Alberta skip Kevin Koe (right) and third Pat Simmons (left) during Friday's page playoff (CP Images)Kamloops, B.C. — Who could have seen this coming 24 hours ago? All Team Alberta needed was a win against Québec to earn hammer and choice of rocks throughout the playoffs, but the team struggled, shooting 79 per cent against a rink that wasn't missing any shots.
So they came into the 1-2 page playoff game Friday night as the lower seed, but still conceivably the favourites in the field at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier. However, Kevin Koe and Co. struggled again, the second best of two teams on the ice and fell 9-5 nine ends later to John Morris, Jim Cotter and home team British Columbia. Koe will now have to go through the semifinal on Saturday night, against the winner of Manitoba and Quebec, to have another chance at the B.C. rink.
"We have another life. We've gone through the semis at the Brier before," Koe told the media post-game. He wasn't visibly shaken in anyway, but conceded the loss was just "one of those days." In Koe's two previous Brier apperances, he's won gold (2010 Halifax) and silver (2012 Saskatoon) but never earned the direct path to the final, requiring to go through the semifinals both times.Read More »from Tim Hortons Brier: Koe’s Friday struggles force Alberta rink to play through semifinal