1-2 pairings set

Staff

Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie) reserved his spot in tonight’s 1-2 Page playoff game after a 9-4 win over Art Lappalainen (Thunder Bay) this morning.
Jacobs will face ‘A’ qualifier Mike Jakubo (Copper Cliff) at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing directly to tomorrow night’s final.
Jakubo edged Al Belec (Sault Ste. Marie) 7-6 yesterday afternoon to snare the top seed in the playoff round.
Meanwhile, the two berths in tonight’s 3-4 playoff game were to be decided in today’s 2 p.m. draw.
Lappalainen was facing Mike Assad (Thunder Bay), who eliminated Bryan Burgess (Thunder Bay) by a 5-3 score this morning.
Belec and Mike Pozihun (Thunder Bay) were battling for the other ‘C’ qualifier spot this afternoon after Pozihun eliminated Robert Thomas (Sault Ste. Marie) 7-2 this morning while Belec disposed of Tim Phillips (Sudbury) by a 9-3 score.
Lappalainen’s rink, which includes second Rob Sinclair Jr. originally of Fort Frances, won both their games yesterday in dramatic fashion to advance to face Jacobs in the ‘B’ final this morning.
They stole one in the 10th end to clip Robbie Gordon (Haileybury) 6-5, then notched three in the fourth and a deuce in the seventh to hold off Belec 7-6 last night.
The loser of tonight’s 1-2 game will advance to the Page semi-final tomorrow at 1 p.m. against the winner of tonight’s 3-4 game (that loser is eliminated).
The final then goes tomorrow at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the Tim Horton’s Brier as the Northern Ontario rep early next month in Calgary.