D1S 3rd: (3) Rat City Bankrupts (4) Detroit, 254-129

D1S 3rd: (3) Rat City Bankrupts (4) Detroit, 254-129 Photo: Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E.sign

SALEM, OR–Rat City (#3) took to the track against (#4) Detroit in the 3rd place playoff at Salem, with both teams hungry to take the win and head to Championships in Milwaukee next month. While the fast-paced, hard-hitting game was a crowd favorite, it was clear from the start that Rat City had what it took to get to Champs and the skaters from Seattle slowly chipped away at the clock, eventually winning 254-129.

D1S: (2) Atlanta Exterminates (3) Rat, 220-186

D1S: (2) Atlanta Exterminates (3) Rat, 220-186 Photo: Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E.sign

SALEM, OR–Both teams entered knowing that the winner of this game was confirmed to move on to Championships in Milwaukee and each brought what they had to the game. But a penalty-plagued Rat City team wasn’t able to keep up with Atlanta beyond a neck-and-neck lead-switching first quarter and they finally succumbed to the Dirty South, 220-186.

D1S: (3) Rat City Squeaks By (6) Boston, 212-205

D1S: (3) Rat City Squeaks By (6) Boston, 212-205 Photo: Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E.sign

SALEM, OR–Boston and Rat City played an instant classic to close out the first day of Salem Playoffs, going blow-for-blow in a bout that featured multiple lead changes in the first three-quarters. Rat established a 40-point margin late in the game and fought off a last-minute power jam-assisted comeback from Boston to escape with a 212-205 victory.

Preview: Salem WFTDA Division 1 Playoff

SALEM, OR–Since August, we’ve been charting the Road to the Hydra as it has snaked through Des Moines and Kalamazoo for Division 2 Playoffs, and through Fort Wayne, Richmond and Asheville for Division 1. This weekend’s tournament in Salem, Oregon, is the last playoff tournament before champs in Milwaukee on November 8-10 and there are plenty of good match-ups on show.

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