Dutiaume where he wants to be

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

Don't try to tell Randy Dutiaume it was a meaningless game.

The Valour Road skip couldn't help curse the one that got away yesterday, a day after he lost the Safeway Lucerne Event final of the MCA Bonspiel to junior up-and-comer Adam Norget.

Dutiaume dropped an 8-7 decision to Norget Monday night, ending his team's bid to become the first undefeated Grand Aggregate winner since Kerry Burtnyk in 1988.

"It was a game that didn't really mean anything because we were already in the Select and the Grand Aggie was a bit of a bonus, but it's only been done (a few times) where somebody has gone undefeated through the bonspiel," Dutiaume said yesterday.

"From a historic standpoint, I love the game so much and I wanted to be associated with that kind of history."

Dutiaume's foursome, which includes former provincial champions Dave Elias and Shane Kilgallen (with Mark Lukowich in 2002), is seeded ninth for the Safeway Select.

Many people expected the team to be higher, but Dutiaume said the team, which has only been together for a few weeks, is right where it belongs.

"I've only had mediocre success at the Select," he said. "I've been here eight or nine times now and I've never qualified ... not even in the hunt. But two guys who are with me have won it all and that brings a different dimension."

PEBBLES: Global television will again broadcast the final five draws of the Select, starting Saturday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. Last year's Saturday evening contest on Global drew more than 100,000 viewers, putting it ahead of Hockey Night in Canada in Manitoba.


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