Martin, Bernard finish with a flurry

GEORGE KARRYS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. -- It was always about the Olympics.

Nearly two months after the curling-crazed party in Vancouver, Canada's heavy medallists cashed in again before hitting the golf course.

Edmonton's Kevin Martin scored an 8-7, extra-end victory over 2006 Olympic champion Brad Gushue of St. John's on Sunday to win the Grey Power Players' Championship.

Leading 5-3 in the sixth end, Martin lost control as Gushue snapped a three-ender for a 6-5 lead. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic champs then rallied and scored a pair in the seventh and forced Gushue into a tricky double-takeout for the tying point in the eighth.

Facing two, Martin made a classic in-turn draw for the win, which also clinched the Capital One Cup, symbollic of Grand Slam supremacy, and an extra $50,000.

The Martin squad has won 32 consecutive games since a Grand Slam event in late January.

Martin is certainly ready for golf: He has bought into a course in Palm Springs and his team recently announced a sponsorship deal with Callaway Golf.

"We'll take some time away, swing some clubs, and then meet in August," said Martin. "But we start (off-ice) training in May. You can't be complacent, or you'll just get passed."

On the women's side, Cheryl Bernard stepped on to the ice for the first time since her Olympic silver effort nearly two months earlier and discovered she still has her mojo. Her Calgary squad defeated city rival Crystal Webster 6-4 to win the TPC title.

The victory, coupled with her quarterfinal win over the other Team Canada, Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones, also gave her the women's Cup.

Jones, who won bronze at the women's worlds, finished second in the Cup race.

"I think we just wanted to come out and prove that (the Olympics) wasn't just a one-off thing," Bernard said. "We are having a good year and this is something we wanted to show. It was really important not to show any complacency. Not to just come out and say (Vancouver) was good enough."

Team Kevin Koe, crowned world men's champions in Italy less than 48 hours before arriving in northern B.C., battled jet lag by staying up late and continuing their celebrations. They made a good showing, falling to Gushue in the semifinals.

Amid the end-of-season salutes were those from teams that said goodbye for the last time.

The EnCana Centre exploded in cheers and chants when Edmonton's Randy Ferbey was eliminated in the quarterfinals. The Ferbey Four, which won four Brier and three world titles through the 2000s, has called it quits after more than a decade.

"I thought I was going to (cry) out there, I did, a little," said Ferbey, who will join Team Gushue next season. "There may be more later."

Team Jeff Stoughton also competed in Dawson Creek for the last time, as they will split into three Winnipeg squads next season. Their semifinal loss to Martin prompted brushes, jerseys, and gloves to be thrown into the screaming crowds

GEORGE KARRYS IS: CURLINGURU.COM


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