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Broomfest 2019 Winners!!!

The 22nd iteration of Broomfest took place this past weekend in Oxford, OH. It was another outstanding event with 14 teams turning out for the 2019 tournament from several different states and regions!
Kicking off bright and early on Saturday morning, the participants were split into two 7-team pools and went through opening pool play games. Qualifying games gave us a few surprising results, but mostly ended as expected with several lopsided results in favor of the more experienced travel teams in attendance. When all was said and done, the top six teams had clearly separated themselves from the remaining competition.
The eight lowest finishers were sent into the Broomfest B-Bracket for elimination play, which was controlled by Magic MushBrooms (Cincinnati/Dayton, OH) and Ice Storm (Cleveland, OH). They each advanced to the championship game with multiple goal differentials in the QFs and SFs. Meeting in the title match of the B-Bracket proved to be a hard fought battle for both teams. While the MushBrooms primarily controlled the game in terms of possession and shots on goal, Ice Storm took better advantage of their opportunities and played strong defense to end regulation in a 1-1 tie. The initial 5-minute overtime wasn’t enough time to find a winner, but Ice Storm quickly capitalized on starting Double-OT with a man advantage and broke the tie with a sudden death game winning goal! Congrats to Ice Storm and all members of the up and coming Cleveland Broomball League!
The A-Bracket was even more competitive with six highly skilled and experienced teams. No elimination games were decided by more than a 1 goal differential and multiple overtime periods were needed to reach our championship. In the end, Charm City Roadrunners (Baltimore, MD) and Tendies & Fireball (OH/MD/PA/Boston/CAN) survived the gauntlet to reach the coveted Broomfest Championship match. Once again, regulation wasn’t sufficient to find our winner, and an overtime tripping penalty opened the door for a power play game winning goal from Mike Dzoba of Tendies & Fireball. Welcome to the Broomfest history books Tendies & Fireball, we look forward to seeing you defend your title in 2020!
P.S. Two more hardest shot champions were crowned during the mid-day break. Andrew Miller (Pittsburgh) defended his men’s title with an 87mph shot and Kari Balogh (Pittsburgh) took the women’s title with a nice 69mph strike.

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