WAINWRIGHT -- Watched this movie before?
Kevin Koe took the question one way. Randy Ferbey took it another. But either way, covering this year's provincial curling final has been a virtual rewrite of covering last year's with a twist here and there.
"We've now lost to him five times in a row in the provincials," said Koe, who has watched either Ferbey or Kevin Martin play for Alberta in the Brier every year of the century so far.
Koe joined Martin, Ferbey and Glenn Howard as one of the top four teams in the world last year. But he's still No. 3 in Edmonton.
And that's the way it looks like it's going to be again this year as Ferbey beat him 9-5 in the 'B' event final last night to advance against Martin in tonight's 1-2 Page playoff system game.
"We haven't had our 'A' game for most of the year. Where we are this week is where we deserve to be. We're the third-best team here again unless we improve a lot in the next couple of days," said Koe.
Last year, Martin beat Ferbey in the 'A' event final on curling's 'Shot of the Year.' Martin beat Ferbey in the 'A' event final on the pick of the year here this year.
Koe and Ferbey ended up in the 'B' event final last year. They made the match again here last night. This time, Ferbey did it by scoring four on the seventh end and stealing two more on the eighth to beat Dean Ross of Calgary 10-3. Koe busted a 5-5 game against Edmonton's Jamie King open with a draw for three in the ninth to set up the other side of it.
Ferbey jumped to a 3-1 lead after three, watched Koe's last rock thrower Blake MacDonald come up short on a draw in the fourth to make it 4-1, watched MacDonald come up way short again on the fifth to make it 5-1 en route to another victory. The loss left Team Koe down to a last life in 'C' event, where they'll play Sherwood Park's James Pahl this afternoon, while Sexsmith's Kurt Balderston plays Edmonton's Ted Appleman.
And it's Martin-Ferbey again. Last year, Martin won the 1-2 game on the last rock as well.