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Kevin Koe advances to Curling Skins Game final

Skip Kevin Koe reacts to a shot during semi-final action at the TSN Curling Skins Game at Casino Rama in Orillia, Ont., Saturday, Jan.7, 2012. Koe won over the Kevin Martin rink. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Bell Media-

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Kevin Koe earned a spot in the final of the 2012 TSN Curling Skins Game, scoring $10,3000 with his win over last year's Skins champion Kevin Martin.

Koe, from Calgary, will face off against the winner of Saturday's late semifinal between world champion Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg and Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont.

Koe pocketed five skins at Casino Rama's Entertainment Centre, to secure his team a place in Sunday's final.

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Edmonton's Martin won three skins and takes home $5,700. He remains the TSN Skins Game all-time leader in prize money with $418,850 won over 13 appearances.

Koe was in control for the entire game, making a big shot with the hammer in the sixth end to take a decisive $5,300 to $2,700 lead over Martin.

With last rock, Martin made it close by winning the $3,000 skin in the seventh end, but Koe came back in the eighth and final end to make a double-angle raise to score two and take home the last skin worth $5,000.

The annual invitational tournament features four of the best curling teams in the world competing for $75,000 in prize money.

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