Koe in tough at Trials

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Lawton wins first match

Kevin Koe’s rink is in a must-win situation now at the Olympic Curling Trials.

Skip Kevin Koe throws against John Morris during draw 4 at the 2013 Roar Of The Rings championship in Winnipeg, Monday, December 2, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

The rink from Calgary, Atla. including Moose Jaw’s Pat Simmons dropped their second straight game to John Morris on Monday afternoon.

Koe had an early lead, but John Morris’ rink from Vernon, B.C. came on late to win 6-4 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Man.  Morris improves to 2-0 at the tournament.

The Koe rink lost their opening game to John Epping on Sunday and is now in a difficult situation with five more matches left before playoffs.

Hometown favourite, Jeff Stoughton is also in tough as he lost 6-5 to Kevin Martin. He made a great shot to tie that game, but it wasn’t enough to beat Martin. Stoughton also drops to 0-2 and Martin improved to 2-0.

“We had to make it a tough double and of course he made an incredible double and made it a close game,” Martin told the Canadian Press.

Brad Jacobs also stayed undefeated after beating Mike McEwen’s rink from Winnipeg 7-5. Glenn Howard’s rink from Coldwater, Ont. beat fellow Ontario skip, Epping 9-5, leaving both with a 1-1 record.

Stoughton, like Koe understands it will be an up-hill battle and neither have room to lose another game. Simmons stated prior to going that a record of 5-2 is probably a must to make the playoffs.

“It’s not where we wanted to be after two games,” Stoughton said. “There’s five games left … We’re not out of this by any means.”

On the women’s side of the event, an underdog is now on top of the standings after the night draw.

Edmonton’s Val Sweeting is the lone undefeated rink with a 3-0 record after beating former world champion Jennifer Jones.

The veteran Jones was up three early, but Sweeting stole four points in the seventh end to pull ahead for the 9-6 victory.

The best and only finish for the Sweeting rink to date at a Scotties was 4-7 in 2010.

“The record is a bonus,” said Sweeting.

Saskatoon’s Stefanie Lawton got her first win at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings by edging Renee Sonnenberg of Grand Prairie, Alta. 7-6 in the night draw.

That rink now has a record of 1-2, same with Sherry Middaugh, Rachel Homan, Sonnenberg and Heather Nedohin.

Nedohin defeated Middaugh 6-3 and Chelsea Carey of Winnipeg defeated Ottawa’s Rachel Homan 9-8.

Action for the men begins in the morning with Stoughton and Epping playing, Koe with play Martin, Jacobs and Howard squaring off and McEwen and Morris battling. The men will also play in an evening draw with Koe playing Jacobs.

The action continues in the afternoon with Nedohin playing Sweeting, Middaugh and Homan playing, Sonnenberg facing Jones and Lawton squaring off with Carey.

Games will be broadcast on TSN.

-With files from the Canadian Press

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