Double delight

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

Pat Ryan and Kelly Scott gave themselves an early Christmas present and earned a bonus.

The duo of Kelowna, B.C., skips won their finals of the Canada Cup West, earning berths into next December's Olympic Trials and a $14,000 winner's share to boot.

For Ryan, the Trials berth is a chance to put an exclamation mark on his career. He's done about all there is to do in curling other than represent Canada at an Olympic games.

"That's been my aim since '87 when I lost the final to Ed Lukowich," said Ryan, about his loss when curling was a demonstration sport at the '88 Calgary Olympics.

"I've tried, but I've never been back at the Trials. Looks like I have the right lineup now."

Ryan demolished both Kevin Martin and John Morris to get into the final.

"It's been a great day," Ryan said. "Our last seven games, we were four-up in the ninth every game. We're playing so well now. You want to go well when it counts and this is the right time until next December."

Last rock Jim Cotter broke open a tight game with a couple of spectacular shots in the eighth end of Ryan's 8-5 win over Winnipeg's Kerry Burtnyk.

HE'S DONE IT ALL

"Pat has done it all," said Cotter. "To be a part of this team, Pat and the other guys have given me all the confidence in the world. You can't learn from anybody better."

The back-breaker was Cotter's last shot in eighth, when he picked out Burtnyk's shot rock in the top four to score four.

"This is heartbreaking," said Burtnyk. "It's been something in the back of our minds since we lost the 2001 final to Kevin. He (Cotter) made a great shot. Basically, that was the Olympic Trials shot right there."

Ryan's second Kevin McKenzie is the brother of Scott, who stole a 7-6 win when Jan Betker's last draw went heavy.

"It's a good day for Kelowna, a good day for family and a good day for Jeanna (third Schrader)," said Scott.

"She's expecting and has to sit out the rest of the season. This was basically our last game with her this year. It's just wonderful. Who would have thought?

"This is just wonderful to seal a spot up when there's so few left. We definitely feel bad for Jan and the girls, but they'll be at the Canada Cup and maybe they can get a spot there."

Meanwhile, Brad Gushue proved last night at the Rideau Curling Club in Ottawa he's ready to play with the big boys.

The 23-year-old skip from St. John's, just two years out of junior, was all business in holding off London's Wayne Tuck in the men's championship of the Canada Cup East cashspiel.

Ranked as the No. 4 team heading into the tournament, Gushue trailed 3-0 early, but rallied to win the final 9-8.

NEWS NOT ALL BAD

The news wasn't all bad for Tuck, whose wife Kim earned a Trials spot of her own, playing second on the Brantford-based team of Jo-Ann Rizzo, who beat defending Ontario champ Sherry Middaugh of Victoria Harbour 8-5 for the women's title.

Rizzo's team earned $12,000 with the victory, but had actually secured a Trials spot with a semifinal victory over Heather Smith-Dacey of Halifax because Middaugh, who beat Rideau's Anne Merklinger in the other semi, had earned a berth at the Trials during a previous event.


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