Simmons and company stay alive at National
It came down to the last shot of the opening round, but Pat Simmons and the Kevin Koe rink lived to play another day at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites National curling event in Dawson Creek, B.C.
Koe’s Calgary foursome — which features Moose Jaw’s Simmons at third — beat Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen 6-5 in an extra end to finish with a 3-2 mark in Pool A. The loss dropped McEwen’s record to 2-3.
After scoring one in the eighth end to tie the game, Koe stole a point in the extra end to stay alive.
Koe entered Friday’s play with a 1-2 record. They beat Calgary’s Brock Virtue 5-3 in the afternoon before beating McEwen.
Eight teams will qualify for the quarter-finals. In addition to the three pool winners, there are six other teams with 3-2 records.
Steve Laycock, with Moose Jaw’s Joel Jordison at third, failed to advance to the quarter-finals as well.
After a 2-0 start at The National, Laycock’s rink lost three in a row to some of the biggest names in the game. Reigning Brier champion Jeff Stoughton beat Laycock 5-3 Thursday and Glenn Howard defeated Laycock 9-2 in Friday’s early draw.
Laycock concluded pool play by losing 4-3 to Olympic champion Brad Gushue in an extra end. Laycock’s Saskatoon rink came back from a 3-0 hole, but couldn’t steal a winning point in the extra end.
That left Laycock fourth in Pool C as Gushue and Stoughton both finished 3-2. Howard was unbeaten.
Kevin Martin topped Pool B with a 5-0 record. Sweden’s Niklas Edin and Calgary’s Brent Bawel were both 3-2.
The National is the third stop on the men’s Capital One Grand Slam of Curling. Eighteen teams are competing for their share of the $100,000 purse. The champion earn $20,000, while the runner-up takes home $11,000.
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