N. Ontario edges Howard rink in Draw 12

STEVE GREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:18 PM ET

Brad Jacobs kept his slim playoff hopes alive at the 2011 Brier Wednesday morning and at the same time dented a little of Glenn Howard’s momentum.

Jacobs and his Northern Ontario rink beat the Ontario juggernaut 5-4 in an extra end in the 12th draw at the Canadian men’s curling championship at the John Labatt Centre. It improved Jacobs’ record to 4-4 and dropped Howard into a tie for third at 6-2 with Brad Gushue of Newfoundland/Labrador.

Gushue scored threes in the third, fifth and seventh ends to thump Shawn Adams of Nova Scotia 9-3, Kevin Martin of Alberta took over sole possession of top spot at 7-1 with an 11-3 rout of Steve Laycock of Saskatchewan and Jim Cotter of B.C. shaded Francois Gagne of Quebec 8-7 in 11 ends.

Manitoba’ Jeff Stoughton was idle in the morning and was at 6-1 heading into the afternoon draw. Laycock was also 4-4, Cotter and Adams were 3-5, James Grattan of New Brunswick and Jamie Koe of the Territories were 2-5, Gagne was 2-6 and Eddie MacKenzie of P.E.I. was 1-6.

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