The Squirrels put together their best comeback of the season Sunday, scoring four goals in the third period to earn a 5-5 draw against D.C. Fire.
The Squirrels were down 3-0 in the first two periods before Desi Richelsen’s individual scoring effort in the second period gave life back to the Squirrels. D.C. Fire scored again to go up 4-1 in the third period. Then the Squirrels woke up, as Greg Wenograd, Brent Machado and Tony Richelsen scored to tie the game, 4-4. Then D.C. Fire took the lead again late in the third period, but it didn’t hold as Machado scored his second of the game.
The Squirrels had a chance to win the game late in the third – while killing a two-man advantage. Tony Richelsen’s pressure led to a scoring opportunity, but the puck sailed wide. Fortunately, the Squirrels killed off the rest of the game with two men in the box and the Fire’s goaltender pulled.
Machado, the Richelsens, Wenograd, Matt Borlik, Ben Sumner, Phil Van der Vossen, Jon Magi, Charles Wolstein and Brian Jackson played for the Squirrels, with Drew Thiemann in net. The Squirrels were listed as putting up 19 shots on goal in the third period, while only having six in each of the first two. The Squirrels outshot Fire, 31-28.
The last game of the regular season is Wednesday, at 9:30 p.m. against the Mighty Old Ducks.