Brad Jacobs's rink ready for shot at curling gold
Canadians have won 7 straight games
After a slow start, Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie rink are rolling into the gold-medal final of the men's Olympic curling tournament, hoping to make it a golden three-peat for Canada.
Jacobs and his teammates Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden will face Great Britain's David Murdoch on Friday in Sochi (streaming live at 8:30 a.m. ET on cbc.ca/olympics).
After a lacklustre 1-2 record to begin the Olympic tournament, Jacobs and his team appear to have hit their stride, rattling off seven straight wins including a 10-6 semifinal victory over China's Rui Liu.
Murdoch is in the final by virtue of a 6-5 win in the semis over the top-seeded rink of Sweden's Niklas Edin.
Since the Jacobs foursome is the higher seed in the final, that gives the Canadians a slight edge to begin the gold medal match.
"The fact that we now get hammer against Great Britain is a lot better than not getting hammer against Sweden," Fry said on Wednesday.
Close game expected
In their round-robin matchup, Jacobs emerged with a 7-5 win, but only after Murdoch's final stone overcurled, missing a chance to tie and force the game into an extra-end.
A Jacobs win on Friday would mark the third time in as many Games that the Canadian men take home the gold. Brad Gushue won in Turin in 2006, followed by Kevin Martin in Vancouver in 2010.
While the pressure is on for Canada to make it three-in-a-row, Murdoch says he knows there are plenty of folks back home rooting for his team.
"It's brilliant. The support we are getting from home has been incredible. We are getting a lot of messages on Twitter and people phone us," Murdoch said.