The second game of the season against Southwest Airlines resembled the first one for the Squirrels, but this time instead of falling 3-1 they fell 5-1.
Despite being outshot only by two (28-26), the Squirrels couldn’t get any breaks and Southwest Airlines capitalized off of Squirrels’ mistakes. Ed Bager scored the only goal for the Squirrels.
Drew Thiemann, Brent Machado, Paul Kobernick, Charles Wolstein, Greg Wenograd, Tony Richelsen, Chris Long, Bager, Ben Sumner, Desi Richelsen and Jon Magi played for the Squirrels.
The next game is Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8:55 p.m. against the Nordiques.
The Squirrels were scratching their heads Sunday, wondering why a 35-13 shot advantage only translated into a 3-1 come-from-behind victory against a team that is second-to-last in the standings.
Outplaying, outshooting, and out-hustling Meltdown was barely enough. After a scoreless first period, Meltdown got on the board first with a powerplay goal at 13:47. A few minutes later, the Squirrels finally scored on a shot by Greg Wenograd. The 1-1 tie lasted most of the second period before Chris Long knocked in Ed Bager’s pass to give the Squirrels the lead with 1:45 remaining in the second period. 27 seconds later, Ben Sumner sent a pass to Rob Myers, who got the puck past the goaltender for a 3-1 lead. The score stood for the rest of the game.
The Squirrels played without Chi Pham, Don Marks, and Sergio Balatan, and found themselves with 12 forwards and 4 defensemen before shifting back Wade Marks and Tony Richelsen.
The next game is Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 10:25 p.m. against Southwest Airlines.
Squirrels Notes: Defenseman Desmond Richelsen recently got engaged to Squirrel superfan, Trisha.
Longtime ice Squirrel Adam Hughes played his final game for the team Sunday, and will now head off to the California to work for Disney.
Hughes, a player picked up during the inaugural ice season, played six sessions for the Squirrels, helping them win two championships.
The Squirrels and Dead Kings hadn’t played each other since July 10, 2005. That summer, the Dead Kings took four games from the Squirrels. A year and a half later, the Squirrels got a bit of revenge with a game that was nearly over with six minutes to go in the second period. Instead, the Dead Kings didn’t allow the Squirrels to get the 10-goal lead until 2:21 of the third period, when the Squirrels ended it at 11-1.
Tony Richelsen and Rob Myers each had three goals, Ed Bager and Brent Machado had two, and Greg Wenograd notched one for the Squirrels. Myers also had three assists. The seventh goal was scored 8:46 in the second period to start the running clock. The Squirrels outshot the Dead Kings, 31-10.
The Squirrels played without Don Marks, Wade Marks, Chi Pham, Brian Jackson, Paul Kobernick, Sergio Balatan, Adam Hughes and Phil Van der Vossen.
The next game is Sunday, Jan. 28, at 8:55 p.m. against Meltdown.
The Screaming Squirrels failed to shut down a single player on Gnu on Friday, and that was the difference in a 3-2 loss to the first-place team.
The game started out fine for the Squirrels, as Brent Machado scored on the first shift of the game. Then No. 25, Norman Hayes, took over, scoring on the power play in the second period, and then a shorthanded goal and an even-strength goal in the third, all by skating far faster than everyone else on the ice. The Squirrels dominated the zone much of the game and had many quality scoring opportunities, but missed wide-open nets by inches. Rob Myers pulled the Squirrels within a goal late in the third, and a late flurry led to several shots but Gnu escaped with the win.
Goaltender Drew Thiemann made 24 saves for the Squirrels, who put up 32 shots. Don Marks, Phil Van der Vossen, Adam Hughes, Chris Long, Sergio Balatan, Chi Pham, and Greg Wenograd missed the game.
The next game is Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 10:30 p.m. against the Dead Kings.