The 2020 Tim Hortons Brier is in full swing at Leon's Centre in Kingston, Ontario.
Monday marked the national men's curling championship tournament's third day of competition, and it was disappointing for both hometown teams as Northern Ontario and Ontario each lost during the night's Draw 8.
Team Brad Jacobs, representing Northern Ontario, entered this event as the top-ranked team in the world. They have gotten off to a disappointing 1-3 start, but at least one young fan is keeping the faith:
Northern Ontario lost a 7-6 heartbreaker to Newfoundland and Labrador, while 3-1 Ontario was upset by 2-2 New Brunswick. Ontario needed a win to keep pace with 4-0 Team Wild Card atop the Pool A standings.
Pool B is led by 4-0 Alberta, the tournament's reigning champions.
Below is an overview of Monday's results and recap as well as a peek at Tuesday's three-draw schedule.
Nova Scotia def. Prince Edward Island, 11-2
Quebec def. Nunavut, 7-4
Saskatchewan def. British Columbia, 9-8
Wild Card def. Northwest Territories, 6-2
Saskatchewan def. Northwest Territories, 6-2
Wild Card def. British Columbia, 10-5
Nova Scotia def. Nunavut, 7-4
Prince Edward Island def. Quebec, 7-4
Newfoundland and Labrador def. Northern Ontario, 7-6
Alberta def. Manitoba, 7-6
New Brunswick def. Ontario, 7-4
Canada def. Yukon, 10-2
Draw 9 (9 a.m. ET)
British Columbia vs. New Brunswick
Northwest Territories vs. Yukon
Manitoba vs. Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland and Labrador vs. Nunavut
Draw 10 (2 p.m. ET)
Alberta vs. Nova Scotia
Northern Ontario vs. Quebec
Wild Card vs. Canada
Saskatchewan vs. Ontario
Draw 11 (7 p.m. ET)
Ontario vs. Wild Card
Canada vs. Saskatchewan
Alberta vs. Quebec
Nova Scotia vs. Northern Ontario
Full schedule is available at Curling Canada's official website.
Alberta and Wild Card are the lone undefeated teams after Ontario's loss, but it was 3-1 Saskatchewan who stole the show during this morning's Draw 6.
Team Matt Dunstone was in danger of getting upset by 1-3 British Columbia, who held an 8-5 lead entering the 10th end, but Dunstone executed a four-point 10th end to secure a comeback 9-8 win:
"This game was easily our best game, head to toe," Dunstone told Curling Canada afterward.
Saskatchewan went on to easily take care of 0-4 Northwest Territories in eight ends in Draw 7 to cap off a two-win Monday.
Northwest Territories made adjustments to try and claim their first win but still struggled against 4-0 Wild Card before losing to Saskatchewan:
Team Quebec, meanwhile, was able to capture their elusive first Brier win during Draw 6, defeating 0-4 Nunavut 0-4. It marked a personal milestone for first-year skip Alek Bedard:
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Team Canada's Kevin Koe is vying to become the first skip in history to win five Brier titles.
Team Canada had the least dramatic matchup of the night's Draw 8, as they dismantled winless Yukon 10-2 in just eight ends. The slate's other three contests each needed at least 10 ends to determine a winner with Alberta's 7-6 victory over pesky Manitoba necessitating 11.
Looking toward Tuesday, Canada's clash with undefeated Wild Card will be the one to watch in Draw 10 before Canada takes on red-hot Saskatchewan in Draw 11.