Brier bits 8

Northern Ontario got through to the 2015 Brier final after a 7-5 victory over Newfoundland-Labrador in the 1v2 playoff in the Saddledome in Calgary.

During the game the momentum swung back and forth between these two teams, both skipped by Olympic gold medalists.

Brad Jacobs, the Northern Ontario skip has to draw the four foot against five in the first end. Two loose shots from NL skip Brad Gushue in the fifth allowed Jacobs the opportunity to play a tap back for three in the fifth for a 4-3 lead and a huge confidence boost as NO were being outcurled by NL.

In the seventh, Gushue played a great triple take out forcing Jacobs to take a one and allow NL to go into the eighth one down but with the hammer. In that end Gushue had a solid gold chance to get his two by nailing a relatively simple double but, with the noise in the packed stadium, his sweepers did not hear him calling them off. He got the double but his shooter rolled out leaving him lying one. 5-5.

In the ninth Jacobs played a great tap back for two for a 7-5 lead and, with NL needing a two for an extra end, the NO skip calmly nailed a double with his last stone to get the win.

Kevin Koe and his Alberta team are class acts both on and off the ice. They must have been deeply disappointed to be knocked out this morning but had the guts to appear in the crowd tonight to watch the game, and with big smiles on their faces.

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