2006-07 Ice Season

Squirrels Buzzed in Heinekin Tournament

Ben Sumner


The Screaming Squirrels, along with players from Panic and HNA’s Vipers, finished 0-1-2 in the Heineken ice tournament Friday and Saturday, despite a moral victory in the final game.

The Squirrels lost 7-2 in the first game to the White Caps. They tied the Larry’s 1-1 in the second game, which they felt they should have won. Then they played Brew Pub, who had beaten the White Caps 3-0 and beaten the Larry’s 8-0. Brew Pub took the lead early and appeared to me on the verge of running away with the game, but the Squirrels won the second period and tied the game at 3-3. Then Brew Pub took over in the third period, and eventually won 9-4. However, Brew Pub was furious that they had given up four goals.

The players enjoyed the tournament and are looking forwad to playing in it again.

Squirrels Enter Heineken Ice Tournament

Ben Sumner


The Screaming Squirrels are partnering with skaters from HNA’s Vipers and Laurel’s Panic to play in the Chesapeake Bay Adult Hockey Tournament at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel on April 13-15. They will play a minimum of three games.

Squirrels Exit First

Ben Sumner


The Screaming Squirrels’ hopes of a second consecutive ice championship ended abruptly Wednesday as they fell in the first round playoff game, 6-3, to Exit First.

Down 1-0 midway through the first period, Wade Marks tied the game a few minutes later at 1-1. Then Marks gave the Squirrels the lead in the second period, which the Squirrels held for more than 10 minutes. Then, with 8 seconds to go in the period, Exit First got a breakaway and tied the game at 2-2.

Then came the third period, and the Squirrels fell apart. Exit First scored three goals in four minutes for a 5-2 lead. Rob Myers scored for the Squirrels to cut the score to 5-3, but Exit First got an empty-netter with a minute remaining.

The Squirrels took no penalties, outshot Exit First 30-28, but were 0-4 on the power play. The Squirrels were without regulars Desi Richelsen, Matt Borlik, Phil Van der Vossen and Don Marks.

The Squirrels will now break for the summer. Several will be playing on the roller squad, and several will be playing ice for other teams. The Squirrels expect to be back for the winter league.

Squirrels to Play Exit First in Playoffs Tuesday

Ben Sumner


The first round of the playoffs is set for the Squirrels. They will play Exit First, a team they split victories with this season. The Squirrels finished in 5th place, and avoided 6th after Gnu lost to the Nordiques, 7-1, Sunday. The playoff game is at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Patrick rink.

Squirrels Gear Up for Playoffs

Ben Sumner


In desperate need of a win, instead of just a moral victory, the Screaming Squirrels beat up on the Mighty Old Ducks on Wednesday with a 6-0 victory.

Matt Borlik got the scoring started a couple of minutes into the game, then Brent Machado got a power play goal and Greg Wenograd got one to put the Squirrels up 3-0. The Squirrels killed off four minor penalties – including a 5 on 3 – in the period before Machado scored his second with two minutes to go.

After an uneventful second period, Wenograd scored his second of the game at 11:55 of the third period, and Borlik scored his second of the game with 6:23 remaining.

A bit of unruliness broke out with :19 to go in the game, leading to Desi Richelsen’s one-game suspension for excessive penalties.

The Squirrels now head to the playoffs to defend their championship, and will finish in either 5th or 6th place depending on the outcome of the Gnu-Nordiques game on Sunday. If Gnu wins or ties, the Squirrels will play on Wednesday, otherwise they will play Tuesday.

Squirrels Rally to Tie Fire

Ben Sumner


The Squirrels put together their best comeback of the season Sunday, scoring four goals in the third period to earn a 5-5 draw against D.C. Fire.

The Squirrels were down 3-0 in the first two periods before Desi Richelsen’s individual scoring effort in the second period gave life back to the Squirrels. D.C. Fire scored again to go up 4-1 in the third period. Then the Squirrels woke up, as Greg Wenograd, Brent Machado and Tony Richelsen scored to tie the game, 4-4. Then D.C. Fire took the lead again late in the third period, but it didn’t hold as Machado scored his second of the game.

