Kamloops resident Matt Dunstone and Team Saskatchewan can advance to the Championship Pool at the Tim Hortons Brier with a victory on Thursday in its Pool B finale against Nova Scotia.
Game time is 12:30 p.m.
“We don’t want to be at the point of more than two losses,” Dunstone said.
“I think we can still get into the championship round with three losses, but that’s treading some risky water.”
The tilt against Nova Scotia (Scott McDonald) is not technically a must-win game for Saskatchewan, but a loss would certainly damage championship aspirations and could knock it out of the tournament.
Saskatchewan dispatched Prince Edward Island (Eddie MacKenzie) 10-5 on Wednesday night in Calgary, pushing its record to 5-2.
"We had good control over the game," Dunstone said. "The ice was really good tonight. We were definitely tired, a long day, our first two-game day of the week."
Skip Dunstone, third Braeden Moskowy, second Kirk Muyres and lead Dustin Kidby were beaten soundly on Wednesday morning, a 9-2 loss to Wild Card No. 2 (Kevin Koe).
There are 18 teams competing at the Brier, nine each in Pool A and Pool B.
After round-robin play, the top four teams from each pool will carry their records into the Championship Pool, from which three playoff teams will emerge.
“It’s going to be a battle,” Dunstone said. “That’s for sure.
"We want to be in there with two losses only."