It just wasn’t meant to be for Brad Jacobs and his team representing Northern Ontario.
A measurement in the final end led to a 6-5 loss to Alberta’s Kevin Koe in the semi-final at the 2016 Tim Horton’s Brier in Ottawa on Saturday evening.
The teams traded singles through nine ends before Koe managed to score a pair for the win in the tenth end.
With Jacobs sitting shot rock, Koe removed the Jacobs stone and stuck.
With one guaranteed and a tie, a measurement of a Koe rock near the top edge of the house ruled it was in by less than an inch, giving Koe the pair and a berth in Sunday’s Brier final where his Alberta rink will face Newfoundland and Labrador’s Brad Gushue.
“This just hurts right now. We played really well this week and it was in our own hands,” Jacobs told a media scrum at the event. “We could have won this thing but it wasn’t meant to be for us.”
“We just missed some opportunities,” Jacobs would also say. We had three really good chances for two’s and didn’t make them. It’s on me in a lot of ways and it sucks.”
For Koe, the win was a good feeling.
“Anytime you can beat a great team in a tight game, it feels good,” Koe told reporters.
It’s been a tough weekend in what was an outstanding tournament to start for the Jacobs rink, which includes third Ryan Fry, second EJ Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden.
The team, which represents the Community First Curling Centre locally, went 11-0 in the round robin before dropping a 7-6 extra end decision to Gushue in the 1vs2 page playoff, which put the team in the semi-final game against Koe.
The Koe rink finished the round robin with an 8-3 record.
Koe advanced to the semi-final thanks to a victory over Manitoba’s Mike McEwen.
McEwen will face Jacobs in the bronze medal game on Sunday afternoon.
The tournament wraps up on Sunday with the bronze medal game at 2:30 p.m. and the championship at 7:30 p.m.
TEAM JACOBS BRIER SCHEDULE
Mar. 5 – Draw 2 vs. Saskatchewan (Steve Laycock): Win 6-5 in 11 ends
Mar. 6 – Draw 3 vs. Quebec (Jean-Michel Menard): Win 5-4 in 11 ends; Draw 5 vs. British Columbia (Jim Cotter): Win 5-3
Mar. 7 – Draw 7 vs. Team Canada (Pat Simmons): Win 10-4
Mar. 8 – Draw 8 vs. Prince Edward Island (Adam Casey): Win 6-2; Draw 10 vs. Alberta (Kevin Koe): Win 8-3
Mar. 9 – Draw 12 vs. Ontario (Glenn Howard): Win 6-4; Draw 13 vs. Northwest Territories (Jamie Koe): Win 9-2
Mar. 10 – Draw 15 vs. Manitoba (Mike McEwen): Win 8-5; Draw 16 vs. New Brunswick (Mike Kennedy): Win 10-5
Mar. 11 – Draw 17 vs. Newfoundland and Labrador (Brad Gushue): Win 4-1
Mar. 11 – 1v2 Page Playoff vs. Newfoundland and Labrador (Brad Gushue): Loss 7-6 in 11 ends
Mar. 12 – Semi-Final vs. Alberta (Kevin Koe): Loss 6-5
Mar. 13 – Bronze Medal Game vs. Manitoba (Mike McEwen): 2:30 p.m.
Northern Ontario (Brad Jacobs): 11-0
Newfoundland and Labrador (Brad Gushue): 9-2
Alberta (Kevin Koe): 8-3
Manitoba (Mike McEwen): 8-3
Team Canada (Pat Simmons): 6-5
Saskatchewan (Steve Laycock): 5-6
Quebec (Jean-Michel Menard): 4-7
Ontario (Glenn Howard): 4-7
Northwest Territories (Jamie Koe): 3-8
New Brunswick (Mike Kennedy): 3-8
British Columbia (Jim Cotter): 3-8
Prince Edward Island (Adam Casey): 2-9