Missed shot helps Martin advance

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

WAINWRIGHT -- Randy Ferbey may not have had the shot of the night. But he had the line of the night.

"I'm starting to dislike them again," he said after Kevin Martin's defending Brier and world champion team scored a fifth straight win over Ferbey in the last two years at the Boston Pizza Cup provincial curling championship.

But last night, in the 1-2 Page playoff game, it was a shot Dave Nedohin missed more than a shot Martin made that sent Martin to this afternoon's final and Ferbey to a Sherwood Park showdown against James Pahl in this morning's semifinal.

It was 6-5 win in which Nedohin missed on a hit and roll to leave Martin two in the eighth end to essentially decide a wild and crazy game.

"I screwed up in the eighth end," said Ferbey's last rock thrower. "One mistake cost us big time."

Ferbey had a hog line violation with his first rock on the end.

"We missed four shots in that end," he said. "It always comes down to one end. Kevin Martin is the best in the world at getting out of trouble like he did earlier in the game. When we miss, it hurts. When they miss, he bails them out."

Martin second Marc Kennedy had a burned rock on the seventh end that Martin managed to overcome for one.

"That game had everything. A red light, a burn and they had about six picks and we had none," Kennedy said of the hog-line violation, his hitting the rock with his broom and Ferbey's rocks picking up debris on the ice."

The two Edmonton teams played the first end at warp speed, Martin blanking it with the hammer he earned in the A final.

Martin came up short with a second end draw to give Ferbey a steal of one. But a Ferbey miss and a Nedohin pick left Martin coming with an inch of scoring five on the third end, taking two instead.

It was an eventful game, as Ferbey missed his second and Nedohin his first again on the fourth end by Nedohin making a raise double for two.

Martin was forced into taking one out of a rock pile on five and Ferbey one on six when Martin made a big shot facing three with 10 rocks in the house and two more out front. When the front end burned Martin's first rock on the seventh end, it left him with one and a 5-5 game.

The eighth settled it.

Ferbey could only get one on the ninth and Nedohin came up short with his last rock on the 10th to leave Martin's last rock unthrown.

"Dave just needed a little less weight on that hit and roll," said Martin. "Dave makes that roll to the button on the eighth and they are one up with two ends to go."

Martin and Ferbey have not only won every single provincial title so far this century, they've met each other in every big game the past two years - the A event final and the 1-2 game both years - and the final last year.

Martin won all three last year.

TERRY.JONES@SUNMEDIA.CA


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