The Squirrels had a chance to win the game late in the third – while killing a two-man advantage. Tony Richelsen’s pressure led to a scoring opportunity, but the puck sailed wide. Fortunately, the Squirrels killed off the rest of the game with two men in the box and the Fire’s goaltender pulled.

Machado, the Richelsens, Wenograd, Matt Borlik, Ben Sumner, Phil Van der Vossen, Jon Magi, Charles Wolstein and Brian Jackson played for the Squirrels, with Drew Thiemann in net. The Squirrels were listed as putting up 19 shots on goal in the third period, while only having six in each of the first two. The Squirrels outshot Fire, 31-28.

The last game of the regular season is Wednesday, at 9:30 p.m. against the Mighty Old Ducks.

Squirrels, Vikings Tie

Ben Sumner


Playing against the top team in the league Sunday, the Screaming Squirrels knew they would have to at the very least shut down two players on the Vikings who not only are too good for the C division, but don’t even wear the same jersey as the rest of the team. The Squirrels succeeded just enough to earn a 3-3 tie.

Brent Machado got the scoring started at 13:48 of the first, but then one of the Vikings’ ringers skated around everyone and got a goal, and the score was tied after the first period.

In the second period, the Squirrels got goals from Ben Sumner and Rob Myers to go up 3-1, but a neutral-zone turnover cost the Squirrels soon after as the Vikings cut the score to 3-2.

The Squirrels had a golden opportunity in the third period with several power plays, including one that lasted four minutes, but instead yielded a shorthanded goal, and the score stood at 3-3.

Drew Thiemann made 25 saves in net as the Squirrels put up 29 shots. Sumner, Myers, Machado, Matt Borlik, Desi Richelsen, Tony Richelsen, Charles Wolstein, Greg Wenograd, Paul Kobernick and Brian Jackson played for the Squirrels.

The next game is Sunday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. against D.C. Fire.

Exit First Nips Squirrels

Ben Sumner


A couple of turnovers ultimately cost the Squirrels on Sunday as they fell 2-1 to Exit First.

The Squirrels went down 1-0 in the first period after giving up the puck in the neutral zone during a defensive line change, allowing an Exit First player to skate in unchallenged. Exit first went up 2-0 in the second period with a short-handed goal after two turnovers. The Squirrels cut the lead to 2-1 as Chi Pham took the puck almost coast-to-coast and shot it in for his first goal of the season. But that was all the Squirrels could achieve, despite outshooting Exit First 23-19.

Ben Sumner, Tony Richelsen, Phil Van der Vossen, Matt Borlik, Brent Machado, Rob Myers, Charles Wolstein, Desi Richelsen, Brian Jackson, and Pham played for the Squirrels, with Brian Rimm in net. The next game is Sunday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. against the Vikings.

Bager Leaves Squirrels

Ben Sumner


You’ve heard him whine. You’ve heard him complain. You’ve heard him talk about Michigan State when no one else in the room even cared. You’ve also seen him hit the goalie in the chest pad a million times and miss on breakaways. And you most certainly haven’t seen him use a backhand shot.

But you’ve also seen him lead the Squirrels to a winning record for every season he’s been on the roster, three of which were championships.

Ed Bager, who is leaving the Squirrels for the hockey-crazy and tobacky-chewin’ state of North Carolina, has played for the Devils/Squirrels since 2002. In 2001, as a member of the Dragons, Bager frequently participated in blowouts against the team when it was known as Recreational Hazzard. In 2002, that team he helped beat, then known as the Devils, recruited Bager as he regularly showed up at Sunday pickup. Since then, not only did he lead the team to winning records and championships, he also recruited players such as Kit Watson and Matt Borlik.

During six seasons in a Squirrels’ jersey (not counting the Devils), Bager compiled 56 goals and 72 assists. He led the roller team in scoring in 2004, and currently leads the ice team with 25 points. He registered a goal and two assists in his final game against Scurvy, a 6-3 victory. After the game, the team piled on.

