Ferbey blasts Martin

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Randy Ferbey shook off a couple of years of frustration with Kevin Martin yesterday afternoon at the Canada Cup of Curling in Yorkton.

Ferbey send the Brier champion to his second straight defeat, notching a 7-3 win in the 1 vs. 1 game.

The win not only send Ferbey straight into tonight's final, but it helps his cause in the points race for the final two bye spots for the Roar of the Rings Olympic trials being held in Edmonton later this year.

Martin dropped back to the semifinal, where he played Jeff Stoughton in a rematch of the Brier final last night. The winner of that game faces Ferbey (7:30 p.m., TSN).

Martin had beaten Ferbey six straight times at the Alberta final over the past two seasons.

"We're just happy to be in the final and to sort of get that monkey off our backs - probably an ape, actually," said Dave Nedohin, who throws last rocks for the team. "We never got frustrated by how we were playing. It's just that the results weren't there."

It was the second straight loss for Martin this weekend. After starting the Canada Cup with four straight wins, Martin lost his last round-robin game to Wayne Middaugh.

"Things were definitely going their way this week," said Nedohin, whose team finished on top of their pool with a 4-1 record. "Today, things didn't go their way. They had a game where they were a little flat and we played reasonably well. It was bound to happen eventally that we'd beat them and I'm glad it was today. We may have to do it again (in the final) but there's no guarantee of that."

In the women's event, Shannon Kleibrink advanced to the final (8:30 a.m., TSN) against Marie-France Larouche.


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