September 27, 2022
Staff Saskatchewan skip Colton Flasch, centre, directs his teammates as Staff Northern Ontario skip Brad

Staff Saskatchewan skip Colton Flasch, centre, directs his teammates as Staff Northern Ontario skip Brad Jacobs seems to be on throughout playoff motion on the Tim Hortons Brier in Lethbridge, Alta., on March 11, 2022.Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press

Brad Jacobs couldn’t get out of the Enmax Centre quick sufficient after a blowout loss to Saskatchewan’s Colton Flasch ended his Tim Hortons Brier playoff hopes on Friday.

Jacobs went straight to the locker-room after the 10-3 defeat, placed on his common garments and emerged moments later with a small rolling suitcase. He took a number of fast media questions earlier than leaving the world, his Brier drought prolonged to 9 years.

“I’m fairly pissed off,” Jacobs mentioned. “That was only a actually poor efficiency and never like us, that’s for certain.”

Extra was anticipated from the 2014 Olympic champion and world’s fifth-ranked workforce. A 6-2 round-robin displaying gave Jacobs the No. 2 seed out of Pool B however he was flat towards Flasch, who beat Wild Card Two’s Matt Dunstone in a tiebreaker earlier within the day.

Flasch opened with a deuce and took benefit of a Northern Ontario error within the fourth finish. Jacobs picked out his personal stone to provide Flasch a draw for 4 that put the sport out of attain.

“You’ve acquired handy it to them,” Jacobs mentioned. “I didn’t suppose that they had that kind of sport in them, fairly frankly. I used to be ready for them to provide us probabilities like they gave Dunstone one million instances, however they didn’t.”

Flasch threw at a 95-per cent clip whereas the Northern Ontario again finish struggled. Jacobs was a game-low 59 per cent and vice Marc Kennedy was solely barely higher at 66 per cent.

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Northern Ontario conceded the sport after solely seven ends.

“We knew they had been going to place a number of rocks in play and we needed to be sharp,” Flasch mentioned. “We definitely had been.”

Canada’s Brendan Bottcher knocked out Wild Card Three’s Jason Gunnlaugson 7-3 within the different crossover playoff sport. That arrange a weekend closing 4 of Bottcher, Flasch, Alberta’s Kevin Koe and Brad Gushue of Wild Card One.

“We’ve had loads of actually shut battles towards Gunner so I used to be anticipating it to be a detailed sport,” Bottcher mentioned. “Fortunately we acquired a pair breaks and we had been capable of blow it out.”

Gunnlaugson, recognized for his hitting expertise, was barely off within the afternoon sport and it proved pricey. He missed a double-takeout within the fourth finish that allow Bottcher draw for 3 and a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.

“There’s a purpose why these guys have been within the closing 4 straight years,” mentioned Gunnlaugson, who beat Manitoba’s Mike McEwen 9-3 in a morning tiebreaker. “They’re fairly good.”

An expanded six-team playoff format is getting used this season. The 4 remaining groups performed seeding video games Friday night time.

Bottcher made a game-winning draw for a 4-3 win over Gushue and Koe beat Flasch 7-2.

Gushue’s aspect performed as a trio after third Mark Nichols was compelled to withdraw from the match after testing optimistic for COVID-19.

Koe and Bottcher superior to the Web page playoff 1-2 sport Saturday whereas Gushue and Flasch will meet within the 3-4 sport.

The 1-2 Web page winner goes on to Sunday night time’s closing. The 1-2 loser performs the 3-4 winner within the semi-final earlier that day. The three-4 loser is eradicated.

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Bottcher beat Koe for his first nationwide males’s curling title final season within the Calgary bubble. This yr’s Brier winner will signify Canada on the April 2-10 world males’s curling championship in Las Vegas.

Kerri Einarson gained her third straight Scotties Event of Hearts title final month in Thunder Bay, Ont. She’s going to put on the Maple Leaf on the March 19-27 girls’s world playdowns in Prince George, B.C.