Koe’s quest begins with 2 wins
GANGNEUNG — Canada’s Kevin Koe opened the Olympic men’s curling competition Tuesday with two straight wins.
The Calgary skip earned a 5-3 victory over Italy’s Joel Retornaz in the first draw before capturing a 6-4 decision over Great Britain’s Kyle Smith in the second.
Despite the solid start, neither of Koe’s wins were dominant.
Canada needed two in the eighth end to take 4-2 lead over Italy, which pulled to within 4-3 with one in the ninth.
Koe cemented the win with one in the 10th.
“I think we knew we were going to get a good test,” said vice skip Marc Kennedy. “That (Italy) is a good team. Joel Retornaz has been around a while. He’s beaten Canadian teams before.
“That game could have gone the other way.”
Canada’s skip Kevin Koe prepares to throw the stone against Britain on Wednesday.