Bad Penalties, and Penalty Kill Dooms Squirrels

The combination of taking bad penalties and failing to kill them put the Squirrels in a hole Sunday in Columbia, and they fell to the Bulldogs, 4-3, despite having twice as many shots.

Down 3-0 midway through the second period, the Squirrels put on a furious comeback, scoring three times in only a matter of minutes. It began with a deep zone turnover. Philip Van der Vossen collected a puck in the right corner, sent it to the point, where Don Marks skated in and slammed it home to get the Squirrels on the board. On the next shift, Matt Borlik knocked in a rebound off the goaltender from behind the goal-line After the face-off, the Squirrels marched it into the zone and passed it around before Marks, with a beautiful series of moves, netted another slap shot. Then the period ended, as did the Squirrels’ momentum. The third period yielded one goal on the Bulldog’s power play, and despite a late flurry, the Squirrels couldn’t recover. The Squirrels finished with 24 shots on goal while holding the Bulldogs to 12.

Don Marks celebrates after his 2nd goal. The final score and teams exchange handshakes. Jared Genser, Joseph Wu, Jon Magi and Chi Pham missed the game for the Squirrels. The next game is Sunday, March 6, at 10:30 p.m. in Rockville against the Stingrays. The Squirrels are 2-0 lifetime against them.

Roller Squirrels Add Two to Roster

With the roller season coming up and two roster spots available, the Screaming Squirrels recruited two new players.

Jeff Ford comes to the Squirrels from the Wolf Pack, a one-time B league team that was demoted to C midway through the 2003 season. He led them in scoring and was one of the top scorers in the league. The Squirrels are 4-0 against the Wolf Pack – often blowing them out – but are happy nonetheless to be adding another sharpshooter to the roster. “He is the same size as me but less fat,” says defenseman Desi Richelson, who recruited Ford. Outside of hockey, Ford is the lead guitar player for the band Yoko Says No, and has a degree in chemical engineering from Penn State.

Tony Richelson, younger brother of Desi, is also joining the team. He is a veteran of the Montgomery Midget league and played three years for the Good Councel Falcons in high school. He quit for a few years, and recently decided to return. “He is speedy and shifty,” Desi says. He will probably be playing defense.

Ford and Richelson will replace longtime Squirrel/Devil Andrew Lutzky and roller/ice speedster Juan Canchasto. Both Lutzky and Canchasto will still be on the roller roster as substitutes, providing depth that the Squirrels lacked during stretches of games last summer. Canchasto is expected to be returning to the ice team for the fall/winter season, if not sooner. Lutzky is expected to be playing Sunday morning pickup at New Carrolton with regulars Ed Bager, Kit Watson, Ben Sumner and Philip Van Der Vossen.

“Less Talented Rodents” Swat Bugs Again

The Screaming Squirrels had two goals disallowed Sunday, and still skated away with a 6-3 victory against the Green Hornets at Wheaton Outdoor. The Squirrels are now 3-0 lifetime against the Hornets, who find themselves on the outside looking in on the playoffs.

Matt Borlik scored the first two for the Squirrels, but what would have been a natural hat-trick was taken away because of a crease violation. Chi Pham then put the Squirrels up 3-0 before Borlik scored again. Pham, who had an exceptional game on defense, scored once more and also assisted on Wade Marks’s goal. Marks also added two assists, as did Sergio Balatan. Every line spent significant amounts of time in the Hornets’ zone, often making it look like a power play. Jared Genser, Jon Magi and Joe Wu missed the game for the Squirrels, as did Juan Canchasto, who was celebrating his 22nd birthday. The next game is Sunday, Feb. 27, 9:40 p.m. at the Columbia rink against the Baltimore Bulldogs.

Registration for Summer Leagues is Now Open

The Screaming Squirrels are now puttting together their rosters for the Summer Hockey Seasons. We have decided to play both Ice and Roller at the Gardens Ice House this summer.

Ice registration is due by March 11th. with Practice sessions beginning April 17th. The season will begin on April 20th. We will play all Spring and Summer long with 19 regular season games. Playoffs will begin on August 24th, and the season should be finished by September 1st. Blackout dates for games include all Fridays and Saturdays, 5/8, 5/29, 5/30, 7/3, and 7/4. Chris Long and Matt Borlik will be handling registration for the Summer Ice team.

Roller registration is due by March 4th. with Practice sessions beginning April 4th. The season will begin on April 11th. We will play all Spring and Summer long with 19 regular season games. Playoffs will begin on August 22nd, and the season should be finished by September 1st. Blackout dates for games include all Fridays, Mondays from 6/6 to 8/22, 5/30, and 7/4. Ed Bager will be handling registration for the Roller team.