Canada's Brad Jacobs secures playoff berth at curling worlds
Canucks take 4th place after round robin
Canada's Brad Jacobs took fourth place as round-robin play concluded Thursday night at the world men's curling championships.
Jacobs lost 9-7 to Sweden's Niklas Edin in the last preliminary-round game for both rinks. Scotland placed first with an 8-3 record while Sweden (7-4) was awarded second on the basis of results against other playoff qualifiers. Denmark and Canada also finished 7-4, but the Danes took third by virtue of their 5-3 win over the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., rink earlier Thursday.
Scotland and Sweden will meet in the one-two Page playoff game Friday. Canada will face Denmark in a do-or-die, three-four game Saturday.
"It's just a real frustrating way to end the week," Jacobs said. "We're throwing the rock well and getting very little results — just not making the right shots and it’s very frustrating.
"We'll see what happens. We know how to fight our way out of this."
Switzerland's 6-3 win over the Czech Republic assured that Canada would finish no worse than fourth even before Jacobs completed his last round-robin game against Sweden.
In other evening play, Norway's Thomas Ulsrud beat Russia's Andrey Drozdov 11-3 in six ends. Norway completed the preliminary round with a 6-5 record and was among several teams waiting to learn their playoff or tiebreaker fate as other round-robin games were still being played.
In the other evening game, China beat Finland 8-5. China finished the preliminary round 6-5. Finland, already eliminated from the playoffs, wound up 2-9.