Howard’s only defeat costs him automatic bid to finals

Glenn Howard’s first and only round-robin loss at the Canadian Olympic curling trials cost him an automatic trip to the men’s final.

Kevin Martin celebrates a key shot during his 8-6 win over Team Howard during the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Edmonton on Thursday to clinch first place in the round robin.

EDMONTON — Glenn Howard’s first and only round-robin loss at the Canadian Olympic curling trials cost him an automatic trip to the men’s final.

Kevin Martin made a runback double in the ninth end to score three points against Howard late Thursday, advancing to the tournament final and moving one win away from a spot in the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Howard, who went into the game undefeated in round robin play, was leading 6-5 in a tightly played game before Martin’s late game heroics handed the Coldwater, Ont., skip a 8-6 loss. Both rinks finished with 6-1 records, but Martin advanced to the final by virtue of the head-to-head win.

“Glenn didn’t put his right where he wanted so he left a pocket there. I could have hit off of ours or off of his and the results the same,” said Martin, the reigning Brier champion and the 2002 Olympic silver medallist.

“Glenn had control for the whole game until the ninth and then Johnny locked that freeze absolutely perfect in there and now we’ve got them on the run for two and we ended up getting three,” the Edmonton skip added. “We’re right where we want to be and we have hammer in the final.”

The final placement at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Curling Trials ironically are identical to the Brier in Calgary.

Martin beat Howard in the last game of the round robin and in the one-versus-two playoff game and advanced to the final. Howard then lost the semifinal against Winnipeg’s Jeff Stoughton.

“It seems to be (the same) but hopefully it’s a different result,” said a frustrated Howard after the game.

Howard said his first shot in the ninth end picked, which set up the three points for Martin.

“I’m just frustrated with the pick. That ticks me off a little bit but what do you do — it’s all part of the game,” Howard said.

“I felt we had the momentum in that game and it sure didn’t look like he was going to get a three ender but that stuff happens.”

Martin will now sit back and watch while Howard and Stoughton play in Saturday’s semifinal.

Stoughton narrowly avoided dropping into a tiebreaker in his game against Pat Simmons of Davidson, Sask. He needed a deuce in the 10th end to beat Simmons 8-7 and clinch the final playoff spot.

“You always feel pretty confident you’re going to get the deuce and we made some good ones at the end there and what can I say — the guys played great,” Stoughton said. “We’re looking forward to Saturday.”

And like Howard he is hoping to avoid having history repeat itself after being pounded by Martin in the Brier final.

“The three of us played the last three games last year at the Brier and hopefully we can win the last two instead of losing the last one,” he added.

Howard still feels confident about his chances despite the loss against Martin.

“We always have epic battle there’s no doubt about it and I think we’ve shown that over the last four or five years,” he said. “It’s such a fine line and I think we are a little bit better but it’s a fine, fine line.”

Just Posted

Officials report some headway on wildfires, but thick smoke hangs over B.C.

Wildfire crews report some headway was made over the weekend battling hundreds… Continue reading

WATCH: Central Albertans learn about farm life at Sunnybrook Farm Museum

Pioneer Days Festival in Red Deer Saturday-Sunday

Raising awareness for Bikers Against Child Abuse

Second annual Raise A Ruckus Against Child Abuse was held at the Red Deer Radisson Hotel Saturday

Number of seniors who play bridge in Red Deer growing

Red Deer Bridge Club has been around for close to 60 years

Central Alberta Yogathon cancelled Saturday

Due to air quality concerns the fourth annual event will take place Sept. 15

WATCH: Medicine River Wildlife Centre opens new playground

The grand opening of the playground was Saturday morning

Police chiefs want new data-sharing treaty with U.S. as privacy questions linger

OTTAWA — Canada’s police chiefs are pressing the Trudeau government to sign… Continue reading

Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the… Continue reading

Ottawa announces $189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers

ESCUMINAC, N.B. — Ottawa has announced $189 million for an employment insurance… Continue reading

Trudeau formally announces he’ll run again in next year’s election

MONTREAL — Justin Trudeau will run again in the 2019 federal election.… Continue reading

Smoke from B.C. wildfires prompts air quality advisories across Western Canada

VANCOUVER — More smoky, hazy air is expected to blanket much of… Continue reading

Anti-pipeline protesters released days before weeklong jail sentences end

MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. — Several pipeline protesters were released from a British… Continue reading

All eyes on Andrew Scheer as Conservative convention set for Halifax

OTTAWA — After a week of internal caucus squabbles, Conservative Leader Andrew… Continue reading

Trump says his White House counsel not a ‘RAT’ like Nixon’s

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that his White House… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month