Playoffs: The Rocks 4, Squirrels 3

The Screaming Squirrels failed to defend their C Level Roller Championship, in falling to The Rocks on 8/31. The Squirrels entered the playoffs as the 4th seed, and eliminated the 5th seeded Chupacabras 7-2. Next we faced The Rocks who had soundly defeated us just two weeks prior by the score of 5-0. We came out strong and at halftime led the game 2-0. Unfortunately they put together a string of three goals within just a few minutes, and ended up with the win, 4-3. The Rocks then proceeded to the Championship where they defeated the 3rd seeded 5 Holes, 8-1.

Congratulations to The Rocks for the Championship and to the Roller Squirrels for another winning season. We finished with a record of 13-8-1. Currently the Ice Squirrels are battling for playoff positioning in the HNA Summer League. Fall Ice Hockey will begin towards the end of October.

Registration for Inline Weeknight League

Ed Bager

Ed Bager is currently collecting registration forms and fees for our upcoming Roller Season. The Screaming Squirrels will return to the Gardens Ice House for the Adult Weeknight C Division, where we plan to defend last season’s Championship. Registration is due by March 22nd. Please get your forms and checks to Ed ASAP. Our season will begin the week of April 19th.

Ice: Squirrels 8, Ice Devils 5; Roller: Squirrels 4, 5 Holes 1

Squirrels win 2 games at the same time

The Screaming Squirrels set a team milestone Tuesday, April 27, as both the ice and roller team won at the same time. With both rosters significantly shortened, the roller team dominated in a 4-1 victory over last year’s rival, the 5 Holes. Meanwhile, the ice team completed its undefeated regular season (8-0) with an 8-5 win against the Ice Devils. Special praise goes to Don Marks and Chris Long. Immediately after the roller game ended, they sped around the beltway to play the second half of the ice game. Two games, two different venues, two different surfaces, two different skates, two victories.

Next week we have 3 games within 3 nights. The Roller team plays Tuesday and Thursday, while the Ice team begins the Playoffs on Wednesday. Go Squirrels!

Pre-2004 History

History of the Screaming Squirrels

In the summer of 2001, a group of guys (and one girl), signed up for Sunday roller hockey, level C, at the Gardens Ice House. The league promptly scheduled us for Thursdays with only three other teams, one of which – the Dragons – soundly beat us nearly every other week.

This team, with no experience playing together, became Recreational Hazard. We only won one game that season, despite picking up a couple of guys from the Berwyn Heights outdoor rink, where many of us played pickup on Sunday mornings. It was a highly disappointing summer, but the core of us remained

In the fall and winter of 2001/2002, we joined the Rockville Roller Hockey League. Strong-armed by our Jersey teammates, the team became the Devils, despite the objections of the Capitals fans (now, we’re a mixture of Red Wings, Devils, and Caps fans). We played another two lackluster seasons in Rockville, but picked up a few new players and brought them back to Laurel.

In the summer of 2002, we returned to the Gardens Ice House. We had played three sessions together, and had yet to produce a team that could consistently win. However, we were far more comfortable playing together than before. The team was much improved during the summer of 2002, but we were still falling behind our own expectations. After taking the winter off, the team regrouped in the spring of 2003. With the non-Jersey members sick of our team name, we decided to vote for a new one. Of course, most of the
submissions received thumbs-down, but “Screaming Squirrels” was one of the few that didn’t (not that it received many ‘yes’ votes, either).

A new logo was designed, and we ordered the first batch of jerseys, which arrived several weeks into the regular season. We attribute our initial victories to confusing our opponents by wearing red Devils jerseys while calling ourselves the Squirrels.

The season was a great success despite injuries to a few key players. In first place going into the playoffs, the Squirrels were poised to win their first championship. After cruising through the first two rounds, the team made it to the finals, where they faced the Hurricanes in a best-of-three series. The Squirrels ran away with Game 1, but the Hurricanes regrouped and narrowly won Game 2. That set the stage for Game 3.

It never happened. Hurricane Isabel ripped through the region, knocking power out of the Gardens Ice House for several days. The league cancelled the final game, and officially named us co-champions with the Hurricanes. This was despite the fact that we outscored them in the series, and had a better overall record.

Though we were all disappointed that we couldn’t play that final game, we literally went from worst-to-first. Now, the team has joined Hockey North America’s beginner ice hockey league, and has picked up 10 new members. With practice and patience, this branch of the team, too, will rise to the top. Maybe even to level B.

#19 Ben Sumner, Feb., 2004