Koe continues to win tight games at the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials

Kevin Koe (Verne Equinox, Wikimedia Commons)

Kevin Koe of Calgary, Alberta continues to win close games at the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Ottawa, Ontario. On Tuesday, Koe defeated Mike McEwen of Winnipeg, Manitoba 6-5 to improve to a perfect record of five wins and zero losses.

Like every game Koe has played in the tournament to date, he had to come from behind. Koe got off to a slow start as he was trailing 2-0 to McEwen after the third end before scoring three points in the fourth end. McEwen was actually lucky to be up 2-0 because Koe missed a double takeout attempt in the third end which allowed McEwen to steal a point.

However Koe took control thereafter and even though McEwen tied the game in the sixth and ninth ends, the Calgary skip curled with a quiet sense of confidence. In the tenth end, he once again showed why he is one of the best curlers in the world. Koe delivered with a difficult takeout for the winning point.

Koe is the lone undefeated team in men’s play. On the women’s side, Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones is 5-0 and Calgary’s Chelsea Carey is 4-0. Jones beat Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Alberta 8-7 in a tight 11-end contest where Jones did not have the momentum for the majority of the contest and was out curled by the southern Alberta skip. Carey meanwhile had a more convincing win on Tuesday as she beat Allison Flaxey of Toronto 9-3.

Carey plays Jones Wednesday afternoon in the women’s battle of the unbeatens. Koe meanwhile plays John Epping of Toronto Wednesday afternoon.



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