SASKATOON - After doing his brother Kevin Koe, of Alberta, a big favour, Jamie Koe moved into contention to try and chase him down.
Jamie skipped his Territories team to an extra end win over Glenn Howard to hand the Ontario skip his first loss at the Brier. He returned in the morning to knock off Saskatchewan's Scott Manners by scoring four in the eighth end to win 9-6.
It was the third win in a row for Jamie's Territories team, the other coming in an extra end game over Brad Gushue of Newfoundland, giving him a 3-1 start at the Brier.
“It was a pretty good day for us Sunday,” said Jamie, who is in his sixth Brier.
“It's always good to beat one of the top teams in the world. We've never managed to beat Howard before,” he said of the Ontario skip.
Howard is in his 14th Brier and has struggled to a 3-1 start, requiring an extra end to dispatch Robert Desjardins of Quebec 9-8 in the two-game morning draw.
Saskatchewan has a two-Koe day today. Manners meets Alberta in the evening draw.
With a combined record of 7-1 so far, it has been an interesting year for the Koe family.
Jamie's twin sister Kathy Galusha, also representing the Territories, went 4-7 at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Red Deer, including a win over eventual champion Heather Nedohin of Alberta in the opening draw.
The Koe vs. Koe game at the Brier is scheduled for Wednesday morning.