Champions! Squirrels 6, Whalers 1

The Squirrels capped off a dominant playoffs with a 6-1 victory against the Whalers in the Bronze 2B championship game Sunday, winning their 7th ice title since 2004.

Neil Shah, Vivek Pinto, and Brent Machado scored first period goals to give the Squirrels a 3-0 lead.

With a power play early in the second, the Squirrels were caught napping and surrendered a short-handed goal to cut the lead to 3-1 and keep the game within reach. But Marc Irby scored with 22 seconds to go in the second period to give the Squirrels momentum.

Despite desperate play, and several power plays, the Whalers couldn’t get anything else past Merritt Lyon, who only gave up 4 goals in three playoff games. Irby scored twice more for the hat-trick. Lyon also became only the second Squirrels goalie to win multiple championships, the first since Drew  Thimann won his second in 2006.

The Squirrels were without several regulars but have green championship shirts for everyone.

  The Gardens IH – Patrick      Sun, Apr 09, 2017 at 3:34pm
The Whalers 1 Screaming Squirrels 6

 

 Game Details
 Scoring Shots on Goal
1 2 3 Total
The Whalers 0 1 0 1
Screaming Squirrels 3 1 2 6
The Whalers 17
Screaming Squirrels 22

 

 Scoring Summary
Period 1
Screaming SquirrelsNeil Shah (Joseph Ponzetti) , 7:07
Screaming SquirrelsVivek Pinto (Robert Valdes) , 9:44
Screaming SquirrelsBrent Machado (Marc Irby) , 12:25
Period 2
The WhalersEric Ritz (short handed) (unassisted) , 5:48
Screaming SquirrelsMarc Irby (Neil Shah) , 14:38
Period 3
Screaming SquirrelsMarc Irby (unassisted) , 4:10
Screaming SquirrelsMarc Irby (Neil Shah, Anthony Richelsen) , 9:35

 

Penalties
Period 1
The WhalersJoey Goldberg (Tripping), 2 min , 8:19
Screaming SquirrelsDonald Marks (Interference), 2 min , 10:38
The WhalersKevin Holt (Tripping), 2 min , 10:53
Period 2
Screaming SquirrelsRobert Valdes (Hooking), 2 min , 2:06
The WhalersJoey Goldberg (Tripping), 2 min , 4:12
Screaming SquirrelsVivek Pinto (Hooking), 2 min , 9:47
Period 3
Screaming SquirrelsBrent Machado (Hooking), 2 min , 0:56
Screaming SquirrelsRobert Valdes (Interference), 2 min , 5:53
The WhalersJustin Kadesch (Holding), 2 min , 13:51

 

Rosters
The Whalers Screaming Squirrels
Goalies
Name Min Shots Saves
1 John Scavilla 45 22 16
Name Min Shots Saves
37 Merritt Lyon 45 17 16
Players
# Name G A PTS PIM GWG
4 Brandon Bruce 0 0 0 0 0
10 Timothy Davin 0 0 0 0 0
13 Joey Goldberg 0 0 0 4 0
16 Ben Simon 0 0 0 0 0
17 Kevin Mccarthy 0 0 0 0 0
19 Tom Dionesotes 0 0 0 0 0
20 Justin Kadesch 0 0 0 2 0
26 Bobby Holt 0 0 0 0 0
68 Patrick Mullen 0 0 0 0 0
82 Eric Ritz 1 0 1 0 0
88 Kevin Holt 0 0 0 2 0
91 Matthew Bender 0 0 0 0 0
# Name G A PTS PIM GWG
2 Donald Marks 0 0 0 2 0
4 Chi Pham 0 0 0 0 0
5 Robert Valdes 0 1 1 4 0
7 Neil Shah 1 2 3 0 0
8 Marc Irby 3 1 4 0 0
10 Brent Machado 1 0 1 2 0
12 Anthony Richelsen 0 1 1 0 0
15 Arie Stock 0 0 0 0 0
17 Vivek Pinto 1 0 1 2 1
19 Benjamin Sumner 0 0 0 0 0
51 Joseph Ponzetti 0 1 1 0 0

 

Other facts
Referee
James Novak, Matt BedicsScorekeeper
Melissa Mumma
Vivek Pinto and his son, Victor.
After Bob Valdes was caught taking a selfie with the trophy, we took a regular photo for him.
Ben Sumner and Don Marks have won 7 ice championships, 3 roller, and one ball hockey championship together since 2002.