Ja­cobs rink fly­ing along with sub­sti­tute third

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS -

ESTE­VAN, Sask. Brad Ja­cobs’s rink seems to be do­ing just fine with­out reg­u­lar third Ryan Fry.

The team from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., which added Marc Kennedy af­ter Fry started an in­def­i­nite leave last month fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing ex­ces­sive drink­ing with an­other squad, im­proved to 4-0 at the Canada Cup with a 7-4 win over Win­nipeg’s Matthew Dun­stone (0-3) in Thurs­day’s af­ter­noon draw.

Ear­lier Thurs­day Ja­cobs beat Win­nipeg’s Reid Car­ruthers 5-4 on last rock, mak­ing a wide out-turn tap of a Car­ruthers stone par­tially buried in the four-foot. Car­ruthers fell to 0-3. The wins by Ja­cobs guar­an­tees his team at min­i­mum a play­off tiebreaker game.

Kennedy feels the team’s chem­istry is strong in his first event with Ja­cobs.

“You get into that in­ner cir­cle and you see what makes guys tick, what gets them up, why they play, their love for the sport, their val­ues, their morals, their ethics,” said Kennedy.

“I’ve been be­yond im­pressed with what I’ve seen, and a lot in com­mon with them, to be hon­est — more so than I ever thought. I think we’ve meshed to­gether pretty well.”

Thurs­day didn’t go as well for John Ep­ping, who fell to 2-2 with a pair of losses.

The skip and his Toronto rink fol­lowed a 7-2 loss to Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., with a tough 8-6 de­ci­sion to Kevin Koe of Cal­gary (2-1) in the af­ter­noon.

“Yeah, not great, two losses,” Ep­ping said. “Ev­ery game is like a new day for us and we’ll come out sharp to­mor­row. Our magic num­ber is four, get to four wins. If not, get to three and hope for a tiebreaker.”

Also Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Bren­dan Bottcher of Ed­mon­ton (2-1) posted a 9-8 win over Gushue (2-2) in a re­match of last sea­son’s Tim Hor­tons Brier fi­nal.

On the women’s side Chelsea Carey of Cal­gary (2-2) beat Alli Flaxey of Win­nipeg (12) 7-5, while Laura Walker of Ed­mon­ton (1-3) scored four in the 10th end to beat Darcy Robert­son of Win­nipeg (1-2) 85.

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS/HO, MICHAEL BURNS

Skip Brad Ja­cobs of Sault Ste. Marie Ont. shouts to his sweep­ers dur­ing his win over Brad Gushue of St.John's N.L. at the Canada Cup in Este­van, Sask. on Wed­nes­day.

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