Brad Jacobs and his Canadian rink outlasted China for a 9-8 victory in extra ends on Sunday, ending round-robin play in the men's curling tournament at the 2014 Olympics with six straight wins.
The Canadian team clinched a spot in the semifinals earlier in the day with an 8-6 win over the United States. After starting 1-2 in the tournament, Jacobs has reeled off six straight wins to finish the round-robin portion at 7-2, and will finish in second place behind Sweden (8-1).
In a match that went back and forth, Jacobs stole points in the eighth and ninth ends to open up a two-point lead heading into the 10th. Chinese skip Rui Liu and his rink struggled down the stretch, allowing Jacobs to get back into the match with China up 6-3 after six ends.
Jacobs survived a sloppy 10th end which allowed China to score a double, forcing an extra end. Canada only had five minutes and 35 seconds to complete the 10th end – if Jacobs ran out of time before throwing his final rock, Canada would've forfeited the match.
It forced Jacobs to rush his final two stones, missing both takeouts, which gave Chinese skip Rui Liu an easy draw to tie the game.
But Jacobs came through with his final shot in the 11th end, making a perfect draw to the button facing two Chinese stones for the win.
Canada could face China in the semis, depending on the outcome of the Chinese rink's match against Great Britain to close out the round-robin section on Monday. China can finish no lower than fourth, and will either play Canada or Sweden in the semifinal round. Great Britain needs a win over China or a loss by Norway to ensure a semifinal berth.
Both semifinals are on Wednesday at 10 a.m. (CBC, CBCSports.ca).