King-sized grief

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

INNISFAIL -- Another year, another missed opportunity.

Jamie King lost his second Alberta championship game in three years to Randy Ferbey.

Even though an 8-6 loss in an extra end was much closer this time, the hurt is just as bad.

It was King's fourth last-rock loss to Ferbey this year, twice in the last two days.

"They deserve it," said MacDonald. "Scott (Ferbey's second Pfeifer) made a great shot in the extra end. Not too much to say other than that.

ONE OF THE BEST

"This (Ferbey) is one of the best teams in the world. If you don't think that, you're probably jumping off a bridge. I think if we lived in a different province, we'd have seen a Brier by now. Good for them. I hope we'll be back next year and get another shot at them."

The contest was eerily similar to Saturday's pool winner's game as both teams held brief leads.

In fact, the game was very much in doubt until Pfeifer made a house-cleaning angle double that set up Dave Nedohin's winning shot.

"When I first threw it, I thought I was real tight," said Pfeifer. "The guys kept it straight. As soon as it hit the back one, I knew we were sitting good for the rest of the end."

King's last rock Blake MacDonald missed about every opportunity in the early going - a chance to score a deuce in two, a chance to hold Ferbey to one in three and a slightly off run-through, giving up a steal in four.

That gave Ferbey a 4-1 lead.

"We didn't catch onto the ice early - for some reason some of the shots didn't work out very well," said MacDonald.

But the game was far from over as Nedohin took his turn with the goat horns in Ferbey's high-risk, high-reward style. A seventh-end steal tied the game at 4-4. Instead of settling for a draw, Ferbey called an angle double for two that Nedohin missed.

WIDE ON RUNBACK DOUBLE

Then, another steal in eight. Nedohin was wide on a runback double that would have given him two.

"We kinda figured we'd be able to do that," said King. "We just couldn't pull it out in the end."

Ferbey swiped his broom in frustration at a rock and finally got their deuce in nine, this time on a routine hit.

"The mistake in nine was pretty hard to take," said MacDonald.

"We had a bad break in 10 when one of Wade's (second Johnson) picked. A bit of a mistake and a bit of a bad break.

"We had every chance in the world to win that game. We just weren't sharp enough, I guess."


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