Carter knows 'conjurer'

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

DRAYTON VALLEY -- The last rock of the extra end was almost at the second hogline and second Carter Rycroft raised his broom.

"Spit," he yelled, banging his broom down on the ice and breaking it.

Rycroft knew skip Blake MacDonald's rock was going to go deep and a championship the Kevin Koe team had in hand would slip away seconds later.

"We're a victim of age and treachery today," said second Rycroft, who's in his first year with this team after playing the same position for Kevin Martin. "The crafty conjurer came through again."

The world's No. 5- ranked team had eliminated No. 2 Randy Ferbey on Saturday and were on the verge of being a feel-good giant-killer story against No. 1-ranked Martin.

Martin did not have his best day as both he and third John Morris were not as sharp as usual. There were plenty of overcurls as Koe took a 5-3 lead at half-time.

Then, the roof fell in on the 10th.

"I jumped the line call a bit," said Koe, who took responsibility for the turn of events. "It was in a tricky spot ... If it busted and hit the (rock) in the top eight, we give up two. I jumped 'er a bit early and that was my mistake."

Still, MacDonald had a second chance in the extra end to seal the deal.

There was a reason for Rycroft's demonstration of disappointment.

"It was right there for the taking," Rycroft said.

Martin felt for MacDonald.

"I feel terrible for him," said Martin. "We would have cheered like crazy for those guys. Especially Carter. It would have been great. They've done a hell of a job this year and they deserve to go.

"We didn't play very well and they did."

Yesterday, two shots did in MacDonald.


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