Jim Cotter rink falls to former teammate

John Morris and Team Canada score two in final end to beat Cotter 8-7 Wednesday morning at the Brier in Calgary

Vernon’s Jim Cotter has to leapfrog a handful of teams to get into playoff contention at the Tim Hortons Brier Canadian men’s curling championships at the Calgary Saddledome.

Former Cotter teammate John Morris and his Team Canada rink scored a deuce in the final end Wednesday morning to beat Cotter 8-7.

With Cotter leading 3-1 at the fifth-end break, the teams swapped deuces over the next two ends before Team Canada picked up three in the eighth to take a 6-5 lead.

Cotter replied with two of his own in the ninth.

The second straight loss dropped the B.C. champs to 3-4 with four games remaining, while Team Canada won its third in a row to sit at 5-3.

Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario leads at 8-0 heading into the Wednesday afternoon draw with Brad Gushue of Newfoundland/Labrador next at 6-2, followed by Team Canada and Quebec’s Jean-Michel Ménard at 5-3.

Alberta’s Kevin Koe and Manitoba’s Reid Carruthers are 3-3, followed by Cotter at 3-4.

The top four rinks qualify for the playoffs.

Cotter plays Carruthers in the evening draw at 5:30 p.m. PST.