by Shana Snell in CALGARY
It happened, again. Kevin Martin finds a way to win.
“I don’t know what to do with it” says Kevin after John Morris’ first rock in the seventh. That just might sum up the tone of the game for Martin and his team. That is, until they managed to snag a steal in that seventh end and win the $9,000 skin.
David Murdoch’s first rock in the seventh had picked and crashed on a long guard, giving Kevin the chance to sit three, and Murdoch was forced to throw for the carry-over. A big miss by Murdoch resulting in the Martin steal and we headed into the deciding eighth frame with – for the first time – advantage to Martin.
Let’s be honest – up until this point, the feeling throughout the game made you believe Martin just might fall to the meninblack, while still acknowledging that, quite simply, they’re just too good to ever be out of it.
Sure enough, the reigning Olympic champs stepped it up in the eighth and never gave Murdoch and company a glimmer of hope. I didn’t even entertain the idea of Murdoch making his virtually impossible last shot – a runback skinny double attempt.
Martin pulls out the victory, earning $57,000 and the TSN Curling Skins Game title for 2011... his second crown in the four-year history of the impressive Casino Rama locale.
A rather unexciting final, and more misses than impressive shotmaking as you might expect from a skins final... but I doubt Team Martin is complaining.
Until next time.
TCN photo by Anil Mungal