Esks snap Ivor Wynne curse

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:32 AM ET

HAMILTON - Never say never.

The Edmonton Eskimos dispelled the myth that they can never win at Ivor Wynne, with a 38-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday.

It was just the second time since 2008 that they came out of Hamilton win a win — both times sweeping the two-game season series against their East Division opponent.

But those two wins are outweighed by six losses in their last eight visits dating back to 2003.

And the Ticats were on fire at home, putting up a league-co-leading 4-1 record there over the first half of the 2011 schedule.

“I don’t think since I’ve been here we won,” said Eskimos slotback Fred Stamps, whose rookie CFL season was actually 2007.

But he has to be forgiven for forgetting the victory in 2008, considering that was the game fellow receiver Jason Tucker suffered a career-ending neck injury.

On Friday, thankfully, the Eskimos didn’t lose any players or the game.

“It’s a real big win, you know?” Stamps said. “It gives us a little momentum coming home against Montreal.

“That’s what we need.”

More of the same will only help the Eskimos, who head toward the playoff stretch with a 7-4 record and four of their final seven games at home.

“I think the last time we won here was a few years back,” said quarterback Ricky Ray, who protected the ball while the Eskimos won the turnover battle 1-0 thanks to a Chris Thompson interception. “It’s a tough place to play, they’re a good, solid team.

“We just came out and played a pretty clean game, we didn’t hurt ourselves too much. Our defence played well. Offensively, we were able to run the football and not have a lot of negative plays.”

The Eskimos also dominated time of possession, 37:39-22:21.

“That is the one stat that is always overlooked,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “But when you control the time of possession, you control the tempo of the game.

“Therefore, the other team doesn’t have the football and they can’t score without the football.”

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