is where Arguin had some difficulties early in the week.
“We were in the arena and now having a couple games back-to-back in the arena has been helpful. We are comfortable with the ice, which was nice and keen,” she said. “The one advantage for us was that we played on sheet B last night (Thursday). We played our game against PEI on the sheet, so that gave us a bit of confidence.”
Prior to the game, Arguin’s team also had pick of which rock colour and hammer because she had beat Bodogh earlier in the tournament. The crowd also played into the game for the local rink.
“We picked the red rocks, which was what we were comfortable with. We felt really good about that,” she said. “There were a lot more people in the crowd too because a lot of the teams were out watching the games. We had a full fans out there yelling Saskatchewan, so that we exciting.”
The team will have a quick turnaround as they play Manitoba’s Lois Fowler in the final Saturday afternoon. They are a confident group going into the ultimate game.
“It is just one game and sometimes it is just one or two shots that end up making the big turnaround. We are hoping it goes in our favour,” said Arguin. “We will come out with the same game plan we did today and see what happens.”
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