ECHL: Dayton Bomber Report

By Ron Valerino

By : Ron Valerino — 12/31/01



The Dayton Bombers went 0-1-2 in a three games-in-three nights situation this past week, marking the first time this season that the team has gone winless in three straight contests. The last two games in the three-in-three kicked off a season-long, eight-game road trek, which continues this week with four away tilts. The Dayton Bombers (19-8-4) are still in first-place in the Northwest Division, but are 1-3-2 in their last six games. The Bombers will return home Sunday, January 13 for a 6:00 p.m. game against the Cincinnati Cyclones at the Ervin J. Nutter Center. Below is a recap of last weeks games:

12/27/01- Johnstown 3 @ Dayton 2 (OT)- Despite blitzing the Chiefs with a season game-high 53 shots, Johnstown pulled out the win, thanks to a breakaway, overtime game-winner by Eric Schneider and 51 saves by goalie Dany Sabourin. Down 2-0, the Bombers evened the score with two power-play goals during a season game-high 22 shot third period. Fred Slukynsky scored on a deflection at 2:30, while Bill McCauley fired a slap shot past Sabourin at 8:02. Jim Shepherd (PP) and Brent Bilodeau also netted goals for the Chiefs. 5,312 fans watched this entertaining affair.

12/28/01- Dayton 2 @ Cincinnati 3 (SO)- In a lackluster effort, the Bombers squandered a 2-0 lead and lost to the Cyclones, who were playing with just 12 skaters. For the fourth time this season, the Cyclones earned two points in a head-to-head encounter against the Bombers in Cincinnati. For the third straight matchup at FirstStar Center between the two teams, the Cyclones won by one goal. All three wins have featured game-winning goals credited to rookie Mike Henderson. James Desmarais (PP) and Ben Keup scored goals for the Bombers, while Gregg Naumenko made 37 saves in his Bombers’ debut. Nick Bootland and Curtis Huppe tallied for Cincinnati, while the Cyclones were a perfect 4-for-4 in shootout breakaways. The Bombers were outshot 39-20 and managed just 9 shots on goals through the first two periods.

12/29/01- Dayton 1 @ Charlotte 2- A two-goal second period helped Charlotte to a 2-1 win in the Bombers’ first meeting with the Checkers since ousting them from the first round of the 2001 Kelly Cup Playoffs in a five-game, first round series. Kevin Caulfield scored on a deflection at 1:10 of the second period, while Vince Malts added a power-play score at 17:29. Tom Nemeth pulled the Bombers to within one with an unassisted, short-handed goal at 6:03 of the third period, but the team could not provide the equalizer. Goalie Greg Gardner stopped 30 shots in a losing effort. The Bombers went 0-7 on the PP.


Goalie Greg Gardner has won eight of his last twelve starts.

The Bombers are 10-3-3 in their last 16.


12/22/2001 Drop JEFF BOULANGER (F) placed on IR
12/22/2001 Drop RYAN VINCE (F) placed on IR.
12/22/2001 Add CORY MORGAN (RW) activated from IR.
12/27/2001 Add GREGG NAUMENKO (G) assigned by Anaheim.
12/27/2001 Drop MARK KIELKUCKI (G) placed on IR.
12/28/2001 Add JEFF BOULANGER (F) activated from IR.
12/28/2001 Drop DMITRI LEONOV (LW) loaned to Cincinnati.

Thanks to Matt Gorsky – Dayton Bombers for his contribution.