Kevin Koe has quickly made a splash at his first Brier.

The Alberta skip kept pace with Ontario’s Glenn Howard atop the leaderboard by knocking off Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador 7-6 in last night’s late draw.

Koe, whose team is regarded as one of the best in the country but has never been to the Canadian men’s curling championship in part because of the success of provincial rival Kevin Martin, is unbeaten along with Howard at 3-0.

“I’m feeling good,” the 35-year-old Koe said. “We played better today than yesterday for sure. It’s a long week and the longer you can go without those losses the better.”

Alberta also knocked off P.E.I.’s Rod MacDonald 9-4 yesterday.

Howard, the 2007 champion, squeaked past British Columbia’s Jeff Richard 7-6 in the afternoon yesterday and dumped Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs 9-4 in the morning.