In the semi-final of the Tim Horton’s Brier in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kevin Koe, now of Calgary, defeated Rob Fowler of Manitoba by a score of 8-6.
Down 4-3 in the eighth end, Team Alberta scored four points on two mistakes by Fowler. First the Manitoba skip missed on a takeout and then he was heavy on a corner freeze, allowing Koe to score his bundle.
Earlier in the day, Alberta defeated the Yukon/Northwest Territories 10-6 in the 3-4 game. History was made as it was the very first time in the history of the Brier that a team from Canada’s most northern region qualified for the Brier playoffs. In this game, Kevin Koe came back as well. Down 4-3 after five ends, Kevin Koe dominated the next four ends outscoring his brother Jamie 7-2. He had a great eighth end in this game as well, as he stole four points.
Alberta will play Glenn Howard of Ontario in the final.
Also, at the World Junior Curling Championships in Ostersund, Sweden, Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher qualified for the final with a 9-3 win over Sweden in the 1-2 game. Sweden is playing Norway in the semi-final.