Edmonton Journal from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on February 16, 2004 · 47
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i . i a' i TT Little E wins big in Daytona D4 Damn Yankees! D2 I Supon or special oltw ID51 DD. EDITOR: RICHARD HELM, 429-5372; sportsthejournal.canwest.com EDMONTON JOURNAL MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2004 OILERS 2 PREDATORS 2 :gt V r" " m ii rr 3 n u Jim i i Music w But after the meltdown in Minnesota, Oilers happy to take a single point out of Nashville JOANNE IRELAND Journal Hockey Writer NASHVILLE Determination drove Ethan Moreau up the wing. He'd had his chances to beat Nashville goaltenderTomas Vokoun earlier in the game; and he knew how badly his Edmonton Oilers, down two forwards as well as down a goal, needed to even the score. Sohekeptmovingthroughtheneutral zone and into the Predators' territory before cutting across the ice towards the net. Backhand, forehand and back to the backhand he went before beating Vokoun at 10:08 of the third period. Moreau's 14th goal of the season, the only even-strength goal of the game, gave the Oilers a crucial point in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Nashville. "We needed a goal and he went out and got it almost single-handedly," said defenceman Steve Staios after the Oilers closed the day with 56 points in the Western Conference standings but still did not get any closer to playoff contention. "He gets that look in his eyes and he's just not going to be denied," coach Craig MacTavish said. "He's tramping down PGA: in an .M--. m in., mi ,( up up r -:;jhi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A tearful John Daly breaks down in the arms of his caddie Peter Van Derriet after winning the Buick Invitational in a playoff. 'Geez, this is sweet' Daly finds redemption with first Tour victory in almost nine years DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press SAN DIEGO John Daly buried his face in his hands and cried, a winner again thanks to a shot that epitomizes his turbulent career. In golf, they call it an up-and-down. In life, Daly knows about that all too welL Thanks to a 100-foot bunker shot that trickled within four inches of the cup, Daly birdied the 18thhole Sundayto win the Buick Invitational in a three-man playoff, his first PGA Tour victory in nearly nine years. "It's the greatest," Daly said, fighting back tears. Tve had a lot of ups and downs. Geez, this is sweet" , . . xsid of Old 1 1 I I fMan Winter With ' A : Team Ford 54 Point b:sct!:a 03 & fi&r Battery Performance Test Tire and Brake Front and Rear Defrost Check Wiper Performance Checlr Exterior Mumination Check ' Ffl Windshield Cooling System Analysis JUL uraiiuii Showstopper I Ethan Moreau: stepped up and provided game-tying goal. Dvorak questionable D3 Oil Spills D3 the boards and he ends up just taking it to the net out of sheer desire and intensity. He played incredibly well. He got us the point "I thought our guys rallied pretty good in the third with a short bench in a tough game." The Predators, who had a 1-0 lead after the first 20 minutes and a 2-1 advantage early in the second, leapfrogged over Los Angeles and into seventh place with a record of 28-21-6-2. The Kings were defeated 3-2 by New Jersey and dropped into the eighth-place spot Edmonton did pull even with Minnesota in the pack of also-rans, after the Wild dropped a 2-1 decision to Calgary, but sits seven points back of LA. "You try and put your head into a playoff mindset," Moreau said. They've al- THE BUICK INVITATIONAL i XT ; V J For those who have followed the turmoil in his life, it was simply stunning. Only six months ago, Daly was down in the dumps when he learned his fourth wife had been indicted on federal drug and gambling charges. His game was in disarray, plunging him to No. 299 in the world ranking. His life was a mess. But every time people write him off, Daly simply writes another chapter in one of golf s most amazing stories. "I never doubted I could win," said Daly, who had gone 189 tour events without a victory. His victory at Torrey Pines was in doubt until Luke Donald missed a six-foot birdie putt, and hometown favourite Chris Riley's five-footer forbirdie horse Chsr 3 jL, Inspection I Washer rufkMiMfliMt - X ... 