Thanks a lot, Pat

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

HALIFAX -- Pat Ryan did Randy Ferbey a favour here yesterday.

After his former third lost to Edmonton's Kevin Martin to open the tournament, Ryan handed Martin his first loss at the Olympic Trials here yesterday.

"We didn't play against Kevin back then. He was in junior,'' said Ryan, the former skip of Ryan's Express two-time Brier-winning rink, which won a world championship with Ferbey throwing third rocks and Don Walchuk, currently Martin's third, playing second.

Martin said he won with the big shot against Ferbey in the opening draw Saturday and lost by it against Ferbey's old skip in the second draw to start the day here yesterday.

"I had the big shot the first day. Pat had them this day. I didn't even have a chance to even try for one,'' said Martin of the 9-5 loss to Ryan.

"Pat played well. He made three straight doubles and triples. I'd say Pat was the story. He played very well.''

Ryan, who won two Briers and a world championship with Ferbey and Martin's third Don Walchuk, had a team high 94% and Martin a team low 78%.

Ryan and his old B.C.-based rink would go on to lose to Calgary's John Morris 7-3 in the night draw while Martin bounced back to score a 10-4 win over Mark Dacey of Halifax.

Martin (2-1) plays Shawn Adams (1-2), Ferbey (1-2) goes against Glenn Howard (1-2), Ryan (2-1) meets Stoughton (2-1), Morris (2-1) plays Jay Peachey (0-3) and Brad Gushue (3-0) meets Mark Dacey (1-2) in today's only men's draw.


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