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Jacobs beats Koe in the men’s final of Canada’s Olympic curling trials

Jacobs beats Koe

Key Takeaways:

  • Jones wins 8-3 over McCarville to advance to the women’s final against Fleury.
  • According to vice-skip Marc Kennedy, Team Jacobs members are simply trying to follow their skip’s lead at Canada’s Olympic curling trials.

The strategy is working, as another near-perfect performance from Brad Jacobs has the rink one win away from a Winter Games berth.

In Saturday’s men’s semifinal, Jacobs used a pair of in-off double-takeouts for big scores, defeating Kevin Koe 8-3. Jacobs scored four goals in the third end and four more in the fifth.

“Brad has been fantastic, and I think when you know your skip will make everything, it allows everyone to be a little more relaxed,” Kennedy said. “That’s been kind of the story of the week.” Jennifer Jones defeated Krista McCarville 8-3 later in the evening to advance to the women’s final against Tracy Fleury.

“These are the moments you play for,” said Jones, who, like Jacobs, won Olympic gold in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. After only six ends, Koe competed for Canada at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games but did not make the podium.

“Out there, it came to a quick thud,” Koe said. “It stinks.”

Jacobs has dominated the competition at the SaskTel Centre, with the only hiccup being a 7-6 extra-end loss to Brad Gushue. After the teams opened with a pair of blanks, he was in complete control of the match against Koe.

“This is simply the best team performance I can recall putting together to this point,” Jacobs said. “I believe we are all very confident going into tomorrow’s final.” Jones scored a deuce in the eighth end of the semifinal, forcing McCarville to try an angle-raise double in the ninth end to score her deuce. However, McCarville was unable to clear the stones and forfeited a two-point steal.

“Fortunately for us, we had a couple of misses that kind of shifted the momentum of the game in our favor,” Jones said.

Einarson, McCarville, and Scheidegger were all 4-4 in the round-robin standings. Because of the women’s tiebreaker schedule, the men’s semifinal was moved from the evening to the afternoon. The change allowed both semifinals to be televised while keeping the leading games on the same sheet.

Source: CBC News

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