The team will miss his bottomless pit of energy, scoring touch, the Miller Lite he always brings, his Bethesda house parties, and quite a few other things. No. 14, you will be missed.

Squirrels Run Down Scurvy

Ed Bager


The Squirrels entered Wed. night’s contest looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Greg Wenograd put the Squirrels on the board first, but Scurvy answered back shortly after as the teams skated to 1-1 1st period tie.

The Squirrels regained the lead with a power play tally by Desi Richelsen as he skated past several would-be defenders and blasted a shot over the left shoulder of a hapless Scurvy net minder. Not to be outdone, Richelsen’s younger brother Tony scored shortly afterward with a nifty breakaway goal, squeezing the puck just past the goalie’s short side. Later, playing from behind his own net, Chi Pham found a blazing Ed Bager down the middle of the ice for a perfect breakaway feed, which Bager promptly canned after a second whack of the puck as the 2nd period closed with the Squirrels comfortably up 4-1.

Scurvy pulled to within two goals twice but another tally from Wenograd off a turnover and a late goal from Matt Borlik sealed the deal for the Squirrels, 6-3. Drew Thiemann was stellar in net and the Squirrels out shot Scurvy, 34-19. Squirrels missing in action; Ben Sumner, Sergio Balatan, Phil Van der Vossen, Paul Kobernick, Brian Jackson, Donnie and Wade Marks.

On an unrelated note, Desi Richelsen and half the Squirrels came out of the closest shortly after the game as Richelsen led a gang rape of team leading scorer Ed Bager at center ice. Due to the incident Bager will no longer be on the Squirrels active roster.

Nords Outlast Squirrels

Ed Bager


In a rare Sat. night game, the Squirrels looked to re-gain their winning form against the Nordiques. The Nords however had different plans, after falling behind 1-0 on Brent Machado’s first period goal, the Nords scored the next two in the 2nd to take 2-1 lead deep into the 3rd period. The Squirrels evened things up at 2-2 apiece when Tony Richelsen poked in a shot off a feed from Ed Bager. Unfortunately that would be all the scoring for the Squirrels as the Nords knocked in the game winner shortly after and added an insurance goal late to seal the 4-2 win.

The Squirrels, played without Drew Thiemann, Ben Sumner, Greg Wenograd, Chris Long, Sergio Balatan, Jon Magi, Paul Kobernick, Rob Myers and Chi Pham. Brian Rimm subbed in net. The Squirrels’ next contest is Wed. Feb. 21st 10:25 against Scurvy.

Squirrels Grounded Again

Ben Sumner


The second game of the season against Southwest Airlines resembled the first one for the Squirrels, but this time instead of falling 3-1 they fell 5-1.

Despite being outshot only by two (28-26), the Squirrels couldn’t get any breaks and Soutwest Airlines capitalized off of Squirrels’ mistakes. Ed Bager scored the only goal for the Squirrels.

Drew Thiemann, Brent Machado, Paul Kobernick, Charles Wolstein, Greg Wenograd, Tony Richelsen, Chris Long, Bager, Ben Sumner, Desi Richelsen and Jon Magi played for the Squirrels.

The next game is Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8:55 p.m. against the Nordiques.

Hughes Leaves Squirrels, Becomes Mouseketeer

Ben Sumner


Longtime ice Squirrel Adam Hughes played his final game for the team Sunday, and will now head off to the California to work for Disney.

Hughes, a player picked up during the inaugural ice season, played six sessions for the Squirrels, helping them win two championships.

Squirrels Squeak by Meltdown

Ben Sumner


The Squirrels were scratching their heads Sunday, wondering why a 35-13 shot advantage only translated into a 3-1 come-from-behind victory against a team that is second-to-last in the standings.

