With just six skaters and an injured goalie, the Squirrels skated to an improbable 9-8 shootout victory against the lowly Booz Allen Hamilton squad, who even had a sub goaltender from the higher levels.
With goalie Torrey Pocock nursing a sore shoulder, the Squirrels couldn’t find a sub, nor a seventh player for that matter. That made the win even sweeter. They started off quickly, as Jon Danziger and Ben Sumner gave the Squirrels a 2-0 lead in the first four minutes.
At 2-1 in the second, Sumner scored again but BAH soon scored 4 unanswered goals for a 5-3 lead. The Squirrels called time out for a much needed break. After that, it took Danziger and Vivek Pinto 9 seconds to score twice, which tied the game going into the third period.
Chi Pham scored, and then Sumner scored on a breakaway in the first five minutes of the final frame to give the Squirrels a two goal lead. Then BAH turned it on, scoring three straight to take an 8-7 lead with just a couple of minutes remaining. Desperate for a goal, the Squirrels got one, as Pinto’s effort tied the game.
The last minute was a scramble, as a tired Squirrels team held off BAH to send the game into a shootout.
The Squirrels are good at those. Pinto scored 5-hole and Danziger scored with the pull-back-and-lift, while Pocock kept 2-of-3 shots out of the net.
This being final game of the regular season, the game meant absolutely nothing in the standings, as the Squirrels already locked up the fifth seed and will play the Howard County Heat in the first round of the playoffs next week.
|The Gardens IH – Logsdon Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 8:57pm|
|Squirrels 9||Booz Allen Hamilton 8|
|Scoring||Shots on Goal|
Booz Allen Hamilton 33
|Squirrels – Jonathan Danziger (Chi Pham, Torrey Pocock) , 1:42|
|Squirrels – Benjamin Sumner (Jonathan Danziger, Alexander Kozen) , 3:14|
|Booz Allen Hamilton – Nick Wetzel (unassisted) , 4:20|
|Squirrels – Benjamin Sumner (Jonathan Danziger) , 0:36|
|Booz Allen Hamilton – Jeffrey Wong (Matt Powers, Nick Wetzel) , 1:35|
|Booz Allen Hamilton – Andrew Bolka (Erik Davis, Nick Wetzel) , 5:39|
|Booz Allen Hamilton – Matt Powers (Nick Wetzel, Erik Davis) , 9:42|
|Booz Allen Hamilton – Matt Powers (Nick Wetzel) , 10:56|
|Squirrels – Jonathan Danziger (Doug Winters) , 12:19|
|Squirrels – Vivek Pinto (Benjamin Sumner) , 12:28|
|Squirrels – Chi Pham (Vivek Pinto) , 3:19|
|Squirrels – Benjamin Sumner (Vivek Pinto) , 5:46|
|Booz Allen Hamilton – Matt Powers (Erik Davis) , 7:40|
|Booz Allen Hamilton – Andrew Bolka (Nick Wetzel) , 8:47|
|Booz Allen Hamilton – Erik Davis (Jeffrey Wong) , 12:50|
|Squirrels – Vivek Pinto (unassisted) , 13:56|
|Squirrels – Jonathan Danziger (unassisted) , 0:01|
|Squirrels||Booz Allen Hamilton|
|TOTALS: 2||TOTALS: 1|
|Booz Allen Hamilton – Erik Davis (Hooking), 2 min , 5:56|
|Booz Allen Hamilton – Parke Brewer Jr (Hooking), 2 min , 13:56|
|Screaming Squirrels||Booz Allen Hamilton|
Michael Miller, Didier DevynckScorekeeper