ST. LOUIS, MO — The WFTDA North Central playoff perimeter potentially changed on Saturday night following a lower-ranked squad’s rumble aided by a higher-ranked squad’s stumble. A 123-point second half barrage helped NC #10 Arch Rival (unofficially ranked #22 in the nation by DNN) upend NC #7 North Star 181-40 Saturday night at Midwest Sport Hockey.
In the process, Arch Rival (6-1) recorded its sixth straight win, its fifth North Central victory in the last two months and its second rout of a higher-ranked region rival in the last four weeks.
“The pressure was on (us) for this bout,” said jammer Mighty Mighty Boston, who paced Arch Rival with 77 points. “We knew a win could launch us forward in the rankings and a loss could make the validity of our previous wins questionable.”
North Star grabbed the first points of the bout with a two-point tally by Roller Vixen to give the visitors a 2-0 lead, but ARRG would notch the first of many uncontested scoring streaks thereafter with a 21-0 run in the bout’s next three jams, resulting in 21-2 edge eight minutes in. Arch Rival controlled first half scoring, utilizing multiple four and five-pointers by Boston, Downtown Dallis and South City Shiner to methodically build a 58-23 halftime lead.
After North Star jammer Kim Gallant scored five to begin the second half to cut the gap to 58-28, Arch Rival followed with a 15-0 run, extending the lead to 73-28 with 26:20 remaining. St. Louis would then go on a blinding run beginning at the 21:30 mark – a 47-0 stretch in the bout’s next five jams, paced by Boston’s 30-point power jam with 16:00 remaining.
“My blockers worked hard for me in order to get it,” said the All-Star rookie of the strike. “Power jams are fun. They get the bench, blockers and the other jammers fired up.”
Conversely, North Star was snuffed out in the second half, held to eight points in the bout’s last twenty minutes.
Arch Rival outscored the Supernovas 123-17 in the second half to pick up the 141-point win and validate their current six game winning streak. Dallis contributed 55 points for Arch Rival while Shiner added 31. The stats sheet reflected North Star’s serious penalty trouble, as they committed almost two-thirds of the bout’s total penalty minutes.
North Star, whose North Central record finishes 0-2, was paced by Kim Gallant’s 12 points. The Supernovas currently have no remaining dates on their 2011 travel schedule and will be unable to help their own cause any further in the scramble for a playoff spot, with their tournament hopes now in the hands of the WFTDA voters.
Arch Rival travels to NC#9 Chicago Outfit for a Saturday, July 9 rematch. ARRG defeated the Outfit 129- 72 at Midwest Brewhaha in May.