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|
|Scoring||Shots on Goal|
The Whalers 17
Screaming Squirrels 22
|Screaming Squirrels – Neil Shah (Joseph Ponzetti) , 7:07|
|Screaming Squirrels – Vivek Pinto (Robert Valdes) , 9:44|
|Screaming Squirrels – Brent Machado (Marc Irby) , 12:25|
|The Whalers – Eric Ritz (short handed) (unassisted) , 5:48|
|Screaming Squirrels – Marc Irby (Neil Shah) , 14:38|
|Screaming Squirrels – Marc Irby (unassisted) , 4:10|
|Screaming Squirrels – Marc Irby (Neil Shah, Anthony Richelsen) , 9:35|
|The Whalers – Joey Goldberg (Tripping), 2 min , 8:19|
|Screaming Squirrels – Donald Marks (Interference), 2 min , 10:38|
|The Whalers – Kevin Holt (Tripping), 2 min , 10:53|
|Screaming Squirrels – Robert Valdes (Hooking), 2 min , 2:06|
|The Whalers – Joey Goldberg (Tripping), 2 min , 4:12|
|Screaming Squirrels – Vivek Pinto (Hooking), 2 min , 9:47|
|Screaming Squirrels – Brent Machado (Hooking), 2 min , 0:56|
|Screaming Squirrels – Robert Valdes (Interference), 2 min , 5:53|
|The Whalers – Justin Kadesch (Holding), 2 min , 13:51|
|The Whalers||Screaming Squirrels|
James Novak, Matt BedicsScorekeeper