In the longest season in their history, the Screaming Squirrels won the Bronze 2b championship Wednesday, skating to a 6-2 victory against the third-seeded 2intheBox.
Bob Valdes got the scoring started after whacking at the puck a few times in the first period. A couple of minutes later, Don Marks floated a shot from the point past the 2intheBox goaltender. But, 2intheBox scored the next two, including one in the last minute of the first period.
Though both Brent Machado and “Good” Ben Avara each scored in the second period – Machado’s being a pass that bounced in off of the goaltender – the Squirrels took five consecutive penalties, including three in the last few minutes which forced them to kill off an elongated 5-on-3.
But the Squirrels killed those penalties, then got a few power plays in the third period. Vivek Pinto scored on one of them as he stuffed in a shot, and Dave Chung scored on the empty net to seal the win.
It was the ninth overall ice championship for the Squirrels, and first since 2018.
|The Gardens IH – Patrick Wed, May 25, 2022 at 8:30pm|
|Screaming Squirrels 6||2intheBOX Tier2 2|
|Scoring||Shots on Goal|
Screaming Squirrels 23
2intheBOX Tier2 10
|Screaming Squirrels – Robert Valdes (Ben Avara, Michael Bartock) , 4:57|
|Screaming Squirrels – Donald Marks (Vivek Pinto) , 6:11|
|2intheBOX Tier2 – Anthony Lemonnier (Jake Powers) , 12:42|
|2intheBOX Tier2 – Chris Wautel (Michael Crosby) , 14:24|
|Screaming Squirrels – Brent Machado (unassisted) , 1:32|
|Screaming Squirrels – Ben Avara (Mario Constantinou) , 8:58|
|Screaming Squirrels – Vivek Pinto (power play) (unassisted) , 3:13|
|Screaming Squirrels – David Chung (empty net) (Donald Marks, Vivek Pinto) , 13:28|
|Screaming Squirrels – Michael Bartock (High Sticking), 2 min , 7:12|
|2intheBOX Tier2 – Aaron Wyant (Interference), 2 min , 8:01|
|Screaming Squirrels – Robert Valdes (Holding), 2 min , 9:20|
|2intheBOX Tier2 – Peter Kivett (Hooking), 2 min , 3:22|
|Screaming Squirrels – David Chung (Roughing), 2 min , 4:39|
|Screaming Squirrels – Michael Bartock (Roughing), 2 min , 5:48|
|Screaming Squirrels – Neil Shah (High Sticking), 2 min , 12:53|
|Screaming Squirrels – Brent Machado (Body Checking), 2 min , 13:42|
|Screaming Squirrels – Anthony Richelsen (Interference), 2 min , 14:07|
|2intheBOX Tier2 – Karen Hudson (Slashing), 2 min , 0:00|
|2intheBOX Tier2 – Megan Shoai (Cross Checking), 2 min , 2:10|
|2intheBOX Tier2 – Tyler Stone (Tripping), 2 min , 9:38|
|2intheBOX Tier2 – Aaron Wyant (Tripping), 2 min , 14:07|
|Screaming Squirrels||2intheBOX Tier2|
Brad Boarman, William HameleScorekeeper