Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Remains Unbeaten at Men's Curling Worlds after Wins against Swiss, U.S

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Remains Unbeaten at Men's Curling Worlds after Wins against Swiss, U.S

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Canada's Jacobs still unbeaten at worlds


VICTORIA - Brad Jacobs missed his game-day nap Monday afternoon due to back-to-back games -- but he still found plenty of time to rest.

The Canadian skip did not have to play a full game against either Brady Clark of the United States or Sven Michel of Switzerland. Jacobs posted a pair of identical 7-2 victories as both opponents conceded early.

The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., enters Tuesday's games against the Czech Republic and Norway on an 11-game win streak dating to the Canadian men's curling championship in Edmonton, where he finished with a six consecutive victories.

The nightcap against the Americans lasted only six ends as Clark missed a takeout and the Canadians counted four. After consulting with his rinkmates, Clark shook hands and called it a night.

"I was really surprised actually," said Jacobs. "I thought you had to play eight ends.

"But, apparently, they asked the officials and it was OK to shake. They approved it. ... But, hey, we'll take it, because we are on (Tuesday) morning (against the Czechs.) This is nice. We'll go back to the hotel and, maybe, get a little more sleep than (in) the past week."

The quick end came even though the Americans trailed only 3-2 after five ends. In the sixth, Clark's takeout attempt went cleanly between a port and through the house. The U.S. skip said the Canadians played a perfect end, and he felt it would be better for his rink to get some early rest given the "marathon" schedule.

"Whether they got three there in the sixth end or whether they got four, to me, you're not going to really likely come back against the Jacobs rink," said Clark.

The story was similar in the afternoon as Jacobs downed Michel in just eight ends.

Canada led 6-1 after five ends and 6-2 after six. When Jacobs made a runback for one more in the eighth, Michel shook hands.

"We had some really difficult shots, but they played really well, and we had no chance at the end," said Michel.

Jacobs said lessons learned at the Brier are continuing to pay off at the worlds.

"We have been able to keep rolling along, even after the two-or-three-week break," said Jacobs. …

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