THE CANADIAN PRESS
HALIFAX — Alberta skip Kevin Koe has won the Tim Hortons Brier on his very first try, upending a previously undefeated team from Ontario to claim Alberta’s third consecutive Canadian men’s curling championship.
The 35-year-old rallied from a nervous start to beat Glenn Howard’s Ontario rink in an extra end Sunday night. On top of claiming $40,000 as the winner, Koe and his teammates have won the right to represent Canada at the world championship next month in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
Alberta surrendered two in the first end as Koe appeared to wilt under the bright lights of the big stage. He rebounded to count three in the sixth, executed a magnificent hit in the 10th end and drew to the button in the 11th to seal the 6-5 victory.
Koe had never made it to the Brier before this year, an absence due in no small part to an accident in geography that forced him to share not only a province, but a city with iconic Edmonton-based rinks skipped by Kevin Martin and Randy Ferbey.