Kamloops resident Matt Dunstone and his Team Saskatchewan rink likely cannot afford another loss at the Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary.
Wild Card 3 (Wayne Middaugh) topped Saskatchewan 9-5 on Friday in Championship Pool action, pushing its record to 8-1.
Saskatchewan, which dropped to 6-3, will play once more on Friday, a 5:30 p.m. start against Alberta (Brendan Bottcher).
Eight teams qualified for the Championship Pool, from which three playoff teams will emerge, with the top seed advancing straight to the final.
Dunstone will wrap Championship Pool action with two games on Saturday — 11:30 a.m. against Northern Ontario (Brad Jacobs) and 5:30 p.m. versus Manitoba (Jason Gunnlaugson).