Jacobs likes facing Martin early

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:12 PM ET

LONDON - The Moose Men say bring on the Old Bear.

"I think playing Kevin Martin early is a good thing," said Brad Jacobs, skip of the upstart Northern Ontario team that won eight in a row at least year's Brier. "Everybody knows he's the best team here and the best team in the world. I like the idea of getting him early. Getting him early means that he's not on any kind of roll yet."

Jacobs, who went 9-2 in the round robin at the 2010 Brier in Halifax, before losing to Ontario's Glenn Howard in the 1-2 game and then to eventual winner Kevin Koe of Alberta in the semifinal, will face Martin in the night draw of the first day at the Tim Hortons Brier here Saturday.

Jacobs says it's a whole different deal coming here this year having had success last year.

"We're a lot more relaxed than last year," he said.

Not that they were all that relaxed about getting here. Jacobs needed to steal three in the 10th end against Joe Scarf to advance.

"We just made all our shots on the 10th end. They didn't make a complete shot on any of their shots. He had the full eight-foot to draw to for the win and he threw it heavy," he marveled of the way they got back to the big dance.

The Great Escape behind him, the 25-year-old Jacobs and his team of E.J.

Hamden, 27, Ryan Harnden, 24, and Scott Seabrook, 25, return to the Brier with a comfort level.

"People may think we might be a one-day wonder but we were third among the teams in terms of shooting percentage."

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