The Squirrels played a nail-biter against 2intheBox on Wednesday, locking up first place in the division with a 3-2 victory that felt like a playoff game.
The teams played scoreless for well more than half the game before 2intheBox finally got one through. But a few minutes later, Don Marks ricocheted a shot in on the power play, and the teams were tied at 1 going into the third period.
Then the Squirrels started taking penalties, including a too many men minor which left them at 5-on-3 for about a minute. After killing that off, however, Geoff Grek – who had just finished serving his minor – broke free and scored a short-handed goal to put the Squirrels up, 2-1. But 2intheBox scored just as another 5-on-3 ended, tying the game but ending the odd-man-advantages.
Shortly after, Ben Avara roofed a shot from the crease to put the Squirrels ahead 3-2, leading to a tense final eight-plus minutes, including a last-second collision in front of the Squirrels’ net that ruffled some feathers.
|The Gardens IH – Resor Wed, Aug 17, 2022 at 10:18pm|
|2intheBOX Tier2 2||Screaming Squirrels 3|
|Scoring||Shots on Goal|
2intheBOX Tier2 29
Screaming Squirrels 34
|2intheBOX Tier2 – Daniel Karbeling (Kambiz Shoai) , 10:49|
|Screaming Squirrels – Don Marks(power play) (Ben Avara) , 13:12|
|Screaming Squirrels – Geoffrey Grek (short handed) (unassisted) , 3:36|
|2intheBOX Tier2 – Daniel Karbeling (power play) (Michael Crosby, Jeff Borakove) , 4:36|
|Screaming Squirrels – Ben Avara (David Chung, Robert Valdes) , 6:41|
|2intheBOX Tier2 – Jon Tippets (Tripping), 2 min , 11:49|
|Screaming Squirrels – Geoffrey Grek (Hooking), 2 min , 1:14|
|Screaming Squirrels – Wade Marks (Too Many Men), 2 min , 2:16|
|Screaming Squirrels – David Chung (Hooking), 2 min , 4:00|
|Screaming Squirrels – Ben Avara (Spearing(Game Misconduct), 10 min , 15:00|
|2intheBOX Tier2 – Hector Rosario (Roughing(Misconduct), 10 min , 15:00|
|Screaming Squirrels – Ben Avara (Spearing(Match), 10 min , 15:00|
|2intheBOX Tier2||Screaming Squirrels|
Justin Parks, Brent Kendall
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