D1S: #5 Montréal beats Charlottesville, 486 -144

D1S: #5 Montréal beats Charlottesville, 486 -144 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/
SEATTLE, WA — In the third game of a so-far-rankings-true Division 1 Playoffs, #12 Charlottesville came in against the #5 Montréal New Skids on the Block. Charlottesville is no stranger to coming to D1s low. Over the last few years they have been one of the cusp teams that bounces between the two divisions, making a strong impression at Jacksonville D1 playoffs in 2015, and then finishing in 4th place at the 2016 D2 Championships.

Montréal had a significant season, rocking the boat at Tiny Tourney with wins over Tampa Roller Derby and Jacksonville, both of whom had been ranked above them at the time. They continued their show of strength at ECDX with wins over Philly, Rocky Mountain, and Dairyland Dolls.Charlottesville came into this game with a strategy we saw when they played Denver in the second round game of Jacksonville D1 playoffs: earn as many points as possible by running jams long when given the opportunity. So anytime Charlottesville gets lead, we saw them pass the star, or at least take it off to prevent an accidental call off.
Photo credit: Hellslinger.

Photo credit: Hellslinger.

For the beginning of the game, the strategy of “Let’s win the point spread” worked out for them. A team that runs deep with jammers, Charlottesville was able to put up 50 points in the first five jams against Montréal’s 75. However, things soon got out of hand for the Dames as #430 Mel E Juana and #18 Honey Badger seemed to be too much for them to handle, both putting up over 20 points in the next few jams. In fact, there were 10 jams over the course of the game where Montréal put up at least 19 points, two of them were over 30 points, and for three of the jams Charlottesville was held scoreless.At the halftime, New Skids led 235-84.The second half did not improve for the Dames’ strategy.

#66 Falcon Punch was close to unstoppable, despite valiant efforts from #138 Big Bangarang and #011 River Strong on the lines. Meanwhile, #123 Miracle Whips obtained a 90% lead jammer percentage over 10 jams in the game.

Charlottesville’s defense could not contain the jammers, and their jammers could not consistently swim upstream strongly enough to get past the torrent of Montréal blockers. #658 Surgical Strike and #289 Cheese Grater, in opposite packs, were part of waterfalls that would make Niagra jealous. Montréal has been known for power and speed over the years, but their coordinated defense and trust in each other is what set them apart today. They were a united force as Charlottesville was easily split apart during endurance jams.

Photo credit: Hellslinger.

Photo credit: Hellslinger.

In the end, Montréal apex jumped to a 486 – 144 win.

Montréal moves on to play #4 Bay Area Derby on Saturday at 10am PDT. Charlottesville falls to the consolation bracket and will play on Saturday at 4pm PDT against the loser of #3 Jacksonville / #6 Rat City game.

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