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Northern Ontario, Alberta stay unbeaten at Canadian men's curling championship

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BRANDON, Man. — Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs and Alberta's Kevin Koe stayed unbeaten at the Canadian men's curling championship Thursday.

Both teams won their first games of the championship pool to improve to 8-0.

Trailing Brendan Bottcher's wild-card team 6-4 heading into the 10th end, Koe hit for three and the win.

Northern Ontario continued its dominance thumping B.C.'s Jim Cotter 11-5.

Defending champion Brad Gushue doubled Manitoba's Mike McEwen 6-3 to get to 7-1.

Edmonton's Bottcher fell to 6-2 with the loss to his Alberta rival.

Ontario's Scott McDonald improved to 5-3 with a 7-4 victory over Saskatchewan's Kirk Muyres.

Manitoba, Saskatchewan and B.C. were all 4-4.

The top four teams from the championship pool advance to Saturday's Page playoff. The final is Sunday.

The Canadian Press