The Europeans completed their domination of curling in North America Sunday to capture the 2006 Continental Cup championship in Chilliwack, B.C.

Europe thumped the North Americans 229-171 to win its second Continental Cup title.

"I knew there were great curlers coming into this event," said Europe captain and four-time world champion Elisabeth Gustafson of Sweden. "But I knew North America had a really strong team. You never know, everything can change so quickly and turn around.

"We were a little bit lucky in some games, I know, and that was a big break."

The Europeans clinched the victory and the $75,000 first prize in the morning draw during the 60-point skins game between Sweden's Anette Norberg and Shannon Kleibrink of Canada.

With Europe leading 196-171, Norberg's win easily propelled her team past the 201-point threshold needed to win the tournament.

Norberg, the defending Olympic and world champion, won the skin in the seventh end after Kleibrink's in-off attempt ran too straight, handing the match to the Swede.

"We knew that we couldn't just relax going into this game," said Norberg. "We knew we had to take some points. But when you get a few carryovers in the beginning and the points start building, you can get into pressure. So it was very good for us to get those points early."

Norberg went on to win the eighth end skin as well, worth 13 points, to take the game, 32-28.

The match between St. John's native Brad Gushue and 2006 world champion David Murdoch of Scotland was briefly stopped as the celebration began at the European bench.

When play resumed, Gushue defeated Murdoch 43-17, while Norberg beat Kleibrink 32-28.

"We have very good team spirit," Gustafson told CBC Sports. "If you look at our team we support each other very well.

Gustafson admitted the turning point of the tournament came during Saturday morning's draw, when Germany's Andrea Schopp scored a 30-point skin to blank American Debbie McCormick.

"That was really big for us," said Gustafson.

The victory squares the Continental Cup tournament at two wins apiece. Europe also won the Continental Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont., in 2003, with North American winning in 2002 and 2004.

The tournament was not held in 2005.

With files from the Canadian Press