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Team Alberta skip Kevin Koe makes a shot during the Page Playoff 1 vs 2 draw against team Northern Ontario at the Brier in Brandon, Man., Saturday, March 9, 2019.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

Alberta’s Kevin Koe advanced to the final of the Canadian men’s curling championship with a 9-4 win over Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs in Saturday’s playoff game between tournament’s top two seeds.

After wins in 2016, 2014 and 2010, Koe can join Randy Ferbey, Kevin Martin and Ernie Richardson as the only skips to win four Briers.

It would also be the fourth time Koe has skipped a winning team with at least one new player in the lineup each time.

Jacobs needs to beat Brendan Bottcher’s wild-card team in Sunday afternoon’s semifinal to gain a rematch with Koe at night for the title.

Edmonton’s Bottcher ousted defending champion Brad Gushue 7-2 in Saturday’s playoff between the third and fourth seeds.

Koe is unbeaten at the Tim Hortons Brier at 12-0 heading into the final.

Alberta was quick out of the gates Saturday scoring two with hammer in the first end, stealing three in the second and generating another deuce in the fourth for a 7-1 lead.

Jacobs shook hands after eight ends.

B.J. Neufeld at third and Colton Flasch at second joined Koe and lead Ben Hebert for this season after Koe, Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing and Hebert placed fourth at last year’s Winter Olympics.

After losing two to open the provincial men’s championship, Koe’s revamped team out of Calgary’s Glencoe Club have won 17 games in a row.

Northern Ontario dominated the early part of the tournament. The team won eight in a row — including six that were over after eight ends — and Jacobs didn’t have to throw his last shot in the 10th in any of them.

But the wheels began to wobble for the Sault Ste. Marie rink in the championship pool. They’ve lost three of four heading into the semifinal.

While Koe and company sweated a lot more for wins during the week, they were relentless Saturday night.

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