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Jacobs to add to Canadian medal count on Friday

Thursday, February 20, 2014   by: Brad Coccimiglio

As Sault Ste. Marie preps for about three hours of shutdown on Friday morning beginning around 8:30, a Sault product could continue a pretty successful period for Canadian athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

With Brad Jacobs curling for a gold medal against Great Britain’s David Murdoch on Friday morning, the team could give Canada its third gold medal in two days thanks to a pair of gold medals on Thursday.

Following their semi-final 10-6 win over China, the Jacobs rink will face a Great Britain team skipped by David Murdoch, who beat Sweden’s Niklas Edin in the other semi-final. Jacobs scored in the ninth end before picking up a steal of one in the tenth end in a 7-5 round robin win over Murdoch.

Regardless of the outcome, Jacobs will add to Caanda’s medal haul of late.

Jennifer Jones and her Canadian women’s curling team picked up gold by beating Sweden on Thursday 6-3 to complete the tournament without a loss in 11 games.

In women’s hockey, Canada’s Marie-Phillipe Poulin scored the overtime winner 8:10 into the extra period to give Canada a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the United States.

Poulin’s winner was her second of the night as she tied the game with 55 seconds left in regulation time, capping off a comeback that began when Brianne Jenner scored with 3:26 remaining in regulation time. Poulin’s tying goal came moments after American forward Kelli Stack’s chance at an empty Canadian goal hit the post to set the stage for the final minute heroics.

Three members of the team – Haley Wickenheiser, Caroline Ouellette and Jayna Hefford – each won their fourth Olympic gold medal in the win.

Other Canadian medal winners include:

Medal Count

  1. USA – 25 (eight gold, six silver, 11 bronze)
  2. Russia – 23 (seven gold, nine silver, seven bronze)
  3. Netherlands – 22 (six gold, seven silver, nine bronze)
  4. Norway – 21 (10 gold, four silver, seven bronze)
  5. Canada – 20 (seven gold, nine silver, four bronze)

Note: countries ranked by total medals