Curling is Kevin Koe’s business … and business is good. You’d better believe it.

With a playoff spot already locked at the Roar of the Rings, Koe clinched the crucial bye straight to the Canadian curling trials men’s championship game keeping his unblemished record intact with a 7-4 victory Thursday afternoon over John Morris.

Koe (7-0) had a second lifeline to earn the No. 1 seed with one round-robin game remaining against Brad Gushue but earning it earlier was the preferred option, obviously. The Calgary native can rest easy now knowing he has secured a spot in Sunday night’s showdown to determine who will represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Team Koe third Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert have been down this road before winning the 2009 trials with legendary skip Kevin Martin while second Brent Laing was on the heartbreak side of those Roar of the Rings finishing runner-up with Glenn Howard.

Kennedy knows the importance of earning the bye — plus hammer and rock colour choice — for the final.

“It’s great. Mission accomplished: get to the final as quickly as possible and not have to battle one of the best teams …read more


Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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