Ferbey's run over

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:16 PM ET

The reign is over.

Alberta will have a new men's curling champion today. Randy Ferbey hinted Friday night that even if his team would not win its sixth straight Alberta title, he could take a positive out of it.

Well, it happened last night.

In a moment reminiscent of the 2001 world semifinal in Lausanne, Switzerland, last rock Dave Nedohin's shooter did not stick after his in-turn hit.

"It's one of those stupid things you can't explain,'' said Ferbey. "We mentioned it in the ninth end. I think all four of us mentioned it. It was almost identical to Lausanne.''

A lone kicker remained, giving Calgary's John Morris a steal and a stunning 6-5 win.

"There is a positive,'' said Ferbey. "I honestly think a team that starts to win or wins over a long period of time, it becomes complacent.

"I've seen signs that we have become a bit complacent. We're not as hungry as we once were. Once you lose, watching the Brier and what not, we're going to say, hey, that's our show.

"We want to come back there and we're going to come back stronger than ever. We're going to work twice as hard as we did in the past - I guarantee it.''

37-GAME STREAK ALSO ENDED

After losing their 37-game winning streak to Mark Johnson Thursday night, Ferbey stumbled out of this provincial with three losses in his last four starts.

Still, both his winning streak and the dominance he's shown over a historic five-year run will go down in the record books as one of the greatest curling accomplishments of all time.

"It's been unbelievable,'' said Ferbey.

"I'll get over this in a real quick hurry, let's put it that way. I'm not overly concerned about it. I knew it was going to end sooner or later.

"We won five years in a row. I knew we weren't going to win 10 years in a row. Now, Ican kick back and become a fan of the Brier. I'm going to have a lot of fun watching curling.''

Ferbey holds a 16-4 lifetime record against Morris, but Morris has beaten Ferbey three straight now.

"Morris better thank his lucky stars,'' said Ferbey.

DEJA VU FOR DAVE

It was Nedohin who had the scary deja vu.

"We'll just have to try to put this behind us,'' said Nedohin. "But I'm sure this will be with me for a while. The ice was a bit tricky out on the wings. I didn't want it to overcurl.I threw bumper and it didn't curl.

You've got to make that.

"You want it to end when somebody beats you. Today, they played great but it came down to a shot I had to make and I beat myself. That's disappointing to the team when they played that well and we had a chance to win.

"It's not the way you want to finish it.Unfortunately, the year we planned is going to be over sooner than we'd hoped. That'll be more in our minds than the five-year streak.''


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