Ferbey falls for once

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

Quick, call the maid.

There's a big mess in the house!

Randy Ferbey had a chance to clinch first place in the Kia Cup A Pool at the Saville Centre last night. Instead, the five-time Alberta champ had his 37-game provincials winning streak snapped. Curling cop Mark Johnson handcuffed Ferbey 6-4 and took the inside track to first place.

As a result, most of the field is still in the hunt going into today's round-robin finale.

"It was a great record," said Ferbey. "The only thing I know for sure is Randy Ferbey will not be around to break it. "Something like that, hopefully they can remember for years to come."

Records are meant to be broken, but Ferbey figures this one will stand for a long time. The new provincials format has created a much more competitive field this year than it has in the past.

UNTOUCHABLE RECORD

"It'll never be touched - as long as my feet are still planted up above," said Ferbey. "I've always gone on record as saying it doesn't matter if Martin is in the field or Morris, you've got to play against the other teams also.

"You can't take anything away from the record because Martin and Morris weren't there ... you still have to play well."

If Johnson can beat Steve Petryk in today's 9 a.m. draw, he's in the pool winner's game. Petryk has snuck into a three-way Pool A tie at 3-1.

"Our destiny's in our own hands now," said Johnson's third Rob Bucholz. "As we all know from last year, first in this particular format is huge. Those guys are so tough to beat. We played them three times last year and they beat us handily in all three. It's nice to finally beat those guys."

A Johnson win would mean a longer path to a sixth title for Ferbey.

"Just because you lose a game, doesn't mean everything's over," said Ferbey.

Ferbey had been the last undefeated team left standing after Kevin Martin dropped a 7-4 decision to young hotshot Chris Schille in the morning draw and Johnson was stunned 6-3 by lovable longshot Rob Maksymetz.

Martin bounced back and took the inside track to a first-place finish in the B Pool with a 5-4 win over John Morris.

UPHILL BATTLE

"We know what the situation is but the problem is we don't have hammer," said Martin. "It's pretty tough to win when 90% of the teams are winning with brick right now. You look at that and it's ... hooolee .. it's going to be an uphill battle."

Martin, 3-1, takes on Brent MacDonald at 1 p.m. today. MacDonald is one of four teams with a 2-2 record in Pool B.

"It's a tough pool," said MacDonald, who can clinch a playoff spot with a win. "We knew that coming in."

Schille beat Martin in the opening game of the Canada Cup West here 14 months ago. Schille's rink includes third Adam Enright, who happens to work for Martin at Kevins Rocks n'Racquets.

"I think he's got him," joked Schille. "We've beaten (Martin) two times in a row now, so Adam's going to get fired pretty soon."


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