The Squirrels finished the regular season in second place after falling to the division-leading Blades of Steel in a shoot-out on Wednesday, 6-5.
Down 2-0 early, the Squirrels scored four straight in the first period to go up 4-2. But the Squirrels surrendered three in a row, including two while penalty killing, to go down 5-4 going into the third. Tony Richelsen tied up the game with only a few minutes remaining to force a shoot-out, where the Squirrels fell.
The Squirrels’ first playoff game will be Wed. April 10 and 9:50 p.m.
The Gardens IH – Patrick Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 8:10pm
The Squirrels’ 10-game winning streak came to an end Sunday as late-game fatigue set in with a short bench, despite being up 5-1 with ten minutes remaining. A couple of soft goals and lucky bounces did the Squirrels in, but they remained in a tie for first place with 30 points and two games remaining in the regular season.
The Gardens IH – Logsdon Sun, Mar 10, 2013 at 9:35pm
The Squirrels didn’t have a good game, yet somehow won their 10th in a row with a 3-2 shootout victory against Scurvy, which put them in first place for the first time this season.
Earlier in the evening, Blades of Steel lost for the first time in ten games, which gave the Squirrels the opportunity to leapfrog them in the standings. And the Squirrels did so by using their goaltender, Adam Hart, who was highly aware that he would hurt his own team’s place in the standings if he won the game for the Squirrels. Regular goaltender Nabil Allaoua didn’t make the game because he was out celebrating his birthday.
The Squirrels came fairly close to losing, but not because of Hart’s play. The Squirrels did almost nothing the first two periods, going down 1-0 early and wasting nearly 7 minutes of power play time in the second, plus a couple of 5-on-3 chances in the third.
Finally, Tero Moberg found the back of the net to tie the game, only for Scurvy to retake the lead a couple minutes later on the power play. With five minutes left, Tony Richelsen scored, then a minute later Mark Tessar scored what the Squirrels thought was the lead goal. Instead, Tessar was called for hooking on the play, so the goal was washed out and Scurvy had a power play. The Squirrels killed it, then took two more penalties in the closing two minutes but held on to force a shootout.
Tessar and Jon Danziger missed the first two chances, but Tony Richelsen and Desi Richelsen scored the final two attempts, while Hart made the final save to secure the win.
The Gardens IH – Patrick Sun, Mar 03, 2013 at 6:55pm
The Screaming Squirrels won their ninth in a row Saturday, topping the Cruisers 3-1 in a game that seemed like it should have been much more decisive than the scoreboard showed. Paul Kobernick got the scoring started for the Squirrels in the first period, and even launched another shot which nearly went in. Jon Danziger put the Squirrels up 2-0 on the power play in the second period. The Cruisers capitalized off of a delayed off-sides by the Squirrels, which led to a breakout/breakaway. Rob Myers added an insurance goal in the third period.
The Squirrels outshot the Cruisers, 41-27.
The Gardens IH – Logsdon Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 9:30pm