The Lil Chicago Roller Derby Jaw Breakers hit the track with a new attitude Saturday.
That was bad news for the visiting Gang Green from Brandon.
The Breakers skated away from Gang Green for a comfortable 281-74 win at the Hillcrest.
“We played great. We played as a team and we did all of the things that we wanted to do,” said Natosha Wareham, who skates as Boosty ‘Eh’ Bombshell for the Breakers. “We tried a lot of new things and they worked.”
The locals wasted no time in breaking the game open. The Brandon jammer took a penalty on the first two jams of the game. That allowed Moose Jaw to rack up the points while Brandon’s jammer — the player who scores points by lapping the opposition — was sitting in the penalty box.
Moose Jaw took a 48-1 lead after those first two power jams.
“We really tried to work our power jams. We did that extremely effectively. It jump-started our game at the beginning,” said Moose Jaw’s Melissa Lawson, better knows as Mystique N’ Destroy to derby fans.
The Breakers have more experience than their Brandon counterparts, but Lawson felt they also upped their play. She credited new coach Sentinel Prime for his part in helping them improve.
“With the help of our new coach we’re just a different team — from our teamwork to our attitude,” said Lawson who was Moose Jaw’s game MVP.
The Jaw Breakers did an excellent job of staying out of the penalty box, but they also controlled the jams by being the lead jammer more often than not. That allowed them to control the tempo and play their game.
The Jaw Breakers will host Medicine Hat’s Gas City Rollers on Sept. 22 in their final game at the Hillcrest.