Team B.C. fourth Jim Cotter said sometimes great curling is not enough at the Tim Hortons Brier.
“You have to bring your absolute best and also get some breaks along the way,” Cotter, the 46-year-old Kamloops product, told KTW after a victory on Monday. “You need to have those little extra things go your way. It’s the difference between winning and losing.”
That proved true on Tuesday, when an extra roll of a rock cost B.C. the game in an 8-7 loss to Brad Jacobs-skipped Northern Ontario, which improved to 3-2.
A measurement was required after Jacobs’ last rock in the 10th end and it did not go B.C.’s way, with Northern Ontario scoring two to cripple Cotter’s championship hopes in his 10th appearance at the Brier.
With three losses at this stage of the tournament, it is unlikely Team B.C. (1-3) will reach the Championship Pool.
Cotter and Co. must win on Tuesday night to keep any hopes of advancing alive, with a tough matchup against Wild Card No. 3 (3-1) slated for 5:30 p.m.
After round-robin play, the top four teams from both Pool A and Pool B will qualify for the Championship Pool, from which three playoff teams will emerge.