Curling

Friday Nov. 8, 2013 17:06 ET

Brad Jacobs puts Brad Gushue on the brink: Road to the Roar

3 women's rinks eliminated at Olympic pre-qualifier

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Brad Jacobs, left, and teammates E.J. Harnden, centre, and Ryan Harnden, right, scored a 9-3 win over Brad Gushue in Kitchener, Ont. on Friday. (Canadian Press)

Brad Jacobs scored a big win on Friday and is one step closer to a playoff berth at the Road to the Roar in Kitchener, Ont., while Brad Gushue was left one loss away from elimination.

Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., downed Gushue of St. John’s, 9-3 (8) in the men’s B-side semifinal at the Canadian Olympic pre-trial curling event. Jacobs will be back in action tonight, taking on Steve Laycock of Saskatoon, Sask. in the B-side final at 7 p.m. ET. The winner of that match will face John Morris in the playoffs with a trip to the Canadian Olympic curling trials on the line. 

"We were taught at an early age to fight, no matter what, never give up," Jacobs said about finding the resilience to cope with the loss to Greg Balsdon on Tuesday.

Gushue will await the winner of the Jake Higgs and Joe Frans match set for Friday night. The loser of that tilt will be eliminated from competition.

Three women’s rinks were eliminated on Friday afternoon, as Shannon Kleibrink and Crystal Webster, both from Calgary, and Edmonton’s Laura Crocker all suffered their third losses in the triple-knockout format.

Renee Sonnenberg battled back from an early deficit and advanced to the Page playoffs with a 10-7 win over Cathy Auld in the women's B-event final.

Sonnenberg will meet A-event winner Kelly Scott of Kelowna, B.C., in the Page playoff A-B game on Saturday. The winner will be guaranteed one of the two remaining women's spots at the Olympic trials

"We were getting beat," Sonnenberg said after the game. "We had to take some risks. And it kind of worked brilliantly for us because we were going to lose if we didn't do something. So we finished up incredibly strong."

"We made some more precise draws and put more pressure on them," she said. "The first three quarters of the game we were chasing them a lot. So we turned that tide, took some risks early by setting up guards and leaving their counters in. They started having to chase us, and it panned out."

Auld, from Mississauga, Ont., moves to the C-Event and had another chance on Friday evening to get through to the playoffs of the triple-elimination tournament.

-- With files from The Canadian Press

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