Team Brad Jacobs faces a must-win situation on Friday at the Champions Cup, the final Grand Slam of Curling event of the season in Saskatoon.
With a 1-2, win-loss record, the Sault rink is slated to face Ross Paterson (0-3) of Glasgow, Scotland, at 2 p.m. (Sault time).
A loss would all but eliminate Team Jacobs from the six-day, 30-team (15 men’s, 15 women’s) competition, which began on Tuesday.
However, a victory over Paterson would guarantee Jacobs, third Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden at least a playoff tiebreaker.
“They’re a good team,” Jacobs said of the Paterson rink. “We lost to them in the Players Championship quarter-finals. They’ll come out and play hard and so will we. Hopefully, we can get another win.”
Rinks are split into pools of five teams each.
And following the conclusion of Fridays’ round-robin play, the top eight men’s and top eight women’s teams advance into Saturday’s quarter-finals.
After splitting its first two games on Wednesday, Team Jacobs dropped an 8-5 decision to Nik Edin of Karlstad, Sweden, Thursday evening.
Leading 6-5 entering the seventh end, Edin used the hammer to grab a deuce.
Edin also used hammer to take two in the opening end and three in the third, good for a 5-1 lead at that point.
Jacobs rebounded with three in the fourth end when Edin flashed on his final shot.
With hammer, Jacobs had an open hit for three.
“But that was the only shot Niklas missed,” Jacobs said. “He was phenomenal.”
In the fifth, Jacobs forced Edin to take one.
But Edin regained hammer by forcing Jacobs to take one in the sixth end.
“We had a couple of misses here and there,” the Sault skip said. “Costly errors hurt us, but we played better than the final score would indicate.”
Jacobs also spoke of how he and his teammates have struggled a bit with their ice reading.
“We’ve had some uncharacteristic misses by all of us,” he added.
Tiebreakers are set for 10:30 a.m. (Sault time) on Saturday, followed by women’s quarter-finals at 2 p.m. and men’s quarters at 6 p.m.
Both the men and women will play their semifinals on Saturday at 10 p.m.
The men’s final goes Sunday at 12 noon, with the top two women’s teams squaring off for bragging rights at 4 p.m.