The Casino Rama Curling Skins Game presented by Tow Truck In A Box got off to a fast start on Saturday with Randy Ferbey securing a spot in Sunday's final.
Ferbey's rink took on Kevin Martin's foursome in the opening match-up of the event and captured seven of eight skins to punch their ticket.
Ferbey captured the first skin, worth $1,000, in the first end but Martin replied quickly and took a skin of his own in the second end to knot the score at $1,000. But that was all his Alberta rink could muster on Saturday.
The next two ends resulted in carry-overs and $5,000 was on the line in the fifth. Ferbey made the most of his opportunity coming up with the skin. He struck again in the sixth and stole a $3,000 skin. Martin just missed in an attempt to knock Ferbey from the house with the final rock of the end and fell behind $9,000-$1,000.
After a carry-over in the seventh there was $11,000 on the line in the final end and once again Ferbey's rink came out on top. On the final rock of the end, Dave Nedohin managed to avoid several guards and make a tap-back to score the deuce and give his side the skin and the win with $20,000 in earnings.
Ferbey admitted after the match that Martin was the victim of a few bad breaks.
"They had a bad set of rocks and unfortunate picks but John (Morris) still made a great shot in the last end to force Dave to make his shot," explained Ferbey.
Ferbey's rink will now face Glenn Howard in Sunday final on TSN and TSN HD at 1pm et/10am pt. Howard defeated reigning women's world champion Jennifer Jones in Saturday's second semifinal (TSN, 1pm et/5pm pt).
The inclusion of the Jones' rink in the event marks the first time a first women's team will compete against men at the annual skins game competition.