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Jacobs rebounds with win at curling trials

The Jacobs rink is 4-1 through five days at the Olympic Curling Trials in Saskatoon
2021-03-07 Team Jacobs 2021 Brier Michael Burns
Brad Jacobs, left, and Marc Kennedy discuss strategy during the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary.

After suffering its first loss at the 2021 Tim Hortons Curling Trials in Saskatoon on Tuesday, Sault Ste. Marie’s Brad Jacobs and his team from the Community First Curling Centre got back into the win column on Wednesday.

The Jacobs rink, which includes third Marc Kennedy, second E.J. Harnden, and lead Ryan Harnden, picked up a 7-5 win over Jason Gunnlaugson of the Morris Curling Club in Morris, Man.

The teams traded points throughout the game before Jacobs stole a pair in the eight end and stole one more in the ninth end to seal the win.

Gunnlaugson opened the scoring with a pair in the opening end with the hammer.

After Jacobs scored a pair in the second to tie the game, the teams traded singles in the subsequent two ends.

Gunnlaugson took the lead with a pair in the fifth end to go up 5-3.

Jacobs picked up a single in the sixth end to cut the lead to one before Gunnlaugson blanked the seventh end, setting the stage for the steals that allowed Jacobs to pick up the win.

With a 4-1 record, the Jacobs rink returns to action on Thursday afternoon against Kevin Koe of Calgary.

Jacobs will then wrap up round robin action on Friday with a pair of games in the nine-day event.

The team will face Mike McEwen in the morning draw before ending the day with a game against Tanner Horgan in the evening draw.

Following the completion of the round robin, the team with the best record will advance to Sunday’s championship game while the second- and third-place teams will meet in semifinal action on Saturday night.

The champion will represent Canada in the Olympic Games in February in Beijing.