Outplaying, outshooting, and outhustling Meltdown was barely enough. After a scoreless first period, Meltdown got on the board first with a powerplay goal at 13:47. A few minutes later, the Squirrels finally scored on a shot by Greg Wenograd. The 1-1 tie lasted most of the second period before Chris Long knocked in Ed Bager’s pass to give the Squirrels the lead with 1:45 remaining in the second period. 27 seconds later, Ben Sumner sent a pass to Rob Myers, who got the puck past the goaltender for a 3-1 lead. The score stood for the rest of the game.

The Squirrels played without Chi Pham, Don Marks, and Sergio Balatan, and found themselves with 12 forwards and 4 defensemen before shifting back Wade Marks and Tony Richelsen.

The next game is Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 10:25 p.m. against Southwest Airlines.

Squirrels Notes: Defenseman Desmond Richelsen recently got engaged to Squirrel superfan, Trisha.

Squirrels Annihilate Dead Kings

Ben Sumner


The Squirrels and Dead Kings hadn’t played each other since July 10, 2005. That summer, the Dead Kings took four games from the Squirrels. A year and a half later, the Squirrels got a bit of revenge with a game that was nearly over with six minutes to go in the second period. Instead, the Dead Kings didn’t allow the Squirrels to get the 10-goal lead until 2:21 of the third period, when the Squirrels ended it at 11-1.

Tony Richelsen and Rob Myers each had three goals, Ed Bager and Brent Machado had two, and Greg Wenograd notched one for the Squirrels. Myers also had three assists. The seventh goal was scored 8:46 in the second period to start the running clock. The Squirrels outshot the Dead Kings, 31-10.

The Squirrels played without Don Marks, Wade Marks, Chi Pham, Brian Jackson, Paul Kobernick, Sergio Balatan, Adam Hughes and Phil Van der Vossen.

The next game is Sunday, Jan. 28, at 8:55 p.m. against Meltdown.

Gnu Holds Off Squirrels

Ben Sumner


The Screaming Squirrels failed to shut down a single player on Gnu on Friday, and that was the difference in a 3-2 loss to the first-place team.

The game started out fine for the Squirrels, as Brent Machado scored on the first shift of the game. Then No. 25, Norman Hayes, took over, scoring on the power play in the second period, and then a shorthanded goal and an even-strength goal in the third, all by skating far faster than everyone else on the ice. The Squirrels dominated the zone much of the game and had many quality scoring opportunities, but missed wide-open nets by inches. Rob Myers pulled the Squirrels within a goal late in the third, and a late flurry led to several shots but Gnu escaped with the win.

Goaltender Drew Thiemann made 24 saves for the Squirrels, who put up 32 shots. Don Marks, Phil Van der Vossen, Adam Hughes, Chris Long, Sergio Balatan, Chi Pham, and Greg Wenograd missed the game.

The next game is Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 10:30 p.m. against the Dead Kings.


Squirrels Do It Again

Ben Sumner


The Squirrels had this one circled on their calendar. Desi Richelsen marked the occasion by taping a Squirrels’ ôWatch Your Nutsö poster on the locker room door. The last times these teams met, it ended with top-ranked Dog Star falling 2-1 to the third-ranked Squirrels in the championship game, back in April. This time, there was a bit more offense, and the Squirrels prevailed yet again with a 5-4 victory.

The game didn’t start out well, however, as the Squirrels spotted Dog Star two first-period goals. But the Squirrels exploded for five goals in the second period, including four in a row. Adam Hughes brought the Squirrels back into the game with a point-blank shot in front of the net on a pass from Ben Sumner. When Desi Richelsen found himself on the breakaway, he pushed the puck far in front of him in an effort to draw the goaltender out, but that didn’t work so he instead shot it through the 5-hole. ôI don’t know how that squeezed in,ö Richelsen said. Rob Myers found Ed Bager in front of the net, and Bager whacked in the puck to give the Squirrels a 3-2 lead. Then Tony Richelsen sent a high floater over the goaltender’s shoulder. Dog Star then got a goal, but Chris Long scored on a power play to go up 5-3.

In the third period, Dog Star cut the lead to 5-4 but the Squirrels held on for the rest of the period. With just a few seconds to go, goaltender Drew Thiemann made a save on a Dog Star fast break to preserve the victory.

