Team NWT loses final draw of 2017 Brier, finishes last

Skip Jamie Koe, front left, and the rest of Team NWT. Photo courtesy: Team Koe on Twitter.
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Team NWT lost its final draw of the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier against Ontario 6-5 on Friday morning.

The loss was skip Jamie Koe’s 10th of the men’s national curling championship.

Jamie Koe
Skip Jamie Koe.

Ironically, the club’s only win in the past week came against Newfoundland and Labrador – a team that advanced to the playoffs with the top overall record of 9-2.

Manitoba, Canada and Northern Ontario have also advanced to the playoffs.

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With a final record of 1-10, the NWT finished last alongside New Brunswick after coming in ninth last year (3-8) and last in 2015 (0-11).

Before this year’s championship, Koe told Moose FM the team’s goal was to be competitive and hopefully be in contention by the end of the week.

Luckily for some, there won’t be a pre-tournament qualifier ahead of next year’s Brier since the main draw will be expanding to 16 teams.

That’s good news for the Northwest Territories, which would be staring at relegation after finishing last this year.

The winner of the 2017 Brier will represent Canada at the men’s world curling championship next month in Edmonton.

Final standings after round-robin play. Stats courtesy: Curling Canada.
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