Showdown looming between unbeaten Jacobs and Martin at Olympic trials

Team Brad Jacobs third Ryan Fry yells to his sweepers during the Canadian Olympic curling trials at...

Team Brad Jacobs third Ryan Fry yells to his sweepers during the Canadian Olympic curling trials at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Dec. 4, 2013. (KEVIN KING/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:35 PM ET

WINNIPEG - First place and a bye into the final of the Canadian Curling Trials has come down to a one-game showdown between the reigning Brier champion and the Olympic champion.

Brad Jacobs’ Northern Ontario rink and Kevin Martin’s Alberta foursome won their fifth straight games, Wednesday, setting up a clash of the unbeaten teams in the next-to-last draw, Thursday evening.

The winner of that one will be one game from booking a trip to Sochi, Russia. The loser, likely left to play a semi-final.

“I guess it just entered my head now,” Jacobs said of the magnitude of Thursday’s game. “They’re playing really well, we’re playing really well. We’re really looking forward to the opportunity of playing those guys and battling it out. The best route would be directly to the final where you get the hammer... and you’ve got one more game to go to the Olympics. We know what’s on the line, and we’re up to the challenge.


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