By Jesse Gilbert
The Rail Yard Dawgs were shutout in Birmingham 4-0 on Saturday. The loss comes following a 5-4 win against the Bulls the night before. Not getting a single tally against the Bulls on Saturday hurt, but the Dawgs holding on for the win at home on double dare night was very important as the playoff race begins to heat up.
The boys are looking to bounce back with three games on the menu for this weekend, including the first Sunday game of the season. They’ll kick the weekend off on the road against Knoxville. Roanoke is 2-3 against the Ice Bears so far this season. They’ll head back home from Tennessee for two home games against the Macon Mayhem on Saturday and Sunday. The Mayhem have not won a single game on the road so far, and the Dawgs plan to keep it that way.
Every game this weekend is critical for the playoff picture. Three teams (Roanoke, Birmingham, and Macon) are tied for the eighth and final playoff spot. While the Quad City Storm are only two points ahead and sitting in seventh place. The Dawgs have picked up the pace in comparison to the rough start they had this season and are 4-4-2 in their last ten games. Staying out of the box is going to be crucial for success this weekend. Roanoke has the second worst penalty kill in the league killing off only 79.21% of penalties the team takes. If they can avoid taking bad penalties, the Dawgs should be in good shape to secure some points this weekend.