Submitted by the Oz Roller Girls
OSWEGO — The Oz Roller Girls rallied for a 185-183 win on Saturday over Watertown’s Black River Rollers that raised Oswego’s first flat-track derby team to 2-0 at home in its debut season.
The bout wasn’t decided until the final jam, when Certified Public Assassin grabbed lead jammer status, ran the game clock down to 9 seconds and called off the jam before either team could add to their point totals. The clock ran out and Oz held on for the win in the hard-hitting bout.
Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy’s 55 points led the Oz Roller Girls, which saw a balanced attack from its five main jammers — skaters who wear stars on their helmet and score points by passing members of the opposing team. Certified Public Assassin added 46 for Oz, followed by Abbie Cadaver with 33, Crushed Red Pepper with 27 and J-Rock-It with 24.
The Black River Rollers were led by 113 points from Bitchin N’ Rollin, whose speed and power proved difficult to match. Veronika Gettsburger added 46 points, and Minnie N’ Mighty 20 for the visitors.
The teams traded the lead early until Veronika Gettsburger’s 18-point jam put BRR up 48-33 — a lead they maintained throughout the half. But a 12-point jam by Crushed Red Pepper to end the first period brought the score to 96-83 to give the home skaters some momentum heading into the half. Despite a knee injury to Oz co-captain and blocker Von Diesel and the 13-point deficit, the home team had to find a way to rally.
Starting out the second period, Oz chipped away at the lead steadily until a nine-point jam by Certified Public Assassin gave them a brief 120-119 lead. But Bitchin N’ Rollin answered back with a 13-point attack which, despite a stout 8-point jam from Abbie Cadaver, gave the Black River Rollers a 132-128 lead.
The turning point came two jams later, when Oz Roller Girls blockers Certified Public Assassin, Short Fuze, Insane Assilem and Rockem Sockem pulled off a delayed-start strategy to allow Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy to blast out of the penalty box and use her speed and teammates for a tremendous 19-point jam that gave Oz a 147-135 lead.
But Watertown refused to go down without a fight. A 10-point jam by Bitchin N’ Rollin brought the Black River Rollers within one point, 154-153, before Crushed Red Pepper rolled up 12 points in the next jam, then Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy put up 19 points in the next two jams for a 185-169 advantage. But Bitchin N’ Rollin racked up 14 points to draw the visitors within 185-183 — and set up the dramatic final jam.
Watertown grabbing lead jammer and scoring points could have put them in the driver’s seat in the final jam, but effective blocking by Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy, Insane Assilem, Rockem Sockem and Medusa’s Might allowed Certified Public Assassin to grab lead jammer and effectively end the nip-and-tuck contest.
J-Rock-It, a sparkplug who endured a physical pounding from Watertown’s larger skaters, earned MVP honors for Oz. Bitchin N’ Rollin’s scoring proficiency earned MVP honors for the visitors.
In the exhibition nightcap featuring Oswego’s two intraleague teams, the Port City Sirens topped the Nukes of Hazzard, 120-114.
The Oz Roller Girls return to action at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink, hosting Enchanted Mountain Derby. The Nukes of Hazzard look to avenge their loss to the Port City Sirens as an intraleague bout rounds out the doubleheader.
For more information or tickets, visit www.ozrollergirls.com.