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REGINA It was like going from a farmer bonspiel into the Roar of the Rings Olympic Trials overnight.
The storyline finally went from format to form at the 89th Brier here Thursday.
After five days and 14 draws of mostly lopsided games involving teams like Nunavut, including the final indignity, where former famed free space on the Brier Bingo card Eddie MacKenzie finally got to put the boots to somebody Prince Edward Island 14 Nunavut 2 it was On and on to the serious stuff.
Ready or not, the elite eight took the ice for two days and four games of monster matches.
first when I got out there for the introductions and looked around at the teams that were left, I kind of thought Here we go. This is where all the entertainment and the fun is is really going to start, said Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario, the 2013 Brier and 2014 Olympic champion who made it through the pool party with a 6 1 record.
really can put into words how hungry this team is to win this thing. It a phenomenal feeling to win the Brier. We want nothing more to win this thing again and get our names back on the Tankard. opened the championship round against 4 3 Jamie Murphy of Nova Scotia. pair of tiebreaker games as a result of his win over British Columbia.
A 6 4 win over Nova Scotia to open championship play worked for Jacobs.
Brad Gushue said the Brier felt entirely different Thursday.
saw guys and said guys are in this event? he said of players from the other pool.
literally had not seen these guys since the opening ceremonies.
was our first time on the ice with Saskatchewan. It was great to feel their crowd.
think you have to go 10 1 or 9 2 to get to the 1 2 game, said Gushue of the Page playoff system that is the one thing that hasn changed with the Brier format. think 8 3 would leave you pretty safely in the 3 4 playoff game. hours earlier, Wildcard Mike McEwen of Winnipeg talked about what was ahead, not expecting to suffer back to back losses after a 5 1 start.
is really stacked at the end of it, McEwen analyzed.
tell you one thing. Don get tired. It looks like a lot of curling from Thursday on. Nobody has had a back to back draw in five days and now you play two on Thursday and two more on Friday, all of them against the top teams in the other pool, and will probably have to go the distance to win games. Then, if you hold it together, you in the playoff rounds.
of a sudden we going to be playing teams with winning records. It going to be hard. It like being in an Olympic Trials phase. gave up steals of two and five on consecutive ends against Alberta Brendan Bottcher Wednesday to lose 9 2 and then opened championship play by sailing along in control against 6 1 John Epping of Ontario to give up two on the ninth and a steal of two in the 10th to lose 8 7.
of a sudden we at three losses and now it looks like we going to have to run the table, said McEwen when he left the ice.
If that wasn bad enough, McEwan gave up six in the first end of the Thursday evening game against Jacobs. And it could have been seven. Jacobs shooter rolled out of the house on the take out to produce the end.
this company you need a few breaks, said Epping. don generally see many skips miss draws to the four foot and when they do you hope you the team they do it against and that what happened. You don expect Mike or any of the top skips in the world to miss a shot like that.
just got lucky. Pure luck. LOOKING TO RUN THE TABLE
Steve Laycock knew when he arrived at the Brandt Centre for the start of championship round play Thursday that he was going to be curling from the edge of a cliff.
And not just like some of the other teams that survived pool play to advance as one of the elite eight for the crossover games against the top four of the opposite pool.
He went in with three losses and knew that to keep Saskatchewan hopes of winning a first Brier since 1980 and to inspire the crowds to come for the remainder of the week depended on him not losing another game.
we feel that we can lose another game.
we lose again, we done, I think. We have to keep on winning for the rest of the event and that the approach we taking. throwing Matt Dunstone made a circus shot, an in off takeout for four, to win the game. The crowd exploded.
eruption after he made that shot was a lot of fun to be part of. ended up 8 6 for Saskatchewan over Bottcher, the second defeat of the Brier for the team that he scored upset wins over both Gushue and McEwen the day before.
At the end of the day both Manitoba teams had crashed and burned and left the building at 5 4 while Northern Ontario, Ontario and Team Canada rolled on at 8 1 and Alberta survived at 7 2.