Kevin Koe's team wins Alberta's 26th Brier title

Team Alberta's skip Kevin Koe throws a rock in the first end against team British Columbia during...

Team Alberta's skip Kevin Koe throws a rock in the first end against team British Columbia during the championship draw at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier curling championships in Kamloops, British Columbia March 9, 2014. (REUTERS)

TERRY JONES, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Kevin Koe may not be an Olympian. But he does his best work in Olympic years.

Four years ago, when Kevin Martin won gold for Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Koe won his first Brier and went on to Cortina-d’Ampezzo, Italy and won the world men’s curling championship.

Now he, third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen are off to Beijing for another world championship later this month.

After losing the opening game of the Brier to John Morris and his newly acquired B.C. team previously skipped by Jim Cotter, Koe lost the 1-2 game to the same team here Friday evening. But it was no contest in the final of the 85th Brier Sunday.

Koe put three threes on the scoreboard in the first seven ends and coasted to handshakes after nine ends with a 10-5 win.

It was Alberta’s 26th Brier title, one fewer than Manitoba.

 


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