D1S: Gotham Surmounts Denver, 193-89

SACRAMENTO, CA–It took Gotham 33 minutes to break the century mark in their match-up against Denver, but once they hit that mark, there was no stopping them. They held Denver scoreless for seven of the first eight jams in the second period, opening up a 70-point margin with 20 minutes to play en route to a final score of 193-89.

D1S: #9 Denver Ices #8 Minnesota, 185-93

D1S: #9 Denver Ices #8 Minnesota, 185-93 Denver Roller Dolls' Urrk'n Martin escapes the pack in their game against Minnesota Rollergirls at D1 playoffs in Sacramento, September 6 2014. Photo: Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E.sign

SACRAMENTO, CA–Minnesota came out of the gate strong in the last bout of day two and kept the first ten minutes pretty close, but Denver’s trademark demoralizing defense kicked in thereafter. That ultimately stopped up Minnesota’s scoring and kept the Mile High Club in control of the game. Denver extended their all-time record over MNRG to 4-0 with a solid 189-93 win.

D1S: #3 Denver Rolls Over #6 Santa Cruz

SACRAMENTO, CA–The game between Denver and Santa Cruz went about as expected: Denver played their demoralizing defense and worked toward a solid win over the #25 ranked Boardwalk Bombshells. After Santa Cruz placed 2nd in Division 2 last year, the team started this year by playing up into D1 for a number of games–winning over Wasatch in March and losing by just 38 points to Rat City in June. Their tenacity definitely showed during this game, but their 260-48 loss to Denver showed that the top 40 has a wide range.

Preview: #3 Denver vs #6 Santa Cruz

Preview: #3 Denver vs #6 Santa Cruz Denver's Julie Adams vs Cincinnatii at playoffs in 2013 (c) Dave Wood

Denver have a winning history against other tournament entries (Terminal City, Kansas City, Tampa this season, and Minnesota in the last), beaten only by Gotham and Rat City.