Canada skips Kevin Koe put on an ace class of exquisite shotmaking during the world men’s curling championship, providing a bevy of highlight-reel shots that helped his team reach the final.
A magical in-off. Clutch triple takeouts. Even a rare quadruple takeout.
After two exciting one-point playoff wins multi-day sooner, Koe couldn’t haul it out again in the greatest round of the competition Sunday night. Sweden’s Niklas Edin kept the weight on and didn’t stop until he had a 7-2 victory and his fourth career world title.
“It sucks, we needed to win this so severely and it’s disappointing,” Koe said. “We’re pretty deflated. After the eighth (end) we felt terrible – a steal of two was disappointing. It’s unfortunate but they’re a great team.”
Edin stole three additional focuses in the ninth end when Koe’s distress fourfold takeout endeavor was slightly off the mark.
“It feels stunning,” Edin said. “This was probably the best win of my career. We’ve never played better than this for an event. It felt like we were dominating the whole week.”
Edin beat Canada’s Brad Gushue in last year’s world final in Las Vegas to avenge a loss to the St. John’s, N.L., skip a year earlier in Edmonton. Edin’s first world crown came in 2013 and he won again in 2015.
Koe won world gold in 2010 and 2016.
After an opening blank, Koe got an opportunity for power in the second end however his runback took out a Swedish stone and his own rock. That allowed Edin to blank once again.
Canada was in danger of giving up four points in the third end but managed to steal a single when Edin jammed on a double-takeout attempt.
Koe hit a major weight twofold and moved it back under spread before following with a decent runback. He kept the pressure on in the fourth with a hit that moved behind a corner guard. Edin was compelled to draw for a single.
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Koe didn’t need to make a draw until he had a hammer for the first time in the fifth. His first throw was slightly off line but his second draw found the four-foot ring for a 2-1 lead.
The Calgary avoid made the packed house at the Enmax Center fly in the 6th end when he hit a twofold takeout to sit three. Edin was compelled to attract for a solitary to pull even.
“The help has been awesome,” Koe said. “It’s just a pity that we couldn’t win it for them.”
Koe made another twofold in the seventh end to get clear and keep hammer.
A few rocks were in play in the eighth end before play was postponed for around five minutes because of a free handle. Edin played the fixed shake and made a twofold takeout to sit three.
Koe was compelled to draw the four-foot and missed the mark to give Sweden an important lead.
“Clearly we sort of lost a portion of the control,” Koe said. “Tied up with sled playing eight, that is a decent spot to be in and we didn’t play a good end obviously, and that’s what cost us.”
Swedish third Oskar Eriksson made an excellent double takeout in the ninth end and Canada couldn’t recover.
Switzerland’s Peter De Cruz crushed Japan’s Yuta Matsumura 8-4 prior in the day to win the bronze medal. De Cruz led the pack with four in the seventh and stole singles in the following two finishes for the victory.
Koe, lead Ben Hebert, second Colton Flasch and third B.J. Neufeld are in their first season together as a foursome.
The silver medal ends an extreme stretch of results for Canada’s four-player groups on major events.
Koe did not reach the platform at the Pyeongchang Olympics a year ago and the Canadian ladies’ group skipped by Rachel Homan additionally did not win a medal.
Canada’s Chelsea Carey missed the playoffs finally month’s reality women’s championship in Silkeborg, Denmark. Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni defeated Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg in that final.
Edin earned the principal seed in the round-robin standings with an 11-1 record. He beat Koe 9-4 prior in the week.
Canada was the third seed in a six-group playoff pool that likewise incorporated the United States and Scotland. Italy, Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, China, Norway, and South Korea missed the cut.
Total attendance for the nine-day event was 69,077. The Enmax Centre has a capacity of about 4,500 for curling.
The 2020 world men’s championship will be held in Glasgow, Scotland.
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