The Squirrels suffered a heartbreaking season-ending loss Wednesday, blowing a 3-1 lead in the last four minutes, giving up the tying goal with a second remaining and falling 4-3 in overtime against the Bullets.
The Squirrels also had two goals washed out – one early in the game that a ref claimed was deflected in – a reason that didn’t make much sense to anyone on the Squirrels, and a puck over the line that was pulled back before the refs could see it.
Brent Machado put the Squirrels up 1-0 in the first period, and Neil Shah notched one in the second period. A quick shot during a zone entry netted the Bullets their first goal early in the third. The Squirrels also had four power plays – two in the third period – but couldn’t convert.
At 11:52 of the third, Ben Sumner intercepted a clearing attempt up the boards and passed to Machado, who put the Squirrels up 3-1. On the very next shift, the Bullets answered.
Down the stretch, the Squirrels had a couple of shots at an empty net, but came one second short of a victory. The winning goal came with 31 seconds left in overtime.
The Squirrels outshot the Bullets, but the scorekeeper made up numbers.
|The Gardens IH – Patrick Wed, Aug 23, 2023 at 9:33pm|
|Screaming Squirrels 3||Bullets 4|
|Scoring||Shots on Goal|
Screaming Squirrels 22
|Screaming Squirrels – Brent Machado (unassisted) , 11:45|
|Screaming Squirrels – Neil Shah (Jason Wolf) , 8:52|
|Bullets – Jon Hoffman (unassisted) , 1:38|
|Screaming Squirrels – Brent Machado (Benjamin Sumner) , 11:52|
|Bullets – Sean Osullivan (unassisted) , 12:23|
|Bullets – Jon Hoffman (Justin Nelms) , 14:59|
|Bullets – Justin Nelms (unassisted) , 4:29|
|Bullets – Nathan Kowal (Tripping), 2 min , 4:09|
|Screaming Squirrels – Brent Machado (Interference), 2 min , 14:48|
|Bullets – Justin Nelms (Holding), 2 min , 6:00|
|Bullets – Shawn Strasdauskas (Tripping), 2 min , 2:14|
|Bullets – Shawn Strasdauskas (Tripping), 2 min , 4:35|
|Screaming Squirrels – Benjamin Sumner (Hooking), 2 min , 9:17|
Bruce Bagley, Todd HumoraScorekeeper