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Jacobs rink battles back to clinch playoff berth

A pair of steals helped Team Jacobs to a 3-0 record and playoff spot in Oakville
2020-01-18 Brad Jacobs Canadian Open AM
Brad Jacobs in action at the Canadian Open. Photo courtesy Anil Mungal/The Grand Slam of Curling

It took a come-from-behind victory, but Brad Jacobs and his team from the Community First Curling Centre locally advanced to the playoff round of this weekend’s Stu Sells Oakville Tankard

Trailing 4-1 through four ends, the Jacobs rink scored in three of the final four ends to beat Matt Dunstone of Regina, Sask. 6-5 Saturday evening to remain unbeaten in the triple knockout event.

The Jacobs rink, which includes third Marc Kennedy, second E.J. Harnden, and lead Ryan Harnden, sit at 3-0 heading into Sunday and joins Bruce Mouat of Scotland as the first two teams to clinch playoff spots in the tournament.

After Jacobs opened the scoring in the first end, Dunstone blanked the second and scored a pair in the third to take the lead.

Dunstone pulled ahead further thanks to a steal of two in the fourth end.

Jacobs pulled to within one in the fifth and tied the game thanks to a steal of one in the sixth before taking the lead with a steal of two more in the seventh.

After a win on opening day over Edmonton’s Karsten Sturmay, the Jacobs rink opened action on Saturday with an 8-3 win over Korey Dropkin of Duluth, Minn. in the morning draw.

The teams traded deuces in the opening two ends with Jacobs opening the scoring before Dropkin got two right back in the second end.

Jacobs proceeded to take the lead for good with another pair in the third end before increasing the lead to 5-2 with a steal of one in the fourth.

Dropkin cut the lead to 5-3 with a single in the sixth end before Jacobs sealed the win with three in the seventh.

The win moved the Jacobs rink into the final of the A Group qualifier of the triple knockout event against Matt Dunstone of Regina, Sask. Saturday afternoon.

Round robin play continues on Sunday with quarter-final action scheduled for Monday morning.