Canada's Brad Jacobs got off to a winning start at the Olympic curling competition on Monday, taking the lead for good by scoring three in the fourth end, en route to an 11-8 victory over a never-say-die John Jahr of Germany in Sochi.
Jacobs scored two in the first end, but Jahr briefly took charge with two in the second end and two more in the third.
Jacobs, from Sault. Marie, Ont., gave Canada some breathing room, following his big fourth end by adding two more points in the fifth to go up 7-4.
Germany trimmed the margin to two when Jahr scored one in the sixth end, before Canada tacked on two more in the seventh to take a 9-5 lead.
Jahr stared at five Canadian stones in the house with the final shot of the eighth end and scored one.
He then stole two in the ninth end, before Jacobs ended the match by scoring two in the tenth.