Sault Ste. Marie’s Brad Jacobs continued action at the latest Grand Slam of Curling event, the Canadian Open, on Thursday with an important win.
The Jacobs rink, which includes third Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden, and lead Ryan Harnden, picked up a 7-6 win over Braden Calvert of Winnipeg to make it to the B Bracket final and remain in contention for a playoff spot at the six-day event in North Battleford, Sask.
With the two teams tied at five, Jacobs scored a pair in the seventh end to take the lead and hold Calvert to one in the eighth end to pick up the win.
A triple knockout tournament, teams began the event as part of an A Bracket.
Once a team loses three games, it is eliminated from the tournament. All teams begin the six-day event in an A Bracket. Teams that lose are moved to the B Bracket and then to the C Bracket if they lose again. Teams that lose in the C Bracket are eliminated from the tournament.
On both the men’s and women’s side, two teams from the A Bracket, three teams from the B Bracket and two teams from the C Bracket qualify for the playoff round.
Jacobs will face Glenn Howard of Penetanguishene, Ont. on Friday evening in the B Bracket final. The winner there moves on to the playoff round while the losing team drops to the C Bracket and will need a win to avoid elimination.