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Cotter returns to Tim Horton's Brier after capturing third straight Canadian Direct Insurance Curling Championship

Skip Jim Cotter watches as teammate Ryan Kuhn (center) and Rick Sawatsky sweep a stone into the house during the eighth end of Sunday's 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance Curling Championships at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

There are going to be a lot of familiar faces at the 2016 Tim Horton’s Brier in Ottawa.

And Jim Cotter is one of them.

The Vernon skip reeled off six consecutive victories en route to his third consecutive BC Men’s title at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance Curling Championships Sunday night at the Nelson Curling Club.

The clincher came in the final as Cotter, third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrell Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky defeated Sean Geall of New Westminster 7-6.

“It feels great,” Cotter said following the victory.

Job is far from over as Cotter edges Geall to advance into final of 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships

Skip Jim Cottter and third Ryan Kuhn watch along with the crowd as second Tyrel Griffth sweeps this rock into the house during eighth end action Saturday at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

You could tell by the tone in Ryan Kuhn’s post game interview the job is far complete for Vernon’s Jim Cotter rink.

There was no jumping for joy following the post-game handshake after the ninth end.

No tossing of the brooms into the air after Cotter nailed his second shot to score three in the ninth.

UPDATED: Rebels complete weekend sweep of Nelson Leafs

UPDATED: Rebels complete weekend sweep of Nelson Leafs

The Castlegar Rebels completed a weekend sweep of the Nelson Leafs, doubling the Green and White 6-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

Chris Breese, Mike Bhotoa and Tayden Woods, also finishing with a pair of goals, led the Rebels each with three points.

Castlegar led 3-2 after the first period and 5-3 following 40 minutes of play.

Zach Smith, Breese, Ed Lindsey and Darren Medeiros also scored for Castlegar.

Joanisse, Jackson secure final two spots in 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship Page Playoff

Second Corey Chester and third Andrew Komlodi of Team Jackson advanced to the Page Playoff round after posting a win 7-4 win Friday over Jason Montgomery at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

The Final Four at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship is now complete after Dean Joanisse of New Westminster and Glen Jackson of Victoria secured the final two berths Friday night in C event action at the Nelson Curling Club.

Joanisse scored a pair in the tenth end to edge Neil Dangerfield of Victoria 5-4 while Jackson had an easier time, outlasting Victoria's Jason Montgomery 7-4.

The two rinks now meet in the Page Playoff 3-4 contest Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Nelson Curling Club.

Geall outlasts Jackson to advance to Page Playoff 1-2 game at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships

Geall third Andrew Bilesky encourages the front end of second Steve Kopf and lead Mark Olsen during the tenth end of the B-Final Friday afternoon at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Sean Geall has already had a great week after seeing first hand the birth of his third child.

The Royal City skip added to the excitement after qualifying for the Page Playoff 1-2 game Saturday at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships by outlasting Glen Jackson of Victoria 5-1 in the B-Final Friday at the Nelson Curling Club.

Trail Smoke Eaters fire head coach/general manager

Trail Smoke Eaters fire head coach/general manager

Nick Deschenes, has been relieved of his duties as GM/Head Coach of the Trail Smoke Eaters effective immediately.  President, Tom Gawryletz, stated, “The team has been outscored by a margin of 22-3 in the last three games but more importantly, it is obvious that the players are not responding to him.”

Cotter rink rolls into Page Playoff at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships

Jim Cotter of Vernon, along with third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffiths and lead Rick Sawatsky, have advanced into the Page Playoff as the top seeded team after edging out Michael Johnson of New Westminster 5-4 Thursday at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

Earlier in the week, Jim Cotter expressed that the goal of every team at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships was to “make the playoffs.”

Cotter grabbed the top spot in the Page Playoff Thursday night, holding off Michael Johnson of New Westminster 5-4 in the A-Final at the Nelson Curling Club.

The defending BC Men’s Champ took control of the game from the opening end, scoring the deuce in the first end.