Team Jacobs, with third Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden, lead Ryan Harnden, alternate Eric Harnden and coach Tom Coulterman take home a total of $62,000 and 35 CTRS points.
Simmons, who shot 93 per cent in the final, was named winner of the Hec Gervais Award as the playoff most valuable player, which didn’t surprise Rycroft at all.
“Even since we switched it up, it’s amazing the poise that he has,” said Rycroft, who won the Brier last year with Thiessen, Simmons and skip Kevin Koe. “What can you say about Pat Simmons? He just wasn’t missing. You think back to that runback double he made (in four). Miss that quarter inch either way and they get three and complexion of the game is totally different.”
The teams blanked the first four ends, traded deuces in the fifth and seventh, Jacobs took one in the eighth before Canada took control with three in the ninth.
They didn’t lose the Brier, they won a silver medal.
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