Stoughton comes up short

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Jeff Stoughton couldnít keep the good times rolling.

The Winnipeg curler snapped a 12-game losing streak against Kevin Martin on Friday, but the Edmonton skip got his revenge when it mattered most: in Sundayís final of the $100,000 Swiss Chalet National in Vernon, B.C.

Martin defeated Stoughton 5-3 in the championship match, pocketing $24,000 for the victory in the seasonís second Grand Slam event. Martin didnít have his best day throwing, but sweepers Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert often turned their skipís attempts into well-placed rocks.

ďI donít know how anyone can win a Slam throwing it that bad,Ē Stoughton third Jon Mead told grandslamofcurling.com.

Martin scored two in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead and then stole another in the fifth. Stoughton responded with a pair in the sixth and held Martin to one in the seventh.

Stoughton had a chance to win in the eighth and final end, but missed a makeable triple takeout by half an inch.

Stoughton and his crew of Mead, Reid Carruthers and Steve Gould earned a cheque for $17,000.

The Grand Slam win was the 16th of Martinís career and capped a memorable 2010 season in which he won gold at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

ďIím just drained,Ē said Martin, who is heading to Hawaii on Monday for a family vacation. ďIt will be nice to just relax for a while, because weíve got a big January up ahead. We need to get some quick rest.Ē


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