D1S: # 14 Montréal bests #10 Bay Area, 203-154

D1S: # 14 Montréal bests #10 Bay Area, 203-154 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/

SEATTLE, WA – The first game of Day 2 at the WFTDA D1 Playoffs showcased a familiar matchup between Montréal and Bay Area. Montréal beat Bay Area at last years playoffs, cutting BAD’s post season short as the win propelled Montréal to Champs. While Bay Area’s roster saw significant changes during the offseason, history repeated itself, as Montréal knocked BAD into the consolation bracket, winning 203-154.

The first jam of the game proved indicative of what would follow: despite earning lead jammer, Bay Area was unable to convert that advantage into points. They even had the opportunity to score unopposed since Montréal’s Miracle Whips picked up a quick penalty, a track cut on the inside. During the power jam, BAD held back offense and while April Bloodgate was trapped in the pack,  Montréal collected the first 9 points of the game out of the box.

In the second jam, both teams began to trade power jams, a pattern that happened often throughout the game. By the end of the game, BAD’s jammers reported to the box 14 times to Montréal’s 15 trips. Though the power jams were fairly evenly distributed, the outcomes of such jams leaned heavily in Montréal’s favor This was in part due to when the New Skids held the benefit of a power jam, they also were often at a pack advantage as well.

Photo credit: Hellslinger.

Photo credit: Hellslinger.

That second jam had Frightmare earning lead status but was sent off to the box for hitting a downed skater and was followed shortly by Montréal’s jammer after Bay Area was able to draw the penalty on Falcon Punch.  A few jams later, The 4closer ushered in a lead change after a 17 point jam to 31-27, the only time Bay Area would hold the lead. However, another power jam in Montréal’s favor allowed them to retake the lead 52-31. At the half, Montréal lead 91-58.

Overall Montréal favored a braced tripod with one floating blocker, often an extremely effective Mange Moi El Cul, spared to run interference and break up Bay Area’s notorious four wall. BAD’s defense demonstrated its ability to control the speed of the pack and seemed more flexible than it has in recent years and was able to switch to an active brace when needed–if only to give Bay Area time to reform.

The game was penalty heavy on both sides, including on ejection early on after Skatelyn made contact with a penalty box official. Despite the even penalty spread, 46 for BAD and 41 for Montréal, the number of blocker penalties assessed to Bay Area impacted the game more significantly. Bay Area received a total of 11 multiplayer penalties, which contributed to the pack advantage often leaning in Montréal’s favor.

Photo credit: Hellslinger.

Photo credit: Hellslinger.

Though Bay Area was able to rally, including a 20-point run over two jams in the final quarter of the game, it was not enough to close an ever widening gap. The 4closer scored the last 19 points, but Montréal won 203-154.

Mel E Juana and Falcon Punch both had standout performances and displayed stellar footwork particularly up the outside lines. Mel E Juana, after taking a year off from skating, was Montréal’s top scorer with 84 points.

Montréal win advances them to a semi final game against Rose City tonight at 8pm PDT. Bay Area falls to the consolation bracket to face the #11 seed Mad Rollin’ Dolls tomorrow at 12pm PDT.

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