D1FW Championship: (1) Denver Squishes (6) Ohio, 304-134

D1FW Championship: (1) Denver Squishes (6) Ohio, 304-134 Photo: Dave Wood

FORT WAYNE, IN–Ohio made a game of things for the first 25 minutes as they exploited Denver jammer penalties–but an 82-1 run for Denver either side of half time and an 83-4 run in the second period either side of another jammer penalty ensured the Mile High Club took the tournament victory with ease, 304-134.

D1FW Semi: (6) Ohio Boxes (2) Montreal, 212-149

FORT WAYNE, IN — In the second semifinal of the Fort Wayne Division 1 Playoffs, 6th seeded Ohio scored their second upset of the weekend by staying clean and smart against 2nd-seeded Montreal, who occasionally seemed to be firing a machine gun at their own feet. Montreal committed 12 jammer penalties, dug themselves a 78-point first-half hole and trailed by 62 at the half. Though the second half was nearly perfectly even at 74-73 Ohio, the underdog could afford to play a conservative endgame and rode a fine performance to a 212-149 win, a trip to the tournament final against top seed Denver, and a guaranteed berth in November’s WFTDA Championships.

D1FW: (6) Ohio Upsets (3) Arch Rival, 218-166

D1FW: (6) Ohio Upsets (3) Arch Rival, 218-166 Photo: Dave Wood.

FORT WAYNE, IN — In the closing game of Friday action in Fort Wayne, 6th seeded Ohio claimed the only seeding upset of the day, turning around a very rocky start against third-seeded Arch Rival to crawl out of a 68-point deficit, winning 218-166 and claiming the final berth in the tournament semifinals. The victory pits them against 2 seed Montreal at 4pm on Saturday with a trip to the tournament final on the line.

#25 Arch Rival Flips #19 Ohio, 179-108

#25 Arch Rival Flips #19 Ohio, 179-108 Photo (c) Bob Dunnell (mrmcwheely.com)

BALLWIN, MO–Mere hours after the 139th Kentucky Derby had concluded Saturday, Arch Rival (#25 DNN/WFTDA 13) made its own derby dash at Midwest Sport Hockey and went to the winner’s circle in a 179-108 victory over Ohio (#19 DNN/WFTDA 23). St. Louis’ 71-point trip to the pay window provided retribution after Ohio had dropped two losses on them in 2012, including a first-round bounce to the consolation bracket at last September’s North Central region playoff.

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