Martin wins Canada Cup

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

It's hard to keep a good team down.

Fresh off his Brier win last weekend, Kevin Martin scored am 8-5 win over Randy Ferbey in last night's Canada Cup final at Yorkton.

Martin gave up a four-ender to Ferbey in the third end and facing a 4-1 deficit.

"It feels good after giving up a four, almost five in the third," said Martin. "It showed a lot for our guys to hang in there."

But ice conditions stumped Ferbey late in the contest. Martin took full advantage, scoring seven of the last eight points to win going away.

"That was a big steal (of one) in five," said Martin, who also stole a pair in the eighth. "There was definitely some character there to be down 4-1 to Randy and Co. ... boy it's tough to come back."

Martin's third Canada Cup title netted his team $25,000, plus $3,200 for their four round-robin wins.

Ferbey could have made his attempt to qualify for the Dec. 6-13 Olympic trials in Edmonton easier with the win. Still, he managed to close some ground on Jeff Stoughton and Kevin Koe in the three-year CTRS race, the first criteria used to name the third team to qualfiy directly to the trials.

Martin and Glenn Howard have already qualified.

Meanwhile, Shannon Kleibrink became the first female skip to win the Canada Cup of Curling twice by beating Marie-France Larouche 6-4 in the women's final.

"We won in 2005 and to repeat at something like this is pretty cool," said Kleibrink. "The game today went pretty much how we sort of thought it would, a tight game.

"They're a great team. If you make a mistake, they could have run away with it. We just had to make sure we were on top of our game the whole time playing them."

Kleibrink has already qualified for the Olympic trials Dec. 6-13 in Edmonton.


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