Kevin Koe gets best of brother Jamie at Brier

Team Alberta skip Kevin Koe (bottom) and his brother, Team Northwest Territories/Yukon skip Jamie...

Team Alberta skip Kevin Koe (bottom) and his brother, Team Northwest Territories/Yukon skip Jamie Koe, watch a rock during the 2014 Brier curling championship in Kamloops, B.C., March 3, 2014. (BEN NELMS/Reuters)

Terry Jones, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:25 AM ET

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - “Keep Calm And Koe On” read the shirt Fred Koe wore for the first time here Monday.

It wasn’t easy to keep calm in the fourth end when Jamie Koe of the Territories was facing six Kevin Koe Alberta rocks in the house and already down 4-1 after giving up four the previous end.

“You can’t cheer for one of them or the other, but, oh, yeah, on that one I was definitely saying a Gwich’in prayer for Jamie to make that shot,” said the father of the two.

It could have been 10-1 for Kevin if Jamie had flashed the shot like he did with his first rock in the end. But he made it. And Fred, who turns 67 here Saturday, could breathe again.

“I just want it to be a good game,” said the man who had one cheek adorned with the red and gray of the Territories and the other with blue and yellow of Alberta, while wearing an Alberta jacket with polar bear sleeves and waving flags of both the NWT and Alberta.

And after six, with Alberta leading the Territories 5-3, it was a close game, as dad and sister Kerry sat together and mom sat separately.


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