A loss in extra ends is extra tough to take.
Two in a row is even worse.
But that's the position Kevin Koe found himself in at the Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials yesterday morning following an 8-7 loss to Kevin Martin. It came on the heels of a 7-6 squeaker at the hands of Glenn Howard Wednesday. Both games ended in the 11th end.
"We've lost a couple close games to some good teams," Koe said after losing to Martin. "It's mostly our doing, in that one (against Martin) especially. The other one, we missed a couple chances, too. We're just playing good enough just to keep 'er close but we're not making the big ones."
Instead, he gave up a steal of two points on a missed tap in the seventh end.
"We gave that away. I missed a great shot," Koe said. "We were crushing them on the ice the first half of the game and just one bad miss by me let them back in. Then after that, they picked up their game.
"We'd won every end with ease. They weren't playing good at all and we were playing good. We gave them some life and they capitalized."
Koe faced Randy Ferbey in last night's draw as both looked to improve on identical 3-3 records. And with all those extra ends of practice, Koe took an 8-4 lead after six before polishing things off 9-4 in the eighth. But in the end, it wasn't to be. After Jeff Stoughton defeated Pat Simmons 7-6, Koe was eliminated.
"We played well tonight, we had our best game of the week right from the start," Koe said. "It felt good no matter what happened out there. We played really well this week, but at the same time it had a disappointing end to it.
"We lost two extra-end games and another last-rock game against the three playoff teams, so it was there for us to be had and we're left wondering about a few key shots."