With two tries, Canada's Koe fails to make curling worlds final

Canada's skip Kevin Koe (front) reacts as he watches a shot next to Sweden's lead Christoffer...

Canada's skip Kevin Koe (front) reacts as he watches a shot next to Sweden's lead Christoffer Sundgren in the semi-final of their World Men's Curling Championships in Beijing April 5, 2014. (REUTERS/China Daily)

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Kevin Koe had two chances to qualify for the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship final and failed on both attempts Saturday in Beijing, China.

“It was a bad day,” Team Canada’s skip said. “We played pretty decent for the most part, I thought we were throwing them good. But big misses at the wrong time, and those will obviously kill you in the big games.”

After battling back in the round robin to qualify for the Page playoff 1-2 game, Koe and his Calgary rink lost that match to Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud in a right 3-2 morning draw.

With another crack at playing in the gold-medal game, Koe got off to a quick start against Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson, cracking a deuce in the first end. The Swedes, however, countered with four in the second end after Koe’s attempt to freeze buried to a Swedish rock at the back of the button came up short of the rings.

“Just one bad miss — that’s all it took,” Koe said. “If I made my last one, we probably only give up one or two. Just a bad miss at the wrong time.”

Now, Canada will face Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz for the bronze medal Sunday.

“We’ll show up and try our hardest to win,” Koe said. “I mean, it’ll be hard, we’re disappointed — we came here thinking we’d be in that gold-medal game. But we’ll be here in the morning and we’ll be trying to win a medal.”


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