1 20 off an mabrtenancfl bundles for fra montti of r 1 " 1 ( ( fit K U7 Edmonton Oilers left-winger Raffi Torres, afternoon. The Oilers tied ways been a tough matchup for us more so now because they're a better team." ' Moreau credited Adam Oates with shoed around the hole and spun out "I would have bet my life on that putt," said Riley, one of thebestingolfwiththe putter. "I take my hat off to Johnny. He's been through a lot. To see him win is great" Daly crashed the PGA Tour scene in 1991 by winning the PGA Championship as the ninth alternate. He picked up his second major on golfs most hallowed grounds, the '95 British Open at St Andrews. After both highs, he spiralled into incredible lows two divorces, two trips to alcohol rehab, rash behaviour on the golf course that led the PGATour to suspend him, rumours of gambling and (Irinking. See DALY D5 SERVICE EVENT feb QualttyCW- '"V . a, . THE ASSOCIATED PRESS right, ties up Nashville Predators defenceman Dan Hamhuis in Nashville on Sunday the Predators 2-2 thanks to a third-period goal by Ethan Moreau. helping him pull the Oilers even. said. "I figured the best chance was to Td had similar chances in the game, take it to the net hard and hopefully and (Vokoun) was onhis angles tonight, sneak one through." We weren't seeing much net," Moreau SeeOLERSDJ PROVINCIAL Ferbey s going back to Fab Four seeking a record fourth championship NORM COWLEY Journal Curling Writer HINTON "Ferbey Four" takes on a whole new meaning today now that Randy Fer-bes fantastic foursome has continued its incredible roll in the Alberta men's curling championship. Ferbey's Fab Four of Dave Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer and Marcel Rocque became only the second team to win four straight provincial tides matching Ron Northcott's four-year run from 1966-69 when they defeated Kurt Balderston of Sexsmith 8-5 in Sunday's sudden-death final at the Bill Thomson Arena. The Ferbey team will now attempt to extend its winning streak at the Brier March 6-14 in Saskatoon to a record four consecutive national tides. "The records are things that a lot of people talk about and they're fun to talk about but they're really not anything on our mind until it's all over," said Nedohin, who throws skip rocks for Ferbey. "If you start thinking about it, you're probably going to get too wrapped up ink and thaf s really not anything we've concerned ourselves with." Maybe, but Ferbey's crew was concerned about something in the early stages of Sunday's final It looked like the players were feeling some pressure when Balderston stole single points in both the third and fourth ends to take a shocking 3-1 lead. "It was uncharacteristic of us to give those two steals," said Rocque, whose Never get locked out of Your vehicle again with the Q - . . w i-ora neyiess Entry Keypad The home of RIotorcraft tested Tough arf9iSsSfrS itXi Li tfrMiri " mSfmr -X. 4. . 1 av . V. ' MENS' CURLING IAN IACKS0N, THE JOURNAL Dave Nedohin, left, and Randy Ferbey peer through their trophies after Sunday's win over Kurt Balderston. - team allowed only one stolen end during seven round-robin games. "I don't know when the last time was that we gave up two steals back-to-back." ' Rocque admitted he was uptight "It's just that we know what's at the end of the rainbow and, shucks, you just don't let that go, you don't want to give it up," he said. "We knew we were going to fight with eAraything we had, but it's nerve-racking. You play so well and they're capable of taking it away." Rocque wasn't the only Ferbey player on edge early. Pfeifer wasn't sharp, and Nedohin was getting frustrated about some missed opportunities to put pressure on Balderston, a 40-year-old farmer who was playing in his 14th provincial championship since 1985. See FERBEY D5 Call for an ppointment today at 4G2-83C0 Remote Starters: 5 .CO Batteries kFCFIVF 20 OFF ALL i MAINTENANCE PACKAGES the Brier 1 . -a- iaa jiT0. mum rtt.TttrtYrttj&tt4.ttt ONLY AT FAST LANE 3

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