Kleibrink struggles at Strauss

Calgary Sun staff

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

Shannon Kleibrink got off to a rough start yesterday at the Strauss Canada Cup of Curling.

The Olympics-bound Calgary skip lost 6-5 to Fredericton's Sandy Comeau to open the $180,000 spiel in Kamloops, B.C. before recovering to win her second game.

Kleibrink, the defending champion, was certainly off her game, curling at only 64% and combined with third Amy Nixon, second Glenys Bakker and lead Christine Keshen for a team average of 66%.

Kleibrink, who earned a trip to Turin, Italy, by winning the Canadian Olympic trials at Halifax in December, started on the right foot with a deuce in the second end before stealing one in the third.

Comeau bounced back for a single in the fourth and steals of one in the fifth and sixth.

Kleibrink went back up by two but Comeau tied it in the eighth and then stole the winning point in the ninth.

Kleibrink recovered in last night's late draw with a 7-6 win over Winnipeg's Janet Harvey, who won the Manitoba title Sunday.

Calgary's Heather Rankin opened her first Canada Cup with an 8-5 loss to Harvey.

On the men's side, Calgary's John Morris earned a 5-3 win over Regina's Glen Despins, stealing a point in each of the third, fourth and fifth ends.

Defending men's champ Kevin Martin beat Bob Ursel of Vernon, B.C., 6-5 and five-time world champ Randy Ferbey edged Brad Heidt of Kerrobert, Sask., 8-7.

Men's Olympic rep, Brad Gushue of St. John's, Nfld., outgunned Kelowna's Jim Cotter 8-3. Gushue stole singles in the third, fourth and fifth ends to take a 4-0 lead.

Although Cotter battled back, Gushue dropped a four in the eighth to wrest control back.


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