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Koe clinches first at Trials; advances directly to final

2017 Roar of the Rings
2017 Roar of the Rings

Ottawa - So here’s the situation as we prepare for Brad Gushue’s Canadian Olympic Curling Trials game against Saskatchewan’s Steve Laycock coming up shortly at the Canadian Tire Centre:

Nobody is catching Kevin Koe of Calgary. Koe has locked up first place at 7-0, after beating John Morris of B.C. 7-4 Thursday afternoon.

Koe has punched his ticket to Sunday night’s final. At the Roar of the Rings, the top team after the round-robin goes to the final, with the next two teams playing a semifinal, barring a tie-breaker.

Gushue is 4-2 and tied for second with Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen. McEwen is playing 2-4 Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. in the other men’s game tonight.

Each team plays eight round-robin games.

Standings

Kevin Koe, 7-0

Brad Gushue, 4-2

Mike McEwen, 4-2

Reid Carruthers, 4-3

Brendan Bottcher, 3-3
Steve Laycock, 2-4

Brad Jacobs, 2-4

John Morris, 1-5

John Epping, 1-5

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