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John Epping, Kevin Koe to meet in Canada Cup men's final

Toronto's John Epping scored a 12-4 victory over Edmonton's Brendan Bottcher on Saturday in the Canada Cup semifinals, setting up a championship draw against Calgary's Kevin Koe.

Tracy Fleury to play Rachel Homan in women's championship draw

Toronto’s John Epping won Saturday’s men’s semifinal at the 2019 Home Hardware Canada Cup, and will play Kevin Koe in Sunday’s final. (Curling Canada/Michael Burns)

Toronto's John Epping scored a 12-4 victory over Edmonton's Brendan Bottcher on Saturday in the Canada Cup semifinals, setting up a championship draw against Calgary's Kevin Koe.

Epping, vice-skip Ryan Fry, second Mat Cam and lead Brent Laing earned the victory less than 24 hours after falling 7-3 to Bottcher in the final round-robin draw.

Later Saturday, Tracy Fleury of East St. Paul, Man. beat Calgary's Chelsea Carey 9-4 in nine ends in the women's semifinal. Fleury will play Ottawa's Rachel Homan in the women's championship draw.

Epping took advantage of a shaky start by Bottcher and built up an 8-1 lead after four ends.

Epping scored a pair of back-to-back four-enders when Bottcher's last-rock draws fell short of the house in the third and fourth ends.

"We played a pretty solid game today," said Epping. "Once we got up three, then seven, we were able to hit away. Overall, a good performance day for us."

It will be Epping's first shot at a Canada Cup title while Koe is looking to win his third. He won in 2008 as vice-skip for Blake MacDonald and in 2015 as skip.

Fleury scored three in the opening end against Carey and never trailed.

She went ahead 7-2 through seven ends and ended any chance of a comeback with a deuce in the ninth.

"It's really exciting," said Fleury. "We've been having a really good season, so we knew we would be a contender here. I'm really happy to have made it this far."

Both the men's and women's final are Sunday.

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