Koe qualifies for Alberta Boston Pizza Cup playoffs

Kevin Koe at the 2015 Meridian Canadian Open in Yorkton, Sask. (Anil Mungal)

Calgary’s Kevin Koe advanced to the playoffs at the Alberta Boston Pizza Cup defeating Edmonton’s Mick Lizmore 6-1 in Friday night’s B-side qualifier in Camrose.

It was a bit of redemption for the defending champion Koe, who fell to Lizmore in the A-side of the triple knockout.

Koe will now face Charley Thomas in Saturday night’s A vs. B page playoff with the winner of that match moving straight to Sunday’s final.

The C-side qualifiers are set for Saturday afternoon with Lizmore meeting Brent Bawel, who beat Tom Sallows 9-2.

Kevin Yablonski scored a 9-4 victory over Glen Hansen. Yablonski faces Brendan Bottcher, who topped Jeff Erickson 6-4.


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NORTHERN ONTARIO

The playoff picture is starting to shape up at the Northern Ontario Travelers Championship in North Bay.

Brad Jacobs, the 2014 Olympic gold medallist from Sault Ste. Marie, sits atop of the round robin leaderboard with a 5-1 record and just one preliminary draw remaining.

Jacobs won both of his games Friday defeating Jordan Chandler 8-3 and Colin Koivula 9-2 to advance.

Chandler and Koivula are right behind Jacobs in the standings with 4-2 records. Koivula beat Mike Assad 8-6 and Chandler edged Assad 6-5 in an extra end.

Assad holds a 3-3 record tied with Tanner Horgan, who split his pair of games Friday falling 9-6 to Robbie Gordon and bouncing back to beat Patrick Gelinas 9-3.

Meanwhile, Dylan Johnston topped Gelinas 9-3 before losing to Gordon 8-2. Gordon (2-4), Johnston (2-4) and Gelinas (1-5) have been eliminated from contention.

The final round robin draw runs Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET.


MANITOBA

Mike McEwen is one step closer to qualifying for the page playoffs at the Manitoba Viterra Championship in Selkirk.

McEwen, a six-time Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling title winner, defeated Canadian junior champion Matt Dunstone 7-2 Friday night. The Winnipeg native McEwen will face William Lyburn on Saturday morning with a playoff spot on the line. Lyburn beat Dennis Bohn 6-4.

Defending champion Reid Carruthers faces Alex Forrest for the other spot in the 1 vs. 1 page playoff game. Carruthers earned a 7-2 victory over Daley Peters while Forrest topped Scott Ramsay 9-4.

The Manitoba Viterra Championship resumes Saturday morning at 9 a.m. CT.


B.C.

Sean Geall has reached the playoffs at the BC CDI Men's Championship after defeating Glen Jackson 5-1 during the B-side qualifier Friday in Nelson.

Geall will play five-time provincial champion Jim Cotter, who qualified through the A-side Thursday.

Later Friday, Jackson beat Jason Montgomery 7-4 and Dean Joanisse topped Neil Dangerfield 5-4 in the C-side qualifiers.



TIM HORTONS BRIER LINEUP

The 2016 Tim Hortons Brier runs March 5-13 in Ottawa.

Team Skip
Canada Pat Simmons
Alberta Playdowns: Feb. 10-14
BC Playdowns: Feb. 10-14
Manitoba Playdowns: Feb. 10-14
New Brunswick Mike Kennedy
Newfoundland & Labrador Brad Gushue
Northern Ontario Playdowns: Feb. 10-14
Northwest Territories Jamie Koe
Nova Scotia Jamie Murphy
Nunavut Wade Kingdon
Ontario Glenn Howard
PEI Adam Casey
Quebec Jean-Michel Menard
Saskatchewan Steve Laycock
Yukon Bob Smallwood

Pre-qualifying round: NWT, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and Yukon.