Vernon’s Jim Cotter and Team B.C. won their opening match at the 2020 Tim Hortons Canadian Brier in Kingston on Saturday, Feb. 29. (Curling Canada photo).

Vernon’s Jim Cotter and Team B.C. won their opening match at the 2020 Tim Hortons Canadian Brier in Kingston on Saturday, Feb. 29. (Curling Canada photo).

Cotter, Team BC start strong at 2020 Brier

The team beat the Northwest Territories 6-4 Saturday in first Canadian curling championship match

Jim Cotter’s journey to the Canadian Men’s curling title got off to a strong start Saturday, Feb. 29.

Team BC beat the Northwest Territories 6-4 in its first test at the 2020 Tim Hortons Canadian Brier in Kingston, Ontario.

Cotter hails from Vernon and the team is rounded out by Kelowna’s Andrew Nerpin and Rick Sawatsky as well as Saskatoon import Steve Laycock.

Playing as the team’s skip, Cotter was also its best performer, making 83 per cent of his shots through the full 10 ends. It was a well-rounded performance as Sawatsky was firing at 78 per cent, and Nerpin and Laycock at 75 per cent.

The game was even through four ends, but in the fifth end Team B.C. jumped ahead two points and didn’t look back.

For their second game the B.C. boys take on Ontario tomorrow (Sunday) at 11 a.m. Both teams are 1-0 as Ontario topped Team Canada 5-3 in its opening match Saturday morning.

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Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
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