Adam Hughes, Ed Bager, Desi Richelsen, Chris Long, and Tony Richelsen scored for the Squirrels.

The game featured seven minor penalties on the Squirrels, while Dog Star took nine minors, two misconducts and one game misconduct. Twice Dog Star took penalties while already playing with three skaters, leading to a bit of confusion with the penalty timekeeping.

The Squirrels played without Matt Borlik, Don Marks, Wade Marks, Paul Kobernick, and Sergio Balatan.

The next game is Friday, Jan. 19, at 9:45 p.m. against first-place Gnu in Logsdon.

Quote of the game: öThey needed stadium seating in their penalty boxö — Desi Richelsen

Squirrels Notes: Longtime ice teammate Adam Hughes announced that he will be leaving the area t the end of the month.

Magi New Ice Captain

Ben Sumner


The Squirrels on Thursday voted longtime teammate Jon Magi as the ice captain. Tony Richelsen and Matt Borlik were voted as alternates.

Squirrels Rout Ducks

Ben Sumner


Desperatly needing a victory going into the month-long break, the Squirrels clobbered the Mighty Old Ducks on Sunday, 9-2, in the teams’ first meeting ever.

Tony Richelsen had four goals, Rob Myers added two, and Ben Sumner, Brent Machado, and Matt Borlik each had one.

The Squirrels played without Drew Thiemann, Don Marks, Wade Marks, Sergio Balatan, Paul Kobernick, Chris Long, Greg Wenograd, Phil Van der Vossen and Brian Jackson. Brian Rimm played in net. No penalties were called in the game.

The next game is January 2, 2007, at 10:25 p.m. against Dog Star in the Resor rink. The Squirrels last met Dog Star back in April in the C-League championship game, which the Squirrels won, 2-1.

Squirrels Fall to Fire

Ben Sumner


The Squirrels gave up an uncharacteristic seven goals Thursday as the D.C. Fire came away with a 7-5 victory after six lead-changes.

The Squirrels got the scoring started in the first period as Ben Sumner centered to Brent Machado, who roofed a shot to give the Squirrels the lead. The Fire scored the next two goals, the second of which came on a power play.

In the second period, Tony Richelsen – playing defense – made several nifty moves into the zone but his shot sailed wide. The puck eventually came to Paul Kobernick, who swatted it home from the left side of the net. The Fire scored a minute later, then Ed Bager scored on a power play to tie the game again. The Squirrels took the lead middway through the second period on a very bizarre play. As the teams skated 4-on-4, Desi Richelsen shot the puck toward the goaltender from the Squirrels’ zone. The Fire’s goaltender then hit it to a defenseman, but the puck bounced off of him and went in. Unfortunately for the Squirrels, that lead didn’t hold, as the Fire scored a minute later on the power play, then on yet another power play with 42 seconds remaining in the period to retake the lead, 5-4.

Sumner scored at 10:10 of the third period to tie the game at 5-5, but the Fire scored the final two goals.

The Squirrels posted 29 shots on goal, including 16 in the final period, as the Fire shot 30.

The Squirrels played without Matt Borlik, Chi Pham, Wade Marks and Sergio Balatan. The next game is Sunday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 p.m. against the Mighty Old Ducks in the Patrick rink.

Vikings Plunder and Pillage Squirrels

Ed Bager


The Squirrels came into Wed. nights contest against the Vikings, riding a two game winning streak and proceeded to turn in one their worst and uninspired performances of the season falling 4-1.

The Squirrels lone highlight in a penalty filled affair was a 2nd period goal from Rob Myers assisted by Ed Bager and Chi Pham, cutting the Vikings lead 2-1.

That was as close as it would get as the Vikings added 2 more in the 3rd while the Squirrels failed to convert during a 5 on 3 advantage. Missing players included Sergio Balatan, Brian Jackson, Charles Wolstein, Adam Hughes and Ben Sumner, who missed his 2nd game in a row. The Squirrels are off for Thanksgiving break and return to action Nov. 30th at 9:55pm against DC Fire.

