Loser goes home

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:43 PM ET

A brand-new batch of sacrificial lambs could be heading for this year's provincials.

One thing's for sure - only one of the three skips who advanced to last year's provincials from the northerns have a chance to advance to this year's provincial at the Saville Centre.

Dean Davidson and Jamie King, winners of the 2005 northerns A and B events, face off in today's C Event semifinal at the Last Chance Spiel at 10 a.m.

Loser goes home.

Davidson and King won in last night's late draw just to make it through today.

Although remnants of John Climenhaga's team remain, last year's northerns C Event winner gave this year's playdowns a pass.

Davidson lost just once heading into the 2005 provincials at Innisfail.

Part of Davidson's troubles can be attributed to the absence of third Taylor Field.

"He's in the Philippines,'' said Davidson. "Last year, he only went for a month. He liked it so much, he decided to spend two months there this year.

"Bottom line, we're not playing well enough to win games.''

King's team cannot snap out its mysterious slide. The team has executed at a level much below expectations for a squad that has made it to the provincials final game twice in the last three years.

"It's everything,'' said King. "In our first two games today, we had chances to score threes or four with runbacks.

"We usually make them. That's a big part of our game. We're in a position now that we have to play our hearts out just to get back to the northerns.''


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