Victoria, BC, Canada – Denmark faced Canada in Saturday morning's Page 3 versus 4 Play-off game at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship in Victoria, Canada, with a place in the semi-final up for grabs.
Denmark opened with last stone advantage as they took one point in the opening end. Canada then opened their account with a score of two points in the second end. Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne responded straightaway in the third end, when he tapped back a Canadian stone to score two points and retake the lead at 3-2.
That is how the score stayed until the sixth end when Jacobs played a raise double take-out to score two more points and take a 4-3 lead. In the eighth end, after Stjerne's take-out shooter rolled too far, Jacobs drew into the house to score two points and take a 6-4 lead.
But again, Stjerne responded straightway in the ninth end. In this end Canada's Jacobs could not remove both of the Danish stones he was trying to clear with a double take-out, leaving Stjerne with a straightforward draw onto the button to score two and level the score again, at 6-6.
In the tenth end Canadian third player Ryan Fry set up the Canadian win with a crowd-pleasing double take out, and when Stjerne's final attempt rolled too far, Canada had the 8-6 win without Jacob having to play his last stone.
The Canadians now go on to face Scotland in the sole semi-final, with the winner of that going on to meet Sweden in the final, and the loser coming back on the ice to play Denmark for bronze.
After the game, Canadian skip Jacobs
said: "The double in the sixth end was a nice shot to come back to after the
break. I think we got all of deuces in the even ends and to get that deuce in
the sixth end was huge. We barely made it, but just did, and I guess there was a
bit of a momentum shift there."
On Ryan Fry's shot in the tenth end he said: "Man that was incredible. That was the biggest cheer we've ever had for our team, in curling, that definitely gave us all chills. When you make a shot like that the crowd go crazy - it makes you really want to win the game for them. That was an incredible shot, really was a game saver - he pretty much won the game with that shot. It was phenomenal."
Meanwhile, a disappointed Stjerne said: "We didn’t come up with the really big key shots, and they made some huge shots in the last end to score a deuce. Coming down in the 10th, it’s not easy against Canada and Ryan kills the game with that triple and there’s basically no shot left for me. They were more into it today, and you know Canadians will step it up in the playoffs. We tried to do the same, but we had some key misses and that’s what hurt us in the end."
With the Ford World Men's Championship now nearing its climax, the official declaration of the nations qualified directly for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will be made by the World Curling Federation (WCF) following the final on Sunday. Seven nations plus hosts, Russia, will secure a spot following the conclusion of the 2013 World Championships.
Nations not qualifying directly for the 2014 Games will be eligible to take part in a new WCF Olympic Qualifying Event to be staged between 11-15 December 2013, in Fussen, Germany. Two nations will qualify from the event in both men’s and women’s disciplines to complete the Olympic fields of 10 teams. National Olympic Committees are required to endorse team entry for this event by the end of May 2013. On confirmation of the number of competing teams, the competition format will be made public by the WCF at the start of June 2013.