Cotter square at West Coast Classic

Vernon’s Jim Cotter was 1-1 heading into Saturday afternoon play in the $52,000 West Coast Curling Classic in New Westminster.

Vernon’s Jim Cotter was 1-1 heading into Saturday afternoon play in the $52,000 West Coast Curling Classic in New Westminster.

Cotter, a two-time defending provincial champion, brushed back Steve Petryk of Calgary 6-2 Friday night after opening with a 7-5 loss to youngster Charley Thomas of Calgary earlier in the day.

Cotter, who won $7,000 in the Prestige Hotels Curling Classic Monday in Vernon, took on Brock Virtue of Regina in his third game Saturday. He will also face Randie Shen of China and Andrew Bilesky of Vancouver in preliminary action.

Bilesky, former world champion Kevin Koe, of Calgary, and Brent Pierce of the host Royal City club, were all 2-0 going into Saturday rocks.

There are 18 teams entered in the World Curling Tour event, including two-time defending champion Kevin Martin of Edmonton. Martin has won the classic five times.

Cotter is backed by new third Jason (The Gunner) Gunnlaugson, Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky.