Curse KOs two Kevins

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

LLOYDMINSTER -- The Curse of Lloyd has bitten Kevin Martin again.

Even though he's won more money than any other skip during his World Curling Tour career, Martin has never won here.

Never won? Heck, the crack statisticians who keep track of such things pointed out Martin has never even made it to the final here.

At least misery loves company.

Martin and Kevin Koe, who came here ranked No. 1 and 2 on the WCT money list, both got bounced in yesterday afternoon's semifinal round.

Martin could not recover from a fourth-end collapse, when he gave up a four-ender in a 7-6 loss to reigning world champ Glenn Howard.

And Koe gave up steals in the first and fifth ends in a 7-5 loss to Jeff Stoughton.

Both Edmonton-based teams took home semifinalist money of $8,000, enough to keep Martin on top of the WCT money list with $54,000 in earnings.

"The ice is fairly straight, so that's not really my kind of stuff," said Martin. "It was really straight today, so that makes it tough for me. Glenn likes to throw it a little soft and he gets a bit more curl."

Instead of being up two, Martin found himself down a pair after giving up the four-ender.

Still, Martin sounded less than disappointed after his 17-game win streak was snapped.

"Ummmm, I don't know, not really," he said. "The winning streak doesn't mean anything, unless you get up to 35 or 40. Then, it would be pretty cool."

It seems Martin would never bet on himself to win here.

"We gave it a good go today," said Martin. "Glenn's tough. Any time you get in a semi against Howard or Ferbey or Koe, Stoughton or Burtnyk, you're always in for a tussle. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

"It's not that disappointing when you lose to somebody good."

Koe's last rock Blake MacDonald seemed much more disappointed that his team came out flat.

"I'm not very happy, not at all," said MacDonald. "It's our fifth spiel of the year and we've only lost four games -- two to Ferbey and two to Stoughton now, so that's pretty disappointing."

The other loss to Stoughton was in the A Event in Bonnyville last month.

"We had pretty tough shots both times," said MacDonald. "The first end we had a bad end and couldn't get out of it. Same thing in the fifth end."

Overall, the two steals were indicative of a team that came out flat at the wrong time, leaving MacDonald with some tough bailout attempts.

"We missed some shots," said MacDonald. "I didn't think we were that sharp. They played well and we didn't. I'm not real happy about the whole thing.

"I'm certainly not happy with just getting to the semis, that's for sure."

Martin's next stop will be at the BDO Classic in Quebec, the season's first Grand Slam event in three weeks' time.

Even though the rest of his team may throw some rocks in Wainwright next weekend, MacDonald also plans to take a rest until Quebec.


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