B.C. skip Jim Cotter surveys the situation with Ontario skip Mark Kean right behind him Tuesday morning in the Tim Hortons Brier at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

B.C. skip Jim Cotter surveys the situation with Ontario skip Mark Kean right behind him Tuesday morning in the Tim Hortons Brier at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Cotter brushes back Ontario at Brier

Vernon’s Jim Cotter remains in the hunt for the Tim Hortons Brier Canadian men’s curling championship

  • Mar. 3, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Vernon’s Jim Cotter remains in the hunt for the Tim Hortons Brier Canadian men’s curling championship that barely eluded him a year ago.

Cotter, the 2014 Brier runner-up, improved to 3-2 Tuesday morning in Calgary with an 8-3 win over Mark Kean of Ontario, salting away the match by scoring four in the ninth end.

“We seem to play a lot of tight games so we’re used to that,” said Cotter, whose team won every game by a single point in the provincials at the Vernon Curling Club last month.

“We don’t seem to blow anybody away, we don’t try to. It’s just game management and end management and just try to be tied up coming home with (hammer), sort of thing.”

Cotter took on Quebec’s Jean-Michel Ménard (2-3) Tuesday afternoon.

Cotter, backed by third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffith of Kelowna and lead Rick Sawatsky, was in a four-way tie for third place with Alberta’s Kevin Koe, Newfoundland/Labrador’s Brad Gushue and Manitoba’s Reid Carruthers following the morning draw Tuesday.

See Wednesday’s Morning Star for further Brier coverage.