Squirrels Evict Exit First Reality

Ed Bager


The Squirrels came into Sunday’s game fresh off a 10-1 blowout win and picked up where the they left off with 5 first period goals. After spotting Exit First a 1-0 lead, Paul Kobernick got the Squirrels on the board with a shot beating the goalie to his left side. Sergio Balatan, making his season debut, picked up the assist. Three minutes later Ed Bager forced a turnover at the Squirrels blue line, tipping the pass forward to Matt Borlik for a pretty breakaway goal with a defenseman draped all over his back. From there, the flood gates opened, as Adam Hughes knocked in rebound, and Tony Richelsen and Chris Long each added a goal to close out the first period with Squirrels leading 5-1.

From there the game got sloppy as the second period featured 9 penalties, 6 for Exit First and 3 for the Squirrels. Exit First added a goal to close the gap to 5-2. The third period was more of the same as the two teams combined for 7 more penalties, 2 for Exit and 5 more for the Squirrels. Fortunately for the Squirrels it didn’t cost them as T. Richelsen added a power play goal and Drew Thiemann chipped in a tally (after giving up one) as the clock expired.

Goalie Brian Rimm, subbing for Thiemann in net, played brilliantly, stopping 19 shots while the Squirrels peppered Exit First with 26 shots total. The Squirrels played without Don Marks, Wade Marks, Chi Pham, Charles Wolstein, Greg Wenograd and Ben Sumner, who missed his first Squirrels game (ice and roller) in nearly three years. Cal Ripken Jr.’s streak is safe for now. The Squirrels next game is Wed. night, 10:25 against the Vikings.

Squirrels Dump Wrong Stuff

Ben Sumner


The Squirrels took it to The Wrong Stuff on Tuesday, winning 10-1 in a game that was only close for the first ten minutes.

The Squirrels played without Paul Kobernick, Sergio Balatan and Chi Pham.

The next game is Sunday, Nov. 12, at 4:10 p.m. against Exit First in the Logsdon rink.

Baby Marks Born

Ben Sumner

Albert Joseph Marks was born Friday, November 3, 2006, weighing in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Father Don and wife Jen are doing fine.

Scurvy Tops Squirrels

Ben Sumner


The Squirrels are aware that it’s not always the best idea to call a timeout when the faceoff is in the defensive zone. Saturday night, they found themselves in a situation in which they needed to… and it cost them.

With about three minutes left to go in the game, the Squirrels had just killed a two-man power play and found their lines in disarray as play continued for several minutes without a whistle. Scurvy won the faceoff, kept the puck in the zone and eventually scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory.

Back from Montana and playing his first game since 2005, Wade Marks scored at 8:04 of the first period to give the Squirrels the lead. Scurvy tied the game five minutes later and the 1-1 score stood for much of the game.

Drew Thiemann made 29 saves for the Squirrels, who posted 29 shots. The Squirrels played without Sergio Balatan, Ed Bager, Chris Long, Greg Wenograd, Phil Van der Vossen and Matt Borlik.

The next game is Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 10:30 p.m. against The Wrong Stuff.

Squirrels Score a Touchdown

Ben Sumner


Last season, the Squirrels and Nordiques played three very close games and went 1-1-1 against each other. Sunday, the Squirrels exploded for six third-period goals, winning 7-0 in their most lopsided ice victory since March.

Rob Myers scored at 12:33 of the first period on the power play, but the Squirrels spent much of the first frame on the penalty kill. The score held for nearly 30 minutes.

Then the third period started, and Brent Machado got his first goal as a Squirrel while shorthanded at 12:26. Myers scored again a minute later on the power play. A minute and a half later, Machado scored his second goal – also shorthanded – on a breakaway. Two and a half minutes later, Ed Bager scored on another power play. Tony Richelsen and Paul Kobernick scored the other two goals late in the game.

