Posted at 1:12 am on March 4, 2013
It’s a rare situation to see Kevin Martin look worried. But after losing the first two games of the 2013 Time Hortons Brier, Martin’s Team Alberta was in trouble. During Sunday evening’s game, however, Martin finally got the monkey off his back and picked up his first win of this year’s Brier.
Alberta was taking on team B.C.’s Andrew Bilesky. In the very first end, Martin had a very concerned look on his face after giving up a deuce. He bounced back well in the second, evening up the game with two points of his own.
It was in the fourth end when Martin really started looking like his usual dominant self. The Old Bear stole a massive three points, taking a commanding 6-2 lead. The Alberta rink never looked back, rolling their way to a comfy 10-3 lead after playing only 7 ends.
This was the first win for Martin’s team. They got off to an uncharacteristically poor start to the Brier, losing their opening two games: first against Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton, and then their second game against Quebec’s Jean-Michel Ménard.
Martin still has some tough games ahead. His team has yet to play undefeated Ontario, Newfoundland, and Northern Ontario. With only four teams making the playoffs, Martin needs to be very careful not to lose any more games if he wants to ensure a run at the tankard.