GRANDE PRAIRIE -- The moment David Nedohin's last rock got past the guard in front of the house, he pumped his fist in celebration.
"We'd seen that shot four times, (including) my two, and once it got past the guard, we knew we had the game won," Nedohin said.
Nedohin's hammer took out Glenn Howard's shot rock and stuck to score three and win the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling Grey Power Players' Championship yesterday by a score of 10-7.
"There was so much riding on that one shot - the Players' Championship, probably the toughest event in the world, and to win second place in the Capital One Cup and also to earn a berth in Edmonton (Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Trials in December) -- it's just an incredible feeling," said Nedohin.
"The guys, from top to bottom, played exceptionally well," said skip Randy Ferbey, who calls the game but throws third rocks.
"The front end (lead Marcel Rocque and second, Scott Pfeifer) played good all week and we always say if our front end outplays their front end, we're going to win most games."
There were several momentum shifts in yesterday's championship draw.
Howard forced Ferbey to take one with the hammer in the first, then scored two in the second for the lead.
Team Ferbey took command in the third, punching out Howard's shot rock and clearing another in the process to score four.
Howard responded quickly, scoring three of his own in the fourth to tie the game 5-5 at the break.
After all that offence, the turning point of the contest was, oddly enough, the blank end in the fifth.
"Being able to blank in five was great; that gave us hammer in the even ends, meaning it was still in our control," said Nedohin.
"It was pretty important, for sure. Then scoring the duece in six, getting that extra point, was huge, too."
"We had one bad end - the third - but true to our team's colours, we came right back in the fourth and made a game of it," said Howard. "Obviously you don't like losing, you want to win that final game, but Randy and the boys deserved it."
Team Ferbey advanced to the final by beating Kevin Martin 6-5 in Saturday evening's semifinal match. It was their second victory against Team Martin in three days.
Ferbey beat Martin by the same score Thursday to win one of the two A qualifiers into the playoffs.
"It was an extremely difficult week for us, but you don't expect any different in this tournament: if you're going to win it, you have to beat those teams," said Nedohin.
"We've played really well the last couple of months, so it was a great way to end it."
"You have the best teams in the world here, pardon to (2009 world champion from Scotland) Dave Murdoch, but these are the best teams," said Ferbey.
"And you think this was good, wait till Edmonton in December."
For now, Ferbey and his rink mates will relish in the accomplishments of the past week.
"We won the last game of the year," he said. "This was the last game of the year in the world, basically. Any time you can do that, it's great. We're the only team (ending the season) with a win under our belts right now and that's not a bad way to go out."