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CON GRIWKOWSKY, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

GRANDE PRAIRIE -- No matter what the ice conditions, no matter how good the opposition, the Cathy King mystique continues to roll along.

In yesterday's afternoon draw, King clinched a playoff spot in the 2007 Alberta Scotties by walloping Cheryl Bernard 10-1 in the afternoon. King followed it with an 8-4 win over Shannon Kleibrink in the evening draw, earning a bye into the final.

"We knew we had a couple of big games today, so to come up with a win in the morning was huge for us, especially against a second-place team,'' said King.

"This was probably our best game as a team. It was pretty much a total team effort and some bad breaks for Cheryl."

Bernard booed as she sauntered past on the way to the locker-room, breaking up the media scrum.

"It's a good combination and the chemistry seems to work out on the ice,'' said Bernard.

"She's a smart lady on the ice and stays calm in tough situations. She knows how to play the game. She's been around for a long time, up in my age group, and I think you get a lot of smarts from that.''

There could be a myriad of reasons that King has not lost a game at the provincials level since the last round-robin game of the 2005 event.

CLINCHED BYE

She's now 16 games following yesterday's wins..

Despite the depth of talent in Alberta, King has been to more national championships than any other skip in this province since 1995.

She's appeared at seven Scotts, winning Alberta six times and wearing Team Canada colours in 1999 after her only national title in 1998.

Both of yesterday's opponents are higher-ranked than King, but the record shows there's something about playing in a provincial that gets King's juices flowing.

"It's hard to know what that is," said King. "The fact you get to play on the same ice, learn the ice, it's easier that way.

"A lot of the cashspiels are run on eight sheets. This is only four, so you get to know the surfaces that much better."

You could attribute her success to buying in to team psychologists, but King has shown an ability to bring out confidence in her rinkmates as the week wears on.

"If you have talent, plus if you believe in your head ..." said King.

"It definitely can be a head game. If you're doubting yourself, if you don't believe you can make those shots, you're not going to.

CONFIDENCE

"I'm a great believer in confidence and believing it will happen. At this level, the talent is really equal, so I think it goes to the head after that."

And, now that she's worked into a spot where she can tie Deb Santos's record of three straight titles, King is on a confident auto-pilot.

"We've got all kinds of signs going," said King, who didn't want to elaborate. "We've got our own signs. All that can mean nothing if we don't win the final."


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