EDSON -- Like a thief in the night, Jamie King stole his way into the provincial final.
King stole a pair in the 10th end of last night's men's northern B event final, a 6-4 over Ted Appelman.
Fittingly, King scored four of his six points on steals and had hammer in just two ends.
This will be King's fourth provincials appearance in the last five years after missing out in 2004.
"We knew what's at the provincials and we really wanted to get there," said King.
The team was oh-so-close to qualifying through the inaugural Alberta Bonspiel Tour.
"We played in seven spiels this year, five of which were Alberta Tour spiels," said King. "We qualified in four of the five. Unfortunately, in three of them, we lost after we qualified.
"If we actually would have won one more game after we qualified, we would have made it through to the provincials without even having to go through northerns."
But that's all academic now. After being bounced by Doug Zingel in the A quarter-finals, King finished with four wins.
"We came in here thinking, 'Well, we'll just have to do it the hard way,' " said King. "And it definitely was.'