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Weekend Preview: The Furies Hit the Road for “Beaver Fever” and the Dollies Take on the Saucies

Credit: Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems)

Credit: Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems)

Another busy weekend for the Queen City Roller Girls will see one home league game on Friday night at Riverworks and three tournament games on the road for the Furies. At home, the Dollies will take on the Saucies on Friday night at Riverworks in a rematch of “Hell on Wheels.” These two teams are set to meet down the road in the playoffs, and even though both teams will be without skaters who also play for the Furies, you can expect a tight bout. The Saucies beat the Dollies 238-163 earlier in the season, but with similar 2-2 records in home league play, the Dollies actually have a better point differential for the season than the Saucies. 

As the Dollies and Saucies battle it out at Riverworks, the Lake Effect Furies will be taking on the Tri City Thunder in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada) to kick off the Beaver Fever tournament. With a game each day of the tournament, the Furies will also take on Green Mt. on Saturday and Rideau Valley on Sunday. The Furies are ranked higher than all of these teams in WFTDA, but historically games have been close against Tri City and Rideau. The Furies will need a solid weekend to cement a position in their first ever Division 1 playoff and all of these teams will be hungry for an upset. 

Action kicks off at Riverworks (359 Ganson St. Buffalo) on Friday 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/devil-dollies-vs-suicidal-saucies-2/

For hardcore Furies fans who want to make the trek across the border you can find info about Beaver Fever and schedules at https://www.facebook.com/events/855069974550781/. There is talk that the Friday night bout may be live streamed, but with or without that be sure to follow @qcrg  and the #qcrg tag on twitter for updates. 

Storylines to Watch

No Furies, No Problem: Without Furies skaters the Dollies coaches will have adjustments to make at the jammer position, while the Saucies will have a gapping hole in their blocking core. Both of these teams are deeper at these positions than other home teams, but how their coaches manage their absence will decide who wins this bout. 

Marathon, Not a Sprint: The Furies have struggled in the second half of their last two games with penalties and fatigue. They have had some time off to rest and prepare for this weekend and three games in three days will be another mental and physical test for this team. Last year in Division 2 tournament playoff play the Furies dropped their first game to Gold Coast in a major upset. They regrouped for the rest of the playoff, but they need to make sure things like this don’t repeat in tournament play this year.