KAMLOOPS — British Columbia is one more win away from what would be the province's first Canadian men's curling championship in 14 years. B.C. vice-skip Jim Cotter put on a curling clinic for the ages here at Interior Savings Centre in the page playoff 1 vs 2 game Friday night, authoring a steady diet of double and triple takeouts for the first four ends as B.C. jumped out to a 6-1 lead en route to a dominating 9-5 victory over Alberta's Kevin Koe.
With the win, B.C. now advances to Sunday's Brier final where Cotter, who was born and raised right here in Kamloops, will have a chance on home ice to win this province its first Brier since Greg McAulay won in 2000. "Jimmy made a couple highlight reel shots," said B.C. skip John Morris. "And Jimmy being a Kamloops boy — there's just a great vibe in there and it's something special to be a part of."
Alberta, meanwhile, will be riding a two-game losing streak — Koe also lost his final round-robin game Friday morning, falling 7-5 to Quebec —heading into Saturday night¹s semifinal, where Alberta will play the winner of Saturday afternoon's Page playoff 3 vs 4 game between Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton and Quebec's Jean-Michel Ménard.
Manitoba lost 10-4 to Alberta when the two teams met during the round-robin Monday night. But Manitoba was also one of just two teams —Quebec was the other — who beat B.C. this week, winning 7-6 when the two teams met Thursday morning.