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Jacobs rink headed to Olympic trials

Jacobs rink headed to Olympic trials

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It wasn't easy.

But the Sault Ste. Marie rink skipped by Brad Jacobs has earned a spot in the Canadian Olympic trials.

Jacobs defeated Brad Gushue of St. John's N.L., 7-5 Sunday night in the final game of the Capital One Road to the Roar, the pre-Olympic trials, in Kitchener.

The six-day, triple-knockout event sends two men's teams and two women's teams to the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, the Canadian curling Trials, Dec. 1-8 in Winnipeg.

From there will come Canada's two representatives for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

“This feels amazing,” said Jacobs, who's joined by third Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden. “It even feels better than I thought it would.”

Leading 2-1, Team Jacobs surrendered steals of one in both the third and fourth ends. That gave Gushue a 3-2 lead heading into the fifth end.

But the defending Brier champions scored three in the fifth to take command of the contest.

“That really was the key,” Jacobs said of the fifth end. “That gave us the momentum back.”

Laying two with the hammer, Jacobs had a wide-open draw to the eight-foot to score his three.

“We played well tonight (Sunday),” he said. “Not our absolute best, but pretty good.”

Jacobs had his first chance to advance Saturday afternoon. Playing in the page playoff A-B final, the Soo Curlers Association rink dropped a 5-4 decision to John Morris of Kelowna, B.C.

When it was mentioned to him that he and his mates often take a difficult route before reaching their goal, Jacobs chuckled.

“The loss to Morris was a little tough to absorb,” he admitted. “But we're really good at bouncing back. We knew we had two shots at advancing.”

After losing their opening match last Tuesday, members of the Jacobs rink reeled off four consecutive wins before losing to Morris.

They finished this event with five wins and two losses.

“It was such a grinding week and to be going to the Olympic Trials now, we're thrilled,” Jacobs said.

Rinks skipped by Renee Sonnenberg of Grande Prairie, Alta., and Edmonton's Val Sweeting won the two women's berths in Kitchener and are also headed to Winnipeg.

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