Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Koe gets back on track at worlds

BEIJING—Canada’s Kevin Koe won both of his games at the world men’s curling championship today to move into sole possession of second place in the round-robin standings.
Koe started the day with a 9-1 blowout over Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov at Capital Indoor Stadium, then came back for a 10-6 win over Jiri Snitil of the Czech Republic in the late draw.

“For sure, you have to pull some games out,” noted Koe.
“We weren’t struggling as bad [as on Sunday],” he added. “The sheet was a lot better than yesterday, but no excuses.
The Czechs were playing really well and making some big shots.
“I was proud of the guys,” Koe said. “We really stayed in there, tried to stay positive, and keep it close.”
Koe, who suffered his only loss to Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi yesterday morning, improved to 4-1 after eight draws.
Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud was the lone undefeated team at 5-0.
Germany, Japan, Sweden, and Switzerland were tied for third place at 3-2 in the 12-team round-robin standings.
The Calgary-based team of Koe, lead Nolan Thiessen, second Carter Rycroft, and third Pat Simmons shot 96 percent as a team against Russia.
Canada will play the U.S. and Norway tomorrow. Round-robin play continues through Thursday.
The playoffs begin Friday, with the medal games scheduled for Sunday.

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