2004 Beginner Ice League

Summer Ice Season Ends, Fall Season to Begin Soon

Philip Van der Vossen


After starting the season 6-0, the Screaming Squirrels Ice team was moved up to the C division in the summer season of HNA. Including last night’s defeat to the Homerhawks, the Squirrels finished the season with three consecutive losses and find themselves on the outside looking in for the playoffs.

While disappointed in the results of the summer, we can now turn our attention towards the fall season, and look forward to being competitive in our new division. The season will begin towards the end of October, with a schedule to be released shortly. Our jerseys should also be in this week, so look back soon for photos of our new road uniforms.

Ice Squirrels moved up to C Level

Philip Van der Vossen


The Ice Squirrels are playing so well this summer, 6-0 and +40 goal differential, that they have been moved up to the C Division. The revised schedule has been posted on the webpage. Congratulations to the Ice Team for the promotion. Keep up the hustle!

Official word from the league : “We had to move two teams to different levels, as they were obviously misplaced. The Squirrels will be moving up from D level to C level after they play the Stingrays. Only their games in their new level will count in the standings, although the league website may show them all as counting. To determine their real position in the standings, we will convert their record to a winning percentage and then determine their position relative to the teams in their new division. If you have any questions about this, please let me know, but we have done this before when teams have been misplaced and it has worked out fine. ”

Summer Ice Season Begins

Ben Sumner


The Summer Ice Season is upon us, and we have already recorded our first victory. The webpage has been updated to include the information on the Summer season. More games will be added to the schedule once we receive them from the league.

The Screaming Squirrels would like to welcome two new members, who will skate on the ice with us this summer. Joseph Wu, who once broke his ankle subbing for us in Rockville, and Wade Marks, brother of longtime Squirrels defenseman Don, are now on the roster. With their help, we hope to bring home another ice championship.

Squirrels Win Ice Championship

Ben Sumner


The Screaming Squirrels completed their first undefeated season (10-0) Tuesday night with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over the Ice Men. The Squirrels got off to a slow start, giving up an early goal and trailing most of the first period. A goal with less than a minute remaining in the first turned the momentum, and a second period goal put the Squirrels ahead for good. The Ice Men made one final run on a power play at the end, but the Squirrels killed it off and brought home the 2004 Hockey North America Beginner League trophy.

Squirrels win 2 games at the same time

Ben Sumner

The Screaming Squirrels set a team milestone Tuesday, April 27, as both the ice and roller team won at the same time. With both rosters significantly shortened, the roller team dominated in a 4-1 victory over last year’s rival, the 5 Holes. Meanwhile, the ice team completed its undefeated regular season (8-0) with an 8-5 win against the Ice Devils. Special praise goes to Don Marks and Chris Long. Immediately after the roller game ended, they sped around the beltway to play the second half of the ice game. Two games, two different venues, two different surfaces, two different skates, two victories.

Next week we have 3 games within 3 nights. The Roller team plays Tuesday and Thursday, while the Ice team begins the Playoffs on Wednesday. Go Squirrels!

Squirrels Start the Ice Season 3-0

Philip Van der Vossen


The Screaming Squirrels have finally begun our Ice Season, and have stormed out of the gate with a 3-0 record. Our most recent victory came last night against the Ice Men. Greg Wenograd scored the first ever Hat Trick for the Ice Team, enroute to the 6-1 victory. All statistics on the webpage are updated immediately after each game and should always reflect our current record and scoring leaders. Our next game isn’t until Saturday March 27th at 1:45 PM against the Bulldogs. Hopefully the reasonable time of the game will make it a prime opportunity to get the Squirrels fanclub out there to cheer us on.

Captain and Alternates Named for HNA Ice Season

Philip Van der Vossen


The Screaming Squirrels have named Philip Van der Vossen as Captain of the Ice Team for the HNA Beginner Season. Jon Magi has been named the Defensive Alternate Captain, and Ben Sumner has been named the Offensive Alternate Captain. All three will work together to organize the team, and lines for our season, which begins on Tuesday.

Ed Bager remains the Captain of the Roller Team, with Rob Myers and Matt Borlik serving as Alternate Captains. Ed is currently working on organizing our Roster to register for the next Roller season which will begin in mid-April. We look forward to defending our Championship in The Gardens Icehouse Adult Weeknight League.

Caps vs. Red Wings – Team Outing

Philip Van der Vossen


Last night, the Screaming Squirrels attended the Washington Capitals versus Detroit Red Wings game. Even though the Wings won, I think we all had a good time. There were 16 of us total, enough to qualify for group pricing and a personalized message on the score boards during intermission. Sergio captured this shot with his digital camera.

Pre-2004 History

History of the Screaming Squirrels

In the summer of 2001, a group of guys (and one girl), signed up for Sunday roller hockey, level C, at the Gardens Ice House. The league promptly scheduled us for Thursdays with only three other teams, one of which – the Dragons – soundly beat us nearly every other week.

This team, with no experience playing together, became Recreational Hazard. We only won one game that season, despite picking up a couple of guys from the Berwyn Heights outdoor rink, where many of us played pickup on Sunday mornings. It was a highly disappointing summer, but the core of us remained

In the fall and winter of 2001/2002, we joined the Rockville Roller Hockey League. Strong-armed by our Jersey teammates, the team became the Devils, despite the objections of the Capitals fans (now, we’re a mixture of Red Wings, Devils, and Caps fans). We played another two lackluster seasons in Rockville, but picked up a few new players and brought them back to Laurel.

In the summer of 2002, we returned to the Gardens Ice House. We had played three sessions together, and had yet to produce a team that could consistently win. However, we were far more comfortable playing together than before. The team was much improved during the summer of 2002, but we were still falling behind our own expectations. After taking the winter off, the team regrouped in the spring of 2003. With the non-Jersey members sick of our team name, we decided to vote for a new one. Of course, most of the
submissions received thumbs-down, but “Screaming Squirrels” was one of the few that didn’t (not that it received many ‘yes’ votes, either).

A new logo was designed, and we ordered the first batch of jerseys, which arrived several weeks into the regular season. We attribute our initial victories to confusing our opponents by wearing red Devils jerseys while calling ourselves the Squirrels.

The season was a great success despite injuries to a few key players. In first place going into the playoffs, the Squirrels were poised to win their first championship. After cruising through the first two rounds, the team made it to the finals, where they faced the Hurricanes in a best-of-three series. The Squirrels ran away with Game 1, but the Hurricanes regrouped and narrowly won Game 2. That set the stage for Game 3.

It never happened. Hurricane Isabel ripped through the region, knocking power out of the Gardens Ice House for several days. The league cancelled the final game, and officially named us co-champions with the Hurricanes. This was despite the fact that we outscored them in the series, and had a better overall record.

Though we were all disappointed that we couldn’t play that final game, we literally went from worst-to-first. Now, the team has joined Hockey North America’s beginner ice hockey league, and has picked up 10 new members. With practice and patience, this branch of the team, too, will rise to the top. Maybe even to level B.

#19 Ben Sumner, Feb., 2004