Koe skips Canada to curling world title in Switzerland
A draw for two huge points in the ninth end by skip Kevin Koe helped Canada to a 5-3 win to claim the World Men’s Curling Championship on Sunday in Basel, Switzerland.
The gold medal win is the first for a Curling Canada side at worlds since 2012, which incidentally also happened in Basel with the Glenn Howard rink that included Brent Laing as the team’s second.
In a tense affair against Denmark – the third time the two teams met in this tournament – Canada trailed 2-1 after the third end, when Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne had a nose-hit to give his country two points.
Two ends later it was Canada’s turn to score a deuce, when Koe drew his last rock into the house to put the Canadians up 3-2.
In the sixth end, Stjerne drew into the open for a single, making it 3-3.
Canada managed to keep Denmark at bay the next two ends, setting up a pivotal ninth end when the game opened up for Canada after Stjerne took a daring chance, but failed to run off a Canadian rock on his last stone, leaving it wide open for Koe to score two for 5-3.
The championship ended in Canada’s favour when Koe took out a Danish stone from the house. That left Stjerne out of stones and sealed Canada’s world title.
Koe had previously skipped Canada to a world title in 2010.