Canada moves on to Semi Final

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Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN

April 6, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Canada’s Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, EJ Harnden and Ryan Harnden tasted a little redemption on Saturday morning as they downed Denmark’s Rasmus St. Jerne 8-6 in the 3-4 Page Playoff game at the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship.

Team Canada put in a strong performance all day but it was Ryan Fry’s triple take out in the 10th end that really brought the crowd to their feet and sealed the deal for the Canucks. Fry along with teammate Ryan Harnden curled at 95% for the day with EJ Harnden at 90% and skip Brad Jacobs at 86%.

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Ryan Fry calls to the sweepers during Canada’s 8-6 victory over Denmark in the Page Playoff game of the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Denmark started the game with the hammer and Jacob’s forced them to take 1 in the 1st. Canada would score 2 in the 2nd to take the lead but Denmark was able to answer back in the 3rd with a pair of their own for a 3-2 lead.

Canada would blank the 4th and 5th ends before scoring 2 in the 6th for a 4-3 lead. Denmark was once again forced to take 1 in the 7th after some fine shot making by Jacobs.

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Sweepers EJ and Ryan Harnden hold the line on Brad Jacobs stone enabling Canada to score 2 during the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

Canada would go back on top in the 8th with another deuce and it was looking like a rematch with Scotland in the Semi Final was a real possibility.

Unfortunately a missed shot by Jacobs allowed Denmark to tie it back up in the 9th when they were able to draw to the house for 2.

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Ryan Fry explains his idea on what shot they should attempt during Saturday’s 3-4 Page Playoff game at the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

Denmark appeared to be sitting 2 with a guard when Fry fired his last stone that nailed the guard and cleared both Danish stones from the house to leave Canada sitting 2.

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The look of concern appears on the faces of the Danish players after Ryan Fry’s shot cleared the house of yellow stones at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

Jacob’s would put his first stone in the house leaving St. Jerne to face 3 with his last rock but he was unable to make the shot allowing Canada the hard fought victory.

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Ryan Fry reacts to a superb shot by Brad Jacobs in Canada’s 8-6 win over Denmark in the Page Playoff of the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The Canadians are now on to the Semi Final against Scotland, who they beat 9-4 in earlier round robin action, at 4pm with the winner to take on Sweden in the Gold medal game at 4pm on Sunday while the loser will play Denmark in the Bronze medal game at 11am Sunday.

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