June 28, 2022

Shortly after securing first place in his pool with one other snug round-robin win, Alberta’s Kevin Koe seemed up on the media backdrop stand adorned with photos of earlier nationwide males’s curling champions.

The veteran skip is holding the Tim Hortons Brier tankard in 4 of them. He has cleared the primary hurdle in his mission to do it a fifth time.

Koe beat Prince Edward Island’s Tyler Smith 8-3 on Thursday afternoon on the Enmax Centre to prime the Pool A desk at 7-1.

“Plenty of delight, I suppose, to have received this 4 instances,” Koe stated. “Clearly, they’re nice reminiscences however the focus is clearly attempting to win one other. All of us having received it, it’ll in all probability assist calm us a bit of.

“We all know what to anticipate if we get right into a scenario to attempt to win one other one hopefully.”

The primary-place positioning provides Koe, third B.J. Neufeld, second John Morris and lead Ben Hebert some further relaxation. They’ll get to skip the crossover playoff qualifier video games Friday afternoon between the second- and third-place finishers.

“We’re glad we’re there however now the actual work begins,” Hebert stated.

Canada’s Brendan Bottcher (7-1) was in second place after a 6-3 win over Nathan Younger of Newfoundland and Labrador. Saskatchewan’s Colton Flasch wanted an additional finish for a 9-8 win over Wild Card Two’s Matt Dunstone, organising a morning tiebreaker between the 6-2 provincial rivals for the third and last playoff spot in Pool A.

In Pool B, Brad Gushue’s Wild Card One crew (8-0) secured first place with a 6-5 victory over Wild Card Three’s Jason Gunnlaugson. Gushue stored his unbeaten file intact within the night with an 8-7 win over B.C.’s Brent Pierce (4-4).

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Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs (6-2) secured second place with a 10-2 rout of Nova Scotia’s Paul Flemming (3-5). Mike McEwen dropped a 9-6 resolution to Quebec’s Michael Fournier (4-4) to arrange a tiebreaker towards Gunnlaugson (5-3), who was idle for the night draw.

McEwen (5-3) gave up 4 factors within the ninth finish and conceded within the tenth.

“It’s a bit of disappointing to have a foul recreation,” McEwen stated. “A minimum of it didn’t knock us out. It could possibly be a extremely lengthy day tomorrow.”

Gushue, in the meantime, stated that he seems like he’s taking part in with home cash on the Brier. He has had a whirlwind schedule after successful Olympic bronze just a few weeks in the past on the Beijing Olympics.

“The [fewer] video games we will play proper now the higher,” Gushue stated. “I’m fairly pooped after two lengthy, tight video games at this time. I went again after the primary recreation and slept for over two hours. I’m fairly exhausted.”

Within the different late recreation, Jamie Koe (1-7) of the Northwest Territories beat Peter Mackey (0-8) of Nunavut 11-4.

Ontario’s Glenn Howard completed in fifth place in Pool A at 4-4. He was adopted by New Brunswick’s James Grattan (3-5) and Smith, Younger and Yukon’s Thomas Scoffin, all at 1-7.

It’s an 18-team area on the nationwide playdowns this yr – two greater than normal – and there’s an expanded playoff construction.

The crossover recreation winners will play the pool leaders within the night. The winners of these video games advance to the Web page playoff 1-2 recreation Saturday and the losers meet within the 3-4 recreation.

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The 1-2 Web page winner goes on to Sunday evening’s last. The 1-2 loser performs the 3-4 winner within the semi-final earlier that day.

The Brier winner will signify Canada on the April 2-10 world males’s curling championship in Las Vegas.

Kerri Einarson received her third straight Scotties Event of Hearts title final month in Thunder Bay, Ont. She’s going to put on the Maple Leaf on the March 19-27 ladies’s world curling championship in Prince George, B.C.