Merciful end for drubbed Dutiaume

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:10 AM ET

DAUPHIN -- Beausejour's Reid Carruthers was kicking Valour Road's Randy Dutiaume 9-2 after five ends in a Safeway Championship playoff game yesterday morning.

But the 2005 Manitoba champ was forced to keep playing because the MCA rules state that the televised games must be eight ends.

Between ends, Dutiaume's third Dave Elias shouted up to Joe Pascucci in the Global TV booth: "Hey Joe, are there still people watching?"

SHAKE HANDS

Dutiaume was mercifully allowed to shake hands after the seventh end.

"We wanted to get the heck out of Dodge," Dutiaume admitted. "When you're down seven points, you don't really want to be sort of shown up. We're just trying to get the heck out of here because you're down seven points, what are you going to do? Like, it's hard to come back. There's just not enough ends in the game.

"We quit in seven but we were just hitting and they gave us permission to go. I mean, why would they want to keep watching us? ... I mean, it's no fun getting your ass kicked on television, I'll tell you that."

Dutiaume was asked if he was going to have nightmares about Carruthers after he clobbered him twice this week.

"You don't have nightmares when you drink yourself silly like I will be right after this," he replied. "The only (crappy) thing about this game is that the bar isn't open yet.

"(But) what doesn't break ya makes ya stronger and we'll be back, and maybe (Carruthers) will be on the other end of an ass-kicking next year."

BOUNCED: West Kildonan's Pete Nicholls then eliminated Carruthers 9-7 when the young skip sailed an attempted draw to the four-foot for the win with the hammer in 10th to the back of the house.

"I had the shot," Carruthers lamented. "All I had to do was put it full four and I obviously shot it a little heavy ... But (Nicholls) played great.

"I don't know if we necessarily proved that we weren't a one-year wonder but coming top-six in the province is a pretty good feat."

But his foursome still has a promising future.

"We're still building, we're still young," said Carruthers, 22. "You learn from your losses. It makes you want it more, anyway. I'm obviously a little frustrated but it motivates me to go and practise so I can put it on the pin next time."

DREAM TEAM: Charleswood skip Jeff Stoughton, second Rob Fowler and lead Steve Gould have been named to the all-star squad by the Manitoba Curling Media Association. Jason Gunnlaugson (Carruthers) is the third.


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