BOMBERS TOP CHIEFS TWICE TO HALT MINI-SKID; DIVISIONAL GAMES CONTINUE:
The Dayton Bombers (31-12-7, 69 PTS) went 2-0 in a pair of home games against the Johnstown Chiefs on Friday and Saturday. The wins snapped only the second two-game regulation losing streak that the Bombers have experienced all season. On Saturday during “Pack the House” Night at the Ervin J. Nutter Center, the Bombers drew a season-high 8,752 fans, just 447 shy of breaking the all-time franchise single game record of 9,198. The Bombers have four Northwest Division games in the next seven days. Below is a recap of this past week’s wins:
2/08/02- Johnstown 1 @ BOMBERS 4- In a triumphant return for goalie Karl Goehring, the Bombers topped the Chiefs to snap a two-game losing skid. Jamie Ling, who missed the previous three games, assisted on the first two Bombers’ goals. Ben Keup gave the Bombers a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal at 13:36 of the opening period. Defenseman Doug Nolan scored what turned out to be the game-winner at 9:52 of the middle stanza. Dmitri Leonov’s first goal of the season on a wing slapshot made it 3-0 at 5:06 of the third, while Fred Slukynsky tacked on a power-play insurance marker just 2:18 later. Goehring stopped 34 Chiefs’ shots in his first Bombers start since November 17, while the Bombers’ penalty killing unit was a perfect ten for ten, including a pair of double minor kills. Ex-Chief Mike Vellinga contributed to the Bombers effort with a two-assist performance.
2/09/02- Johnstown 1 @ BOMBERS- Fred Slukynsky scored two goals, while Jamie Ling had a goal and two assists as the Bombers improved to 6-0-2 against the Chiefs this season with a 3-1 triumph. Gregg Naumenko made 21 saves for the Bombers, while Cory Morgan had a pair of assists. The Bombers penalty killers continued to shine, killing all 11 Chiefs’ man-advantage chances, including two more double minor penalties. The Bombers created an 18-point gap between they and the fourth-place Chiefs with the triumph.
BOMBERS’ BITS: The Bombers have helped promote 13 different players to the American Hockey League at some point this season … Dating back to the second period of the Bombers’ 2-1 loss at Cincinnati on February 2, the Bombers’ league-best penalty killing unit has killed off 22 straight power play opportunities by the opposition … The Bombers are 8-3-2 in their last 13 games … Ben Keup, who had missed some time with the Bombers due to injury and a call-up to Cleveland of the American Hockey League, scored his first goal since New Year’s Eve in the 4-1 win vs. Johnstown on Friday …
D Matt Desrosiers, the team’s plus/minus leader (+17), has been plus or even in 43 of 50 Bombers’ games this season … The Bombers currently have four players who have double digit plus ratings in the plus/minus category (Cory Morgan, +11; Tom Nemeth, +14; Matt Desrosiers, +17; Brian Cummings, +10) … C Jamie Ling leads the Bombers in first goals with five; he notched his fifth in the 3-1 win vs. Johnstown on Saturday …
Bombers goalie Karl Goehring has surrendered a goal or less in six of his 11 Bombers’ games this season … F Dmitri Leonov’s goal on Friday was his first in 27 games played with the Bombers this season … C Fred Slukynsky, the Bombers’ power-play goal leader with seven, had man-up goals in consecutive home games this past week; he has points in five of his last six Bombers’ games (5-2-7) … G Gregg Naumenko has started in 12 of the last 14 Bombers’ games … The Bombers are 11-4-3 in their last 18 … The Bombers have the league’s seventh best power play entering the week, but their percentage in only 24th ranked at home.
BOMBERS’ TRANSACTIONS FOR WEEK:
2/03/02- F Ben Keup added, returned from Cleveland (AHL)
2/05/02- G Mark Kielkucki deleted, placed on 7-day IR;
G Karl Goehring added, assigned from Syracuse (AHL); D Tom Nemeth moved from 7-day to 30-day IR; D Jonathan Gauthier moved from 7-day to 30-day IR
2/05/02- D Bill McCauley deleted, loaned to Cleveland (AHL)
2/06/02- D Bill McCauley added, returned from Cleveland (AHL)
2/07/02- F Preston Mizzi deleted, recalled to Syracuse (AHL); D Blaine McCauley deleted, signed to a PTO by Syracuse (AHL); F Jonathan Schill added, reassigned by Syracuse (AHL)
A special thanks to Matt Gorsky, Dayton Bombers – Dir. of Broadcasting and Media/Comm. Relations.