Morris loses, but gets Cup berth

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

John Morris got one wish -- but wishes he'd come up with a better performance in the Canada Cup West semifinal yesterday.

"Games like this make you stronger," said Morris, after dropping a 7-3 semifinal decision to Pat Ryan.

"We've had a lot of games like this, so we should be the strongest team out there."

Still, the two-time world junior champ, who's now based out of Calgary, got the Canada Cup berth he was wishing for out loud on Friday night.

Ryan also earned an invitation to the event, being held the weekend after Edmonton's Brier.

Kevin Martin and Kerry Burtnyk are also in, even though Martin dropped yesterday's quarter-final to Burtnyk.

Martin gets another Olympic Trials shot at the Canada Cup based on his status as top-rated Canadian Team Ranking System points survivor.

That spot opened up when already-qualified Randy Ferbey advanced to the semifinal with a win against Jamie King.

"This is big for us," said Martin. "Glenn Howard (closest CTRS rival) didn't qualify in the Canada Cup East, so we have a chance to get enough points in Kamloops that he may not be able to catch us at the end of the season."

All four women's semifinalists earned invitations to the Canada Cup -- Shannon Kleibrink, Kelly Scott, Jan Betker and Michelle Englot.


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