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Koe beats Stoughton to set up four-way tie at Brier

Team Northwest Territories/Yukon skip Jamie Koe (L) and his brother, Team Alberta skip Kevin Koe (R), guide their teams during the fourth end at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier curling championships in Kamloops, British Columbia March 3, 2014.

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Alberta's Kevin Koe set up a three-way tie for first at the Canadian men's curling championship Monday night with a 10-4 win in eight ends over previously unbeaten Jeff Stoughton from Manitoba.

John Morris of B.C. then beat Eddie MacKenzie of Prince Edward Island 10-4, leaving Morris, Koe and Stoughton all tied at 4-1 at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops, B.C.

Newfoundland and Labrador's Brad Gushue improved to 2-3 with a 9-7 win over James Grattan of New Brunswick, who won his first game in the earlier draw.

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Northern Ontario improved to 2-3 by beating still winless Jamie Murphy of Nova Scotia 9-6.

Koe grabbed a three in the third end and stole a crippling four in eight when Stoughton was forced to try a low percentage angle raise into a crowded four-foot and his stone sailed past.

Stoughton shook hands at that point.

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