Team NWT earns its first win of the 2017 Brier, improves to 1-4

Jamie Koe, left, and the rest of Team NWT.
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The Northwest Territories has scored its first win of the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Skip Jamie Koe and his rink of Chris Schille, Brad Chorostkowski and Robert Borden beat Newfoundland and Labrador 8-4 on Tuesday morning to improve to 1-4 at the men’s national curling championship.

Team NWT suffered earlier defeats against New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario. Their only other game on Tuesday is against Alberta.

Koe will face his older brother – defending Brier champion Kevin Koe – and the rest of Team Canada on Wednesday afternoon.

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For the younger Koe, he’s competing in his 11th Tim Hortons Brier. His best performance came back in 2012 when he finished fourth.

Koe hasn’t been able to repeat that success since. His team finished ninth last year with a record of 3-8 after going winless during the 2015 Brier.

“Our goal is to be competitive and to be in the games,” Koe told Moose FM ahead of this year’s championship in St. John’s. “Hopefully we can be around at the end of the week.”

Round-robin play will conclude on Friday. Only the top four teams will advance to the playoffs.

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