Koe rink wins final two games at Olympic qualifiers

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Pat Simmons watches his stone, while Nolan Thiessen, left, and Carter Rycroft sweep at last year's Capital One Canada Cup of Curling.

For the second straight Roar of the Rings, Pat Simmons will finish with a 2-5 record.

The Kevin Koe rink, which features Moose Jaw's Simmons at third, finished play at the Roar of the Rings with a 5-4 win Friday over Mike McEwen in Winnipeg. The loss knocked McEwen out of the competition and ensured that John Morris would earn the final semifinal spot.

The Koe rink — which also has Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen as the front end — dropped their first five games before winning their final two.

They finished in good company as their disappointing record was Glenn Howard.

Each of the Koe rink’s first three games came down to the final stone — such is the tight margin between victory and defeat at the Olympic qualifiers.

The Koe rink shot a respectable 84 per cent during the competition and finished last in team percentage — a testament to the quality of the curling on display in Winnipeg.

Simmons was the fifth ranked third in the competition as he shot 85 per cent.

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Winnipeg

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