Olympic gold medallist Brad Jacobs is one win away from returning to the Tim Hortons Brier.
Jacobs, the 2013 Brier winner from Sault Ste. Marie, defeated Mike Assad 5-2 Saturday to top the Northern Ontario Travelers Championship round robin with a 6-1 record and advance straight to Sunday’s final.
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Elsewhere, Jordan Chandler shut out Colin Koivula 7-0 during the final round robin draw. The victory gave Chandler (5-2) the edge over Koivula (4-3) heading into their rematch in the semifinal.
Dylan Johnston beat reigning Northern Ontario junior champion Tanner Horgan 9-6. Johnston, Horgan and Assad all missed the playoffs with 3-4 records.
Patrick Gelinas topped Robbie Gordon 6-5 in an extra end. Gelinas and Gordon finished with 2-5 records.