Cortina d’Ampezzo – Friday April 9th: Canada’s Kevin Koe produced the best-possible response to his 8-9 round-robin loss to Norway on Thursday with a thumping 11-5 win in just eight ends over the same team on Friday evening in the Page Play-off 1 v 2 game at the Capital One World Men’s Curling Championship.
This result puts the Canadians straight into Sunday’s final, when they may well face Norway again, who, under curling’s Page play-off system, now drop into the semi-final to await the winner of Saturday morning’s Page 3 v 4 game – either USA or Scotland - with the winner of that game going onto the final, and the loser playing for bronze against the semi-final loser.
Afterwards, Canadian skip Kevin Koe said, “I wasn’t too worried after our game yesterday, it wasn’t our best game but we’ve been good at bouncing back after losses and we got off to a really good start today and played well. It can be a funny game, some days you’re off and some days you’re on. We flicked the switch from yesterday when we were off a little bit, and we played great”.
“We’ve always played well in the bigger games all year, so one more to go,” added Koe. “We don’t have any preferences (about who we face in the final). I’d be a little surprised if it’s not Norway, they’ve been the best team all week, but all three are pretty good”.
Asked about adding the world crown to his first Canadian title, won in Halifax last month, he said, “Once in a while you think about being world champion. It’s been quite a year and it’s now one more to go. It’d be nice to round it off with another big win and become world champs”.
Meanwhile Norwegian skip Torger Nergard said, “we got off to a bad start, we had to take some chances after they stole the two, and they got the five a couple of ends later, that was about it. We just didn’t execute well and they played phenomenally. We had to take some chances, and that’s why the numbers are so bad”.