Kevin Koe curls way to 1-2 playoff game at Brier

Team Alberta skip Kevin Koe delivers a stone in the 2nd end against Team Prince Edward Island...

Team Alberta skip Kevin Koe delivers a stone in the 2nd end against Team Prince Edward Island during the 2014 Brier curling championship in Kamloops, B.C., March 6, 2014. (BEN NELMS/Reuters)

Terry Jones, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:06 AM ET

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Kevin Koe has never played with a safety net at the Tim Hortons Brier before. But he won the chance to do that here Thursday.

The Alberta skip is through to the 1-2 game of the Page playoff format. Winner goes to Sunday’s final. Loser drops to a Saturday semifinal.

“It’ll be a different feeling not being down to our last life,” said the now Calgary-based skip. “It’s nice. I’ve never played in a 1-2 game before. It’ll be a new experience.”

Scoring four points in the first end in his only game here Thursday, Koe scored a 9-6 win over Prince Edward Island to run Alberta’s record to 9-1.

With Manitoba’s 7-6 extra-end win over B.C. in the morning, both teams left the rink to return to finish their round-robin schedule in the evening with an 8-2 record.

It’s the third time for Koe at the Brier. He’s been to the final twice. Both times he had to come through the lose-and-you’re out 3-4 game. He won it in 2010 and lost in 2012.

The dream for the Koe team has been to not only win another Brier, but to try not to do it the hard way.


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