Backup goaltender Brian Rimm made 13 saves for the shutout, while the Squirrels posted 28 shots. Matt Borlik played his first game of the season. The Squirrels played without Drew Thiemann, Don Marks, Greg Wenograd, Chris Long and Sergio Balatan.

The next game is Saturday, November 4, at 10:45 p.m. against Scurvy.

Southwest Airlines Finally Beats Squirrels

Ben Sumner


After losing convincingly four times last season, Southwest Airlines took advantage of a short Squirrels bench Tuesday and came away with a 3-1 victory.

Paul Kobernick got the scoring started in the first period, getting his first goal as a member of the Squirrels. But Southwest Airlines scored three in a row during the next two periods, going into the third period with a up 3-1 lead. The Squirrels faced the same situation in the season opener Friday, but this time couldn’t get the offense going. They played with seven forwards, two short of a full line.

The Squirrels played without Matt Borlik, Sergio Balatan, Brian Jackson, Ed Bager, Rob Myers, Chi Pham and Phil Van der Vossen. It was the first ice loss for the Squirrels since Feb. 26, 2006, ending an eight-game winning streak.

The next game is Sunday, Oct. 22, at 6:25 p.m. against the Nordiques.

Roller Photos Posted

Ben Sumner


The photos that Jon Freilich took for the June 15, 2006 game are now available here. The Squirrels beat Storm, 8-0, led by Jeff Ford’s five goals.

Squirrels Open Season With Victory

Ben Sumner


Most of the Squirrels haven’t played a game of ice hockey since winning the championship back in early April, so it wasn’t a surprise that they got off to a slow start. And now that the league is aggressively enforcing stick penalties, it wasn’t a surprise the Squirrels spent a good portion of the game in the box. Despite that, their winning ways continued Friday with a come-from-behind victory against summer C-3 champs Meltdown, 4-3, in the Patrick rink.

The rust showed in the first period, however, as the Squirrels went down 2-0, giving up a power play goal and one off of a turnover.

At 6:10 of the second period, Don Marks got the team’s first goal of the season to cut Meltdown’s lead to 2-1. But Meldown struck again with 31 seconds remaining in the second period to go up 3-1.

That’s when the Squirrels’ rust wore off. Ten seconds into the third period, Adam Hughes flipped in a shot. Less than a minute later, Tony Richelsen scored. The score was suddenly 3-3.

While the Squirrels spent much of the first and second period killing penalties, Meltdown starting taking them in the third – five minors – and the Squirrels took advantage. Rob Myers capitalized on a two-man power play at 10:42 of the period to give the Squirrels the lead, and the score held the rest of the game.

Drew Thiemann made 26 saves for the Squirrels, who put up 35 shots, including 13 in the final period. The Squirrels played without Greg Wenograd, Sergio Balatan, Desi Richelsen, Jon Magi and Matt Borlik. The newest Squirrels, Brent Machado and Paul Kobernick, played their first game for the team.

The next game is Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 10:30 p.m. against Southwest Airlines in Resor.

Winter Ice Schedule Posted

Ben Sumner


The winter ice schedule has been posted on the schedule page. The Squirrels will defend their championship against a mixture of teams from last season, including Southwest Airlines, Nordiques, The Wrong Stuff, and Dog Star; teams from the summer of 2005 including the Vikings and Dead Kings; and teams they’ve never played before, like the Mighty Old Ducks, DC Fire, Exit First Really, Meltdown, Scurvy, and Gnu.

They will be playing seven Sundays, four Tuesdays, four Wednesdays, one Thursday, three Fridays, and one Saturday.

Machado Joins Squirrels

Ben Sumner


Brent Machado will be joining the Squirrels ice team. Machado grew up in Scaggsville and played hockey at the Columbia rink for a few years when he was younger. This past winter he started playing again and joined Blades of Steele with Squirrels forwards Matt Borlik and Chris Long. Machado is a Capitals fan and lives in Silver Spring,

Roller news: Enigma, who defeated the Squirrels 1-0 earlier in the week, defeated The 5 Holes, 3-1, to win the C league championship on Thursday.