(Recap by Muckety Muck – Photos by Bob Dunnell)
(BALLWIN, MO) The Stunt Devils claimed the 2017-18 Arch Rival Roller Derby (ARCH) local championship Saturday night at Midwest Sport Hockey with a 215-198 victory over the defending champions, the Smashinistas.
In a topsy-turvy finale that saw numerous nail-biting moments, the Stunts utilized a 35-1 second-period run deep en route to the team’s 17-point victory over the defending champs and their fifth trophy overall.
“We forgot that we were supposed to be having fun and we brought it in the second half,” said Stunt Devils’ Bench Coach Ninja Sass’Em afterwards. “We made roller derby fun again and we stayed on the track a lot more.”
The Smashinistas held a 13-0 lead after jammer Bolt Action collected a nine-point strike in the game’s second jam.
The Stunts’ contingent of blockers that included Shear-Ra Powers, Fletch-A-Sketch, Lethal Dose, Nox, Bruise Almighty, Joan of Spark, Splatter and Pegassas propelled a scoreboard-flipping 23-0 rally over the next three jams. Launched by Ultraviolet’s 15-pointer in Jam 3 and followed by back-to-back four-point rotations from Aggie Wartooth and Bricktator, the Stunts possessed a 23-13 edge six minutes in.
Following a scoreless rotation, the Stunt Devils notched 32 points uncontested with a 15-point power jam from Bricktator at the 16:50 mark that was followed by D’ Freakout’s 17-point jam that made the score 76-28 midway through the period.
To their credit, the Smashinistas quelled the early onslaught, flipped the script, played patiently and narrowed the differential to a solo point via 60-13 stretch run that spanned twelve minutes. Key to the comeback were the stellar play of blockers Hero Shima, Cloak N’ Drag-Her, Professor Rumbledore, Girl Fawkes, Rock Slobster, Poison Ivy, Bridsong, Rude-Off, Outlaw Josie Wheels and Spock N’ Roll and the squad’s capitalization of three power jams.
Launched by Smarty McFly’s 19-point strike at the 12:30 mark and punctuated by Vicious Van GoGo’s 18 with 3:15 left in the period, the Smashies narrowed the score to 89-88. Following a scoreless rotation, the Smashies grabbed their second lead of the contest with The Jukes on You’s 14-2 power jam that resulted in a 102-91 scoreboard flip with :45 reaming in the half.
The lead was short-lived and the Stunts soon capitalized on their own power jam on the period’s final rotation. A 14-2 finish ensued from D’ Freakout and the Stunts held a 105-102 at intermission.
Play was tight in the opening rotations of the second period and the Smashies regained the lead, 113-110, following Holliver Fist’s grand slam at the 27:10 mark.
The Stunts responded with 29 points uncontested. Back-to-back power jams from Ultraviolet and Bricktator resulted in nine and twenty points, respectively, as the team’s lead built a 139-113 advantage six minutes in.
As the period progressed, the Stunts widened the differential and pushed the score to 172-138 midway through the frame.
The defending champs countered with 21 uncontested and shored the score to 172-159 following Bolt Action’s nine-pointer scored at the 12:30 mark.
The Stunts arguably claimed their strongest run of the contest with a five-jam, 35-1 push that was highlighted by Aggie Wartooth’s 14-point strike seven minutes left that made the score 207-163.
Seventeen points with one jam remaining wasn’t completely out of reach for the Smashies if they craved back-to-back trophies. But in order to do so, claiming lead jammer status was the only option available.
With the final jam in play, the Stunts’ wall of blockers surged ahead, opened holes and gave the space needed for Bricktator to surge to the front of the pack and claim the championship-winning lead. As soon as the period clock expired, the veteran wisely called off the jam as the Stunts recorded the 215-198 triumph and their fifth ARCH title.
Van GoGo finished her first full year of tenure with the Smashies (2-3) with a 56-point performance followed by Bolt Action’s 38.
STUNT DEVILS (215): Psychokid D. Freakout 78, Bricktator 68, Ultraviolet 49, Aggie Wartooth 22, Splatter 9
SMASHINISTAS (198): Vicious Van GoGo 56, Bolt Action 38, Smarty McFly 36, The Jukes On You 33, Cloak N’ Drag-Her 26, Holliver Fist 12
Here is the post-game interview with the Stunts following the game.
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