ECDX: Shock Exchange Over Dirty Dozen, 154-96
FEASTERVILLE, PA -- In the first ever fully sanctioned MRDA bout at ECDX, it was fitting that the first two men’s roller derby teams to play by modern WFTDA rules would be showcased. The New York Shock Exchange faced off against Pioneer Valley Roller Derby’s Dirty Dozen in the most recent entry in a 4-year rivalry; NYSE was up by just 8 at the break but poured it on in the second half to win 154-96.
The Shock Exchange started strong, with captain Jonathan R posting 4 and then 10 in the first and third jams against old jamline rivals Jurasskick Park and Dr. Spankenstein. From there, both teams posted small point gains until the 9th jam when Mars Travolta racked up 15 points of his own against Jonathan R changing the lead and putting PVRD up 24-18. The lead would change three more times in the half, mostly through single pass scores for both teams. After the second to last jam, the Dozen had their biggest lead of the bout 53-41. But on the 22nd and last jam of the period, Jonathan R posted a 20 point jam while Vader, Abe Drinkin, and Jefferee kept Jurasskick Park scoreless until he got sent to the box for a major back block to put NYSE in the lead 61-53 as the period clock ended.
The second period was a much different game. For the Dozen, penalty trouble and a short roster of only 11 started to wear on their ability to shut down Shock Exchange scoring runs. The period started with the box full for the Dozen, allowing NYSE jammer Ladies Knight to get lead and complete two grand slams while Jurasskick Park got stuck behind a power pack led by Vader and Abe Drinkin until those two went to the box and Jurasskick finally broke through the pack as the Dozen’s box emptied, forcing Abe to call it with a score of 12 for the jam. On the 9th jam, NYSE's Ace of Skates picked up 10 and passed the star to pivot Jonathan R after taking a hard hit; JR posted another 9 that jam while Jurasskick Park served a minute as jammer for a mid-jam major cut track. As with the first period, the two teams earned lead jammer an equal number of times, but the Dozen’s jammers scored single scoring passes in all but one late jam where Dr. Spankenstein would post 10 out of the period’s 43 points. The Shock Exchange posted multiple scoring passes in 6 of the period’s 21 jams for 93 second period points.
Both teams rotated their jammer rosters through the pack, but the Dozen, with a jammer rotation of three, tired their jammers out in that second period as the Shock Exchange sent five different skaters out with the star. Final score: New York Shock Exchange 154 to Dirty Dozen 96.