A funny thing happened on the way to Kevin Koe's team disintegrating this season.
Instead, they won The Brier.
Alberta's 10-5 win over British Columbia at the Canadian Men's Curling Championship is the capper on a serpentine season, one dotted with success, then dismal failure, a bit of ennui and questions about the rink's very fabric going forward.
The team's performance in the final was mostly outstanding, with just the odd hiccup along the way, tempered by more than enough solid and then spectacular shots to get the job done against a less than sharp John Morris team, disappointing the sellout crowd in Kamloops, B.C.
Now that Koe has skipped a second Alberta team to a Brier championship (he won in 2010 with Blake Macdonald at vice) the skip's task of cobbling together a completely different line-up for next season might have vanished, although at least one team member will have to be replaced.
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