Ja­cobs off to strong start at canada cup with­out reg­u­lar third

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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 3-0 at the canada cup with a 5-4 win over reid car­ruthers of Win­nipeg on thurs­day morn­ing.

Ja­cobs won it on last rock, mak­ing a wide out­turn tap of a car­ruthers stone par­tially buried in the four-foot.

“it was re­ally great; just an ex­cit­ing team shot, and re­ally happy to be 3-0,” said Ja­cobs. “(Kennedy) re­ally did his job; he got e.j. and ryan on it at the right time. he couldn’t have called it any bet­ter, and he was a big rea­son why we made it.”

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.”

in the other men’s game on thurs­day morn­ing, brad gushue of St. John’s, N.L., topped toronto’s John ep­ping 7-2.

in women’s ac­tion, Jen­nifer Jones of Win­nipeg suf­fered her first loss, fall­ing 6-3 to Kerri ei­nar­son of gimli, man.

ot­tawa’s rachel ho­man im­proved to 2-1 with an 8-3 win over ed­mon­ton’s Laura Walker, while cal­gary’s chelsea carey downed casey Schei­deg­ger of Leth­bridge, alta., 7-6.

two more draws will be held thurs­day. the play­offs start Satur­day.

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.” Marc Kennedy

Michael Burns/handout/the Cana­dian PRESS

Brad Ja­cobs is 3-0 at the Canada Cup head­ing into Fri­day.

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