Memorial Hall- The race for The Tim Warder Cup got hot on Saturday as the home teams went head to head for the fourth time this season. For those of you keeping track at home, so far, The Dreadnought Dorothys are undefeated, The Black Eye Susans have two wins and one loss, The Victory Vixens have one win and two losses and The Knock-Outs have three losses. Things are looking good for The Dorothys if they can just maintain and avoid the mid-season choke that has afflicted them in the past. The Susans appear to be on a roll and if they keep it up they will be a contender for The Cup. The Vixens won their first game in Overtime but seem to have stalled out since then. Finally, The Knock-Outs keep trying and the best one can say is that they have improved but it almost feels like they have forgotten how to win.
There has been a mid-season draft since the last game. Four new faces have shown up and been placed on teams. Hits McGee is the newest Knock-Out, Reekin' Havoc is sporting the black and yellow jersey and Sissy Facecheck and Veruc Assault were drafted to The Vixens. All four are skating veterans from other leagues which is how they were able to fast track through the usual selection period that can take several months. Welcome to the league, ladies, and good luck to you!
The first game of the night was between The Dreadnought Dorothys and The Black Eye Susans. Xcelerator took the Jammer line against Havok for the first jam and scored four unanswered points for The Susans. Havok came back in the fourth jam and had the last laugh as she went on a ten point scoring run and took the lead for the first time-10 to 6. The lead changed hands several times through the first period and at Halftime it looked like The Dorothys were starting mid-season choke as they were trailing 88 to 107.
The Susans kept the pressure on through the second period but in Jam 13, Shuvee Gremlin went on a scoring run that put The Dorothys back in the lead, 127 to 123. With this new momentum, The Dreadnought went full speed ahead to victory, 213-188.
The rematch we've all been waiting for was the second game of the night. The Victory Vixens vs. The Knock-Outs! The last time these two played each other, it went into Overtime. Will history repeat itself or will The Knock-Outs get almost but not quite there?
I think The Knock-Outs pretty much destroyed all doubt as to who they thought was going to win from the first whistle. JessiKa Boom and Eve Illness lined up for the first jam and before you could say Lead Jammer, Boom had four unanswered points on the board. In the third Jam, Pebbles went on a 13 point scoring run, raising the Knock-Out lead 20-0. Finally, by Jam five, Rayna Pain was able to put The Vixens on the board with four points. Shimmy Hendwrex was still playing catch-up in Jam 14 with a 14 point scoring run that brought The Vixens up to 35-48. The Vixens seemed to be inching their way up into striking distance when Sk8l Attraction came out in the 21st and had a 22 point scoring run that put the girls in teal ahead 92-50. By Halftime, they had increased that lead to 126 to 70.
In the second half, it was Pebbles again who went on a 19 point scoring run in the 4th and widened the gap, 153 to 86. Sk8l Attraction came back out in the 9th and scored 14 points, raising the score 180 to 98. In Jam 18, Eve Illness and Pebbles went toe stop to toe stop and scored 12 points each but it was too little too late for The Vixens because when the final whistle blew, after a season and a half, The Knock-Outs had finally done it, 272 to 169!
With this latest game, the lines are now a little blurred. First place is still held by The Dorothys and with two victories to two losses, The Susans are still in second but now, The Vixens and The Knock-Outs are both 1 and 3. If The Knock-Outs and The Vixens both win their next games on April 1st, Game 6 will be amazing because everybody will be a contender for second.
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