2004 Ends with a Squirrels Loss

The Screaming Squirrels’ ice team was shut out for the first time Monday, falling 5-0 to the very experienced Lords at Wells. Despite the lopsided scoreboard, the Squirrels did have their chances, posting 23 shots against the second-place team. The Squirrels had several shifts where they controlled the zone for an extended period of time, but couldn’t break through league commissioner Doug Updegrove’s goaltending. One of the Squirrels’ best chances at scoring came on Ben Sumner’s second-period breakaway, but his backhander was stopped with a pad save. Drew Thiemann made 27 saves in net for the Squirrels.

The next game is January 5 at Wells against the D.C. Bulldogs, at 9:15 p.m.

Quote of the game:
“I felt better before they took their helmets off”- Philip Van der Vossen

Squirrels Drop Third Straight

The Screaming Squirrels faced one of the league’s stingiest defenses Tuesday, falling 4-1 to the Panthers in Wheaton’s freezing outdoor rink. The Squirrels only managed 11 shots, their fewest in a game this season, while allowing a modest 25. Though the Squirrels showed signs of improvement, the Panthers took advantage of deep zone turnovers and lucky bounces around the net. Jon Magi put the Squirrels on the board in the first period, tying the game at 1-1 with a 5 on 3 power play goal, assisted by Chris Long and Sergio Balatan. The Squirrels play their final game of 2004 on Monday, 9:15 p.m. at Wells in College Park against the Lords.

Quote of the game:
“Is my shit getting smaller?” – Desi Richelsen, with his hands down his pants.
We think he was talking about his equipment.

After Long Break, Squirrels Fall

After more than two weeks off, the Screaming Squirrels showed some rust Tuesday, falling to the Moose, 7-3. However, the Squirrels did manage a solid first period, going up 2-1 before the Moose’s rapid-fire shots from the low post found the net in the second and third.

Dressed in their home yellows for the first time this season, the Squirrels took advantage of the Moose’s seemingly only weakness – fastbreaks. Wade Marks scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season, assisted by a breakout pass from Jon Magi. Moments after the Moose scored, Ben Sumner gave the Squirrels the lead again with an unassisted knuckler through a deep screen.

Drew Theimann made 34 saves for the Squirrels in what could have been a 14-3 game. The Squirrels managed 28 shots, the second most this season, but ran into stellar goaltending.

Playing his first game of the season, Matt Borlik scored a third-period shorthanded goal from Sergio Balatan’s neutral ice breakout pass.

The game marked the debut of Jared Genser’s scorekeeping career. Genser’s skate broke prior to the game, but Hockey North America had another job waiting for him. Genser accurately counted every goal scored, the most combined in any Squirrels game this season.

The Squirrels next play the Panthers on Monday at 10 p.m. in the Wheaton outdoor rink.

Quote of the game:
Desi Richelsen: “It’s rather docile in here.”
Oriana Senatore: “That’s a big word for you!”

Squirrels outshoot, but suffer their second defeat

by Ben Sumner & Philip Van der Vossen

The Screaming Squirrels faced the undefeated Americans on Sunday night at Cabin John, falling 4-1. The Americans came into the game leading the entire DC area in shots, averaging 44 per game. The Squirrels defense was up to the challenge, only allowing 14, their second lowest total this season. Meanwhile the Squirrels put up 19 of their own shots, but ran into some stellar goaltending in the opposing net. The Americans hardly controlled the zone, but capitalized on their breaks and bounces while the Squirrels did not. Defenseman Don Marks scored the lone goal for the Squirrels, taking it into the zone himself to cut the score to 2-1 in the second period. The Squirrels now have more than two weeks off, and will return to the ice Dec.7, 10:30 p.m. at Cabin John to face the Moose.

Quote of the game:
“Anyone have a band-aid?” – Ben Sumner


Squirrels Regroup, Win in Wells

Everything was going wrong in the first period for the Screaming Squirrels on Wednesday. Down 3-1 to the Cobras after 15 minutes of play, the mood on the bench was none too pleasant and a second loss seemed probable.

But the Squirrels came storming out in the second period. Wade Marks scored, assisted by crisp passing from Jared Genser and Don Marks, and later Chris Long flipped in a rebound to tie the game.

Despite a couple of mental mistakes that the Cobras failed to capitalize on, the Squirrels kept up the momentum in the third period and held the Cobras to just 2 shots. A puck deflected in off of Sergio Balatan’s skate, and about a minute later Don Marks hammered home a slap shot from the point. A late bench penalty put the Squirrels a man down with less than two minutes to go, but Jon Magi and Greg Wenograd got around the defense, and Magi buried a short-handed goal to seal the 6-3 victory with less than a minute remaining.

Ben Sumner scored the first period goal for the Squirrels with a shot from the right circle. Balatan added two assists in the game, and the Squirrels outshot the Cobras, 25-22. The Squirrels next play the Americans at Cabin John on Sunday at 10:15 p.m.

Quote of the game:
“The cat pooed on all my stuff” – Juan Canchasto