Wade ‘Marks’ the Spot

Winger Wade Marks’ hat-trick saved the game for the Squirrels on Sunday night, as he netted the game winner in a 5-4 victory. The Squirrels outshot the Barbarians 46-11, dominated the offensive zone, yet didn’t seal the win until late in the game.

Marks got the scoring started by nailing in a rebound midway through the first period. Later, Chris Long scored shorthanded near the end of the Barbarians’ power play. With about a minute left in the period, one of the Barbarians covered the puck with his legs while lying in front of the net. Other Squirrels were calling for a whistle, but Philip Van der Vossen dug the puck from underneath the player and poked it past the goaltender.

The Barbarians managed to shut down the Squirrels in the second period and tied the game at 3, though the Squirrels continued to dominate in shots and possession. Early in the third, Marks scored his second of the game unassisted, but the Barbarians fought back and tied it up.

With about four minutes to go, Marks skated the puck into the zone and Matt Borlik followed. The forwards crossed, with Borlik drawing the defensemen, and Marks shot the puck in the top left corner, putting the Squirrels up for good.

Jared Genser also had a multi-point game with assists on Marks’ first goal and Van der Vossen’s. The Squirrels were missing Jon Magi, Joseph Wu and Robin Berlin. The next game is Sunday, March 20, 10 p.m. at Cabin John against the division-leading Panthers.

Pham’s Hat-Trick Downs Stingrays

Coming off a disappointing loss last week to a team in Division 5, the Screaming Squirrels needed to redeem themselves as they played another team from that division Sunday in Rockville. Defenseman Chi Pham almost single-handedly made that happen, scoring two unassisted goals in the first period and adding another in the third, spearheading a 5-2 victory against the Stingrays.

Chris Long also scored to put the team up 3-0 after one, but the Squirrels nearly lost the lead. The Stingrays scored two fastbreak goals, barely missed on a few other chances, and held the Squirrels scoreless in the second period.

Pham gave the Squirrels some breathing room in the third period, completing the hatrick and virtually locking up the game. Charles Wolstein later scored his first of the season from the blueline. Don Marks’ hard work at center set up the final two goals. The Squirrels finished with 36 shots on net, triple the total of the Stingrays.

Chi Pham before his hat-trick performance. The final scoreboard. The Squirrels skated without Greg Wenograd, Robin Berlin, Jon Magi, and Phil Van der Vossen, who attended the game and kept score. Van der Vossen hurt his knee while skiing last week, but expects to be back for next week’s game, Sunday at 6 p.m. in Wheaton against the Barbarians.

Forward Joseph Wu played his first game since October 21, when he tore his groin late in the game.

Photo Gallery: March 6, 2005

Magi Out, W. Marks In

Squirrels defenseman and veteran hockey player Jon Magi has opted for surgery to repair an ACL tear. He doesn’t expect to be playing until the fall ice season at the earliest, which means he’ll miss the summer roller and ice season. Magi has already missed the last several games, and the Squirrels dearly miss him out on the ice. He injured his knee while skiiing in Aspen during the first week of February.

The Squirrels have already found a replacement for him on the roller squad. Ice sniper Wade Marks will be joining the team, while also remaining on the ice roster. Wade is the brother of longtime Squirrels player Don Marks, and is currently the ice team’s co-leader in goals-scored with his brother.

The Squirrels now have two sets of brothers on the roller team, the Marks brothers, and the Richelsons, Desi and Tony.

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.