OTTAWA — Kevin Koe knows he’s a perfect 5-0 here at curling’s Olympic trials, just don’t ask the Calgary skip to tell you what day it is.
“It’s still mid-week, here. I don’t even know what day it is. Is it Tuesday?” Koe asked, minutes after his team handed Team McEwen its first loss at the Roar of the Rings. “Is that what day it is?”
It is, yes. But to Koe’s point: “We’re still early in the week, so a long way to go still.”
Well, that’s true, and it’s the refrain you’ll hear every day at Canadian Tire Centre: Round-robin play doesn’t wrap up until Friday, and then it’s on to the playoffs, with the final slated for Sunday. There are many games ahead before we figure out who will curl for Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
But certainly getting out to a 5-0 start with three games left in the round robin is the kind of start you’d dream of. And among the men’s teams here, it’s Koe’s Calgary squad that leads the way, the lone team with an unblemished record.
On Tuesday in the afternoon draw, Team Koe — that’s Koe, third Marc Kennedy, second Brent Laing and lead Ben Hebert — pulled out a down-to-the-wire 6-5 victory over Mike McEwen and his foursome, who were previously undefeated.
“Our skip won us that one for sure,” said Kennedy, who was part of Kevin Martin’s Olympic gold medal-winning team in 2010, along with Hebert. “We’re getting breaks and we’re hanging in there and we’re making the shots when we need to. Right now, things are going our way.”
Talk about getting breaks: A couple days earlier, Koe snuck away with a win over reigning Olympic champion Brad Jacobs and his team from Sault Ste. Marie when Jacobs missed a draw with his final shot and Koe stole two for the win. “For Brad Jacobs to miss the eight-foot in the extra end is a one in a million,” Kennedy said. “That’s just kind of the way things have been going, so hopefully they can keep going that way for a few more days.”
Crazy misses have been happening a lot this week. On either side of Koe’s rink on Tuesday, Jennifer Jones and her Winnipeg crew stayed undefeated when Casey Scheidegger missed a draw in the extra end, and Jacobs and Co. basically handed a win to Steve Laycock after starting with a steal …read more