Nixon and her Canadian teammates remained undefeated at the women’s curling world championships after American skip Erika Brown conceded in six ends on Sunday night in a controversial fifth draw matchup.
Both teams had heated exchanges with officials in the third and fourth ends over two disputed hog-line violations by Nixon, who was throwing third for Canada. Nixon’s sensored rock — which blinks red when its handle isn’t released in time — indicated she had hogged her throw in both the third and fourth ends.
The Canadians claimed in both instances that the handle malfunctioned.
“It was not a pleasant feeling. It was a difficult situation,” said a terse Nixon, who added with a laugh. “I’m still trying to get over it, actually.”
Canada came out strong in the first end, with skip Chelsea Carey making a difficult shot to take out the Americans’ one rock for four points. Brown just barely made a draw to earn a single in the second end, to cut into Canada’s lead and make it 4-1.
Canada lost its fifth stone in the third end over the first disputed hog-line violation. Canada burned its own rock after the lights turned red following Nixon’s throw. Her teammates kicked the rock aside because of the sensors, but Nixon argued that there was a handle malfunction and that her hand was clear of the handle before the hog line.
Brown and her rink pointed out that as the Canadians had burned their own stone, it couldn’t be re-thrown. Officials sided with the United States, pulling Canada’s rock.
“I’m not one to go over, but since we don’t have a jumbotron or a screen here it’s very difficult to know,” said Nixon, who had told officials during practice that her rock’s lights had been malfunctioning. “The biggest thing about that is I just wish someone had been able to tell me on the replay if I was over or not because either you’re over and you accept it or you’re not and you start to ride the officials.[…]