Denver Dismisses Terminal, 379-165

LOS ANGELES, CA–Another new match-up, Terminal City met Denver first up on the second day of the tournament, and gameplay matched the rest of the days, featuring swarming and clustering walls instead of the usual lateral arrangements, with skaters reversing to engage. Star passes were a feature for Terminal, climbing to 7 in this game. With a higher predicted score differential than the previous day’s Angel City / Terminal game, everyone was watching this game’s outcome also as a potential predictor of the outcome of the following day’s Angel City / Denver match-up. And it finished with Denver taking a comfortable win, 379-165.

Angel Disconnects Terminal, 271-97

LOS ANGELES, CA–Terminal City’s impressive on-track performance was surely what convinced Angel City to extend an invitation to them for this tournament at the Richmond playoffs, despite never having met on the track before. And while the score was uneven throughout, gameplay belied it, with Terminal City demonstrating time and again their signature star pass move (three successfully scoring passes in this game alone), taking strategic jammer-on-jammer engagement when trapped, remaining engaged and persistent in every jam. Each team’s penalties sat matched at 34 apiece by the end of the game, but Terminal proved to be plagued by multiplayer penalties, at 11 of their total. Terminal City’s Swartzemegger deserves mention for remaining fast and determined throughout the game, especially given it was her first sanctioned play.

Preview: Tinseltown Showdown 2014

Los Angeles, CA–It is not an understatement that this weekend’s Tinseltown Showdown tournament boasts some of the highest-ranking play that Los Angeles will see for 2014.

D1R 7th: (10) Terminal City Tramples (9) New Hampshire, 250-154

D1R 7th: (10) Terminal City Tramples (9) New Hampshire, 250-154 Photo: Tom Klubens

RICHMOND, VA – At this point in the playoffs, both teams entered knowing neither was about to leave this game at a lower seed level than they had entered, win or lose. Given that New Hampshire took Jacksonville on the first day, and Terminal City had lost to the same team the second, this game seemed like it might be a foregone conclusion. But the trend of seeding upsets through the tournament continued into this one as New Hampshire’s first day discipline and cleanliness again deserted them. Terminal City’s lead jammer grabs handed them control from the second quarter of the game, when they took the lead and held onto it, widening the differential to 68 points, by the half, 132-64, and then continuing to a 250-154 win with the lead only ever seriously cut into by the Skate Free or Die All-Stars after Terminal had the game well won with a 55-0 run in the final two jams.