Koe’s quest be­gins with 2 wins

Waterloo Region Record - - Sports -

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.”

AARON FAVILA THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Canada’s skip Kevin Koe pre­pares to throw the stone against Bri­tain on Wed­nes­day.

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