ECDX 2013: Philly Traps Windy, 190-189
FEASTERVILLE, PA--Philly were still reeling from a ruthless demolition by the Texecutioners when they took to the track against a Windy City team that had warmed up with a comfortable win over Tampa.
In what was the most fiercely contested and closely fought bout of the year to date, Philly took the win 190-189. For the second time in three games between the teams, it was Teflon Donna who put the winning point on the board--this time, in the final second of an overtime jam.
The opening jam made it look like Philly might be heading to a defeat as demoralising as the previous day when Devoida Mercy struggled with Yvette Yourmaker as Ginger Vitis and Tarantula headed to the box in the opening seconds. KonichiWOW then repeatedly recycled Mercy as Ying O'Fire took Windy into an early 19-0 lead.
A 3-0 for Sites followed as Windy filled their half of the box before Ginger Vitis cleared the way for Antidote to make it 19-7. Clam Jammer exploited Windy's continuing penalty issues, despite the attentions of Sargentina, and got another three. Mercy continued Philly's revival with their first multiple scoring pass jam of the bout as she tied it up with five minutes gone.
Sites gave Philly the lead as Varla Vendetta was boxed on a cut and Windy's blockers continued to enjoy the company of the penalty box officials--but a backblock call on Varla meant she couldn't erase that lead. Sites outmuscled the light Windy packs, showing some of the form that seemed to have evaded her against the Texecutioners, and made it 39-19.
Antidote picked up a back block on her first scoring pass just as Varla returned, letting her end Windy's five jam scoreless run. She managed 19 across the jam to Antidote's six, and saw her pack swell just as Philly's dwindled.
Sites took advantage of strong defence by Teflon Donna to make it 50-38--but she went down holding her jaw after a blow to the face from Sargentina. That hit was ruled to be a reckless high elbow by the officials and saw Sargentina ejected, though Sites skated back to her bench under her own power.
Thievin' Tyler pushed Windy back into the lead next time out though after Mercy backblocked her way to the box. Sharp hitting from Shenita Stretcher at the death denied Tyler a pass worth of points and forced the call with Mercy standing.
Jam 12 saw Clam Jammer boxed--but Tef and Heavy Flo dominated Killa Nois to almost entirely kill the penalty, which left Windy with a 75-58 lead and 12 minutes left in the half. But Sites returned and quickly saw Varla boxed on a cut.
The Windy pack was down to two with Yvette Yourmaker sitting in the box after Sargentina had to be removed from the crowd after returning trackside to join the Windy City cheering section.
Sites cut into the Windy lead but couldn't quite effect a lead change. Philly stayed within a pass until Bork Bork Bork forced a cut on Clam Jammer with some hard hitting to the inside before turn one. That let Nois make it 104-80.
Philly got the better of the final few jams of the period to go into halftime trailing 109-100 despite winning the first-half powerjam battle 5-3.
When play resumed, Sites busted through another light Windy pack for lead and a quick four in the first 20 seconds of the second period. Emma Knockuout recycling Thievin' Tyler let Mercy give Philly a four-point lead with a 9-0 next time out.
Sites extended that lead as Windy were held scoreless for the opening five minutes of the period despite finally restoring penalty discipline and starting to keep serious numbers of blockers on the track. But K-Wow and Ruthenasia teamed up to hold Antidote long enough for Tyler to restore the Windy lead, 119-117.
The game was tied up at 122 apiece after the teams traded points and box trips. Windy then led for three jams before Antidote put up the sixth lead change of the bout--but couldn't push Philly more than a pass in front. They held the narrowest of leads until a 5-0 for Ying O'Fire made it 139-135 in Windy's favour with 13 minutes to go.
Shenita then let Mercy tie it up with some masterful one-one-one work against Killa. A chaotic jam left Windy with a 154-139 lead with 8:48 left--and an official time out saw Sites returned to the box as jammer for a low block call that was not reported during the chaos of the previous jam.
That let Windy bring out powerjam specialist Athena DaCrime--and she made their lead 25 before Sites returned. The lead had been cut to 18 before a forearm major on Sites let Ying in to make it 174-146 before she got called off for blocking with the head after attacking the Philly wall. 10 Sites points made the deficit 18 at the two-minute warning. Tef cut that to 13 with a quickfire 5-0 jam with seconds out.
Windy looked to have the bout won when Ying got lead as the period clock expired--but when Tyler was boxed on her scoring pass for a backblock that let Sites in to seemingly take the win, 176-174.
Philly's celebrations were cut short when two points went up for Windy after the period clock expired to leave the scoreboard reading 176-176 to force an overtime jam to deafening roars inside the arena.
Ying O'Fire and Teflon Donna lined up with Philly holding a 3-2 pack advantage. Ying put ip 9 before Tef finally fought her way out of the pack--but Tef tied it up with 30 seconds left. It looked to be heading for double overtime before Tef raced the final pass to just get her hips in front of one Windy skater as the clock hit zero, and Philly took the bout 190-189.