Canada’s Kevin Koe spoke Sunday about the team’s loss against Sweden in the world men’s curling championship, saying they played a good game but just didn’t end with the result they wanted.
Canada skip Kevin Koe put on a master 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 thrilling one-point playoff wins a day earlier, Koe couldn’t pull it out again in the biggest game of the competition Sunday night. Sweden’s Niklas Edin kept the pressure on and didn’t stop until he had a 7-2 victory and his fourth career world title.
“It sucks, we wanted to win this so badly and it’s very 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 more points in the ninth end when Koe’s desperation quadruple-takeout attempt was slightly off the mark.
“It feels amazing.” Edin said. “This was probably the sweetest 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 had a chance for a force in the second end but 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 big-weight double and rolled it back under cover before following with a nice runback. He kept the pressure on in the fourth with a hit that rolled behind a corner guard. Edin was forced to draw for a single.
Koe didn’t have to make a draw until he had 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 skip made the packed house at the Enmax Centre pop in the sixth end when he hit a double takeout to sit three. Edin was forced to draw for a single to pull even.
“The support has been awesome,” Koe said. “It’s just a pity that we couldn’t win it for them.”
Koe made another double in the seventh end to get a blank and keep hammer.
Several rocks were in play in the eighth end before play was delayed for about five minutes due to a loose handle. Edin played the repaired rock and made a double takeout to sit three.
Koe was forced to draw the four-foot and came up short to give Sweden a two-point lead.
“Obviously we kind of lost some of the control,” Koe said. “Tied up with hammer playing eight, that’s a good spot to be in and we didn’t play a good end obviously, and that’s what cost us.”