The Alberta foursome of Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer and Marcel Rocque are the 2005 Tim Hortons Brier champions.
The Alberta team defeated Nova Scotia’s Shawn Adams 5-4 in Sunday night’s Brier final to win their fourth Brier title in five years and earn the right to represent Canada at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria, Apr. 2-10.
“We’ve been fortunate to play in a few Briers the past few years,” Ferbey told a delighted partisan Alberta crowd of 15,174 at Rexall Place Sunday night, “and I can tell you this Brier was the best of them all, hands down.”
Nedohin, who made a draw to the four-foot with backing with the final rock of the tenth end to score the game-winning point, was named the Brier final MVP. It was the fourth time Nedohin was the MVP of the Brier final.
“That’s the most excited I’ve ever been during a shot,” a jubilant Nedohin said Sunday night.
Adams, whose team secured a spot in the Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials before they’d even stepped on the ice yesterday, tipped his hat to the Albertans.
“David made a nice one to win it. What else could you do?”
The turning point in the game may actually have occurred four ends earlier, however. With the game tied 3-3 in the sixth end and Nova Scotia holding the advantage of hammer, Nedohin made a perfect come-around with his final stone to force Adams to play a difficult hit and roll for a single point.
Adams got the hit, but not the roll and it cost him a steal that proved to be the difference in a game where Nova Scotia otherwise held Alberta to singles throughout the game.
The victory for Alberta was the province’s 22nd in Brier history, behind only the 26 Brier titles for Manitoba.
With their fourth Brier title in five years, the Ferbey foursome become the only complete team to do so. The Ernie Richardson team of 1959-1963 also won four Briers in five years, but had a personnel change at lead for their final Brier win.
The victory was also a record sixth Brier title for Ferbey personally.
In addition to a berth in the Worlds, the Ferbey team also earns a berth into the 2006 Strauss Canada Cup in Kamloops and $144,000 in Sport Canada funding over the next two years.
The final attendance for this year’s Brier was 281,985 — a new record.