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Alberta moves into first place at Tim Horton's Brier

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According to TSN on Thursday, skip Kevin Koe of Calgary has guided his Alberta rink into first place at the 2014 Tim Horton's Brier in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Team Alberta currently has a record of 8-1 and is a half game up on both Manitoba and British Columbia who are each at 8-2.

Koe's curling team which includes third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen, moved to the top of the standings after Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton (8-2), the 1996 and 2011 world curling champion, defeated John Morris of British Columbia (8-2) by a score of 7-6 in 11 ends on Thursday morning in one of only two games that were played.

On Wednesday, Koe delivered lopsided victories over Nova Scotia and Ontario. However, even though he defeated Nova Scotia 7-3 and Ontario 10-5, he was significantly tested by both teams. In their 10-5 victory, Ontario skip Greg Balsdon actually had a chance for four points in one end, but ended up allowing Koe to steal for a point when he did not make a long run back. Koe did make a marvelous draw to the corner of the button for three points in the sixth end.

Alberta plays Prince Edward Island this afternoon (2:30 p.m. mountain time) and Quebec Friday morning (9:30 a.m.) to close out the round robin.

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