by Asif Hossain
February 14, 2014 (ISN) – Team Brad Jacobs notched a third consecutive win at the men’s Olympic curling tournament beating Norway 10-4 and improving its record to 4-2.
“It was huge,” skip Brad Jacobs said following the victory over Thomas Ulsrud. “We always like to beat those guys in the standings because they are one of the toughest teams here. They throw the rock really well and to bring them back to where we are, I think is huge.”
Norway fell to 3-2 with the defeat.
The session 7 game was blown wide open in the seventh end when Jacobs picked up four. The skip had been asking for more intensity from his team and he led by example with that pivotal throw, leading to understandable elation.
“It was nice to get one of those shots. We are an emotional team and we like to display it,” Jacobs said. “That’s who we are and for us to do that means we are into the game.”
Ulsrud admitted that giving up four to Canada meant it was game over. “I knew straight away that we lost the game,” the Norwegian said.
Their next match will be against Great Britain on Saturday, another team that’s ahead of them in the standings with a 4-1 record at time of writing.
Team Jacobs’ lead Ryan Harnden echoed his skip’s sentiment about Norway, calling them one of the “best teams in the world” and made it clear that his side knows what they have to do now as they look to climb up the men’s curling table.
“Every game now is important to us. We’ve got to keep winning.”