It was a controversial and confusing win, but Brad Jacobs will take it.
Jacobs beat Kevin Koe 5-4 in the Canada Cup of Curling in Estevan Sunday night.
He said the teams emotions were in check all game.
“That’s one of the most relaxed I think I’ve ever seen our team in a final; at least in a long time” Jacobs said. “Everything went well, I think that’s one of the things we’ve been working on the most lately is controlling our emotions and not letting our emotions control us, and I think we did a great job of that (Sunday) night.”
Third Marc Kennedy filled in for the Jacobs rink in place of Ryan Fry, who took a leave from the team for personal reasons surrounding an incident at a bonspiel in Red Deer. He said his play during the week was not an audition to stick with the team.
“We just played the week out the way it was, I couldn’t commit to anything else this season,” Kennedy said. “We’re all thinking about Ryan (Fry) and he’s going to come back and make this team as good as it ever was, so this was a one week ‘see how it goes’ and that’s all it was, and it was a special week.”
In the first end, Jacobs showed his dominance early with a draw to the button for two, taking the early lead.
Koe faced a flurry of yellow rocks for much of the second end, but managed to make a nice tap back for one to narrow the deficit.
After a blank in three, Jacobs was force to take a single in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
Here’s where the controversy kicks in; as Koe called a timeout to plan his first shot, the time keeper was apparently nine seconds late in stopping the clock. With the new clock format being field-tested at this event, by the time Koe threw his first, he had two seconds left showing to play the end. According to Koe’s rink, one of the officials said they would add the nine seconds back onto their time, but it never appeared. Koe missed his draw anyway, but the rock was taken off and was not counted as time expired.
Koe said he believes his team and the officials could have done a better job in that moment.
“We took a timeout earlier, and he (the official) told us we had 11 seconds and they didn’t correct the clock, we thought he was just going to do it, and the guy at the other end didn’t know,” Koe said. “I know I missed my shot in five, but we could have probably communicated better and the officials out there (could have too).”
The rest of the game was relatively drama-free. After another blank in the sixth, Jacobs made a draw for one in the seventh to increase the lead back up to two.
The Jacob’s team threw a great eighth end, making several impressive hits. This forced Koe to draw for one, bringing it back to a one-point lead.
In the ninth, Jacobs made a questionable call to play a double for a blank end. It costed him, as the double jammed, and Koe stole one, to tie the game.
However, Jacobs made an open hit to score one in 10, making the final score 5-4.
This is Jacobs first time winning the Canada Cup. He is now qualified for the Olympic trials in 2021.