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Alley Kats Look to Build on Momentum Against the Devil Dollies

Credit: Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems)

Credit: Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems)

The Alley Kats, coming off of their close loss last Friday to the Saucies, will be looking to build on that momentum heading into their bout this Friday against the Devil Dollies. The Dollies, who last gave the champion Knockouts a scare, are also trending upwards and will be looking to build on momentum. Both teams should feel like this game is winnable, and only one team will come out of this game with that momentum in tact. 

The game itself should be a key game in deciding what the QCRG playoffs will look like. If the Dollies win this game they will at least lock down the 3rd spot in the league and match up in the first round against whoever finishes 2nd. If the Kats win, they have a shot at moving up from that 4th spot for the first time since the 2012 season. The Knockouts have won 18 straight in home league play and no one wants to meet them in the first round of the playoffs. The Dollies beat the Kats 236-133 in the second bout of this league season, but you can expect this game to be more competitive based upon this playoff fight alone. 

Doors open at Riverworks (359 Ganson St. Buffalo) at 7pm and the bout starts at 7:30. Front row seating is $20, general admission is $15 and kids under 12 are $10 (at the door only). You can purchase tickets at http://www.qcrg.net/event/alley-kats-vs-devil-dollies-2/

Storylines to Watch 

Jammer Rotations: Coaches for both teams have some decisions to make about their jammer rotations at this midway point of the season. The emergence of Bang GRRang for the Kats, and a large jammer rotation for the Dollies, mean that coaches will have to get creative with their line ups or start tightening up their jammer rotations. Both of these teams struggled early in the season when main jammers were moved to blocker/pivot rolls and there are no easy answers for either team. A tighter rotation may mean fatigue and more penalties, while a larger rotations might see more inexperienced jammers struggle. The coach that adapts their rotation best in-game might decide this bout. 

Penalties: I predict this will be a storyline to watch for the Alley Kats up until they win a game. Their close loss to the Saucies was wholly decided by penalties and undisciplined play. Jammers have to cut down on track cuts and blockers have to do whatever they can to remain on the track. If the Dollies take more penalties than the Kats, especially the jammers, this game is definitely in reach for the Kats. 

Credit: Galia

Credit: Galia