Canada's Brad Jacobs rebounds with win over Russia
Men's curling team record now stands at 2-2
Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie rink got back in the win column at the Olympic men's curling tournament in Sochi with a 7-4 win over the host Russian squad on Wednesday.
Coming off back-to-back losses to Switzerland and Sweden, Canada never trailed in the game against Russia's Andrey Drozdov, whose team dropped to 0-4.
After scoring a pair in the second end, Jacobs gave up a steal of one in the fourth before notching four in the fifth end.
"It was nice to take the crowd out of the game with that four-ender and it was nice to see all of us with the same intensity that we have had at the Brier, at the worlds and at the trials," Jacobs said. "That was the main difference in that game and it's nice to be 2-2 now rather than 1-3."
After Drozdov blanked the sixth and seventh ends, he scored a pair to close the deficit to two.
With the hammer in the ninth, Jacobs took a single and ran Drozdov out of stones in the 10th to seal the win.
Canada's next game is on Thursday against Denmark at 5 a.m. ET, where Jacobs hopes his team maintains the level of play they had against the hosts.
"At this point we just need to keep our intensity as high as humanly possible," he said. "Each guy on the team should really live and die on every rock thrown. I think that's one of the keys to our success; the emotion and the intensity that we bring to each and every game.
"Hopefully we can keep that up and even raise it more."