It started with a car ride and ended with a train wreck.
Alberta's Marc Kennedy won the Ford Hot Shots competition and use of a car for the next two years in the morning. But it ended with John Morris missing both shots on an extra end that Kevin Martin couldn't recover from as the home town team gagged on a game they scrapped and scraped for three hours to take to the 11th end.
Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg is the only curler at the Brier who can claim a winning record against Martin and extended it to 8-5 by winning 5-4 in the opening game for both teams at the 84th Brier.
“That's pretty good,” said Stoughton of having Martin's number at the Canadian curling classic.
“He got us once in a final and we got him once in a final. And in 2011 we got him in the round robin.”
That turned out well for Stoughton, who won his third Brier two years ago in London and first since he won here in 1999.