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Bombers Weekly Update

January 28, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) Dayton Bombers

WHAT'S TO COME: The Bombers play three games this week: a Tuesday and Friday match-up against the South Division's Charlotte Checkers and a Saturday visit to Johnstown. The Bombers sit in fourth place in the North Division, six points behind the Reading Royals.

CHECK OUT CHARLOTTE: The Charlotte Checkers make their first visit to the Nutter Center on Tuesday for a 7:00 p.m. date with the Bombers. The Checkers are making a four game northern swing, also visiting the Cincinnati Cyclones and Wheeling Nailers. Charlotte stands in 7th place in the South Division with a record of 17-17-0-4 (38 pts.). They are 5-9-0-2 on the road this season and have a 14.9% road power play average.

WEEKLY RECAP: The Bombers were 2-1-0 last week after defeating Reading 4-1 on January 21 then besting the Johnstown Chiefs 3-0 on Friday night. The Bombers could not pull off back-to-back upsets against the Chiefs, however, and fell 2-1 in Johnstown on Saturday night. Rejean Beauchemin was 1-1-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .959 save percentage while Jeremy Duchesne earned his first professional shutout stopping all 25 Johnstown shots on Friday. On the week Yannick Tifu (2g,1a) and Mike Berry (1g,2a) each had three points, while Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist and Brad Bonello and Taylor Christie had a pair of assists each.

HEY NOW ALL-STAR: Bombers All-Stars Yannick Tifu and Matt Beaudoin, both starters for the American Conference, each tallied a point in the Americans 10-7 loss to the National Conference on Wednesday night. Beaudoin scored a goal in the third period past Las Vegas' Daniel Manzato, while Tifu assisted on Reading's Brett Hemingway's third period goal. Tifu also won the Individual Puck Control Relay for the Americans and Beaudoin finished second in the Hardest Shot Challenge to help the American Conference take the competition.

REBOUND: January 21 saw the Bombers score back-to-back goals in 14 seconds, the fastest any two goals have been scored by Dayton this season. On January 11 a pair of goals were scored a mere 18 seconds apart, with a third coming in a total of 1:03. This stands as the fastest three goals of the season.

FIRING SQUAD: Dayton netminder Rejean Beauchemin has been subjected to 40 or more shots 4 times this season - three of which were against Reading! He's 1-1-1-1 when facing 40 or more shots, most recently earning a win last Monday after denying 45 of 46 Reading shots. The Royals also fired a season high 51 shots at Beauchemin in the Bombers 5-4 overtime loss on December 1.

SO SPECIAL: The penalty killing units for the Bombers had an exceptional week, going 15/16 (93.8%). The Bombers now have an overall penalty killing average of 79.6% and a home average of 80.5%. On the power play the Bombers still rank amongst the top teams with a 21.3 overall average and a 25.4% home average.

LEADERS OF THE PACK: Yannick Tifu and Matt Beaudoin stay atop the ECHL leader boards after the Bombers 2-1-0 week. Tifu remains atop the overall scoring board with 53 points (13g,40a) and is tied for first in assists. Beaudoin, who ranks fifth in overall scoring, has the third most goals in the league. Beaudoin leads rookies in points (48), goals (26), power play goals (11) and power play points (26) and is tied for first with 5 game winners.

GETTING A JUMP START: When netting the first goal of the game, the Bombers are 11-4-2-0. The Bombers also know that when they have the lead, they need to hold onto it. In fact, the Bombers are 9-0-2-0 when leading after two periods. But don't think that they don't protect that lead. Dayton is outscoring opponents 49-37 in the third period!

HOME IS WHERE THE BACK OF THE NET IS: The Bombers are outscoring opponents 77-62 at home this season in 21 games. The Bombers have scored five or more goals at home seven times, including the 8-3 walloping the Bombers handed Johnstown at Hobart Arena on December 15.

MILE MARKER: Defenseman Taylor Christie reached the 50 career points mark on Friday night with an assist to Mike Berry in the first period against Johnstown. Christie has 12 career goals and 38 assists in his three ECHL seasons.

MILESTONES: Here is a list of Bombers who are the verge of career ECHL milestones:

Greg Labenski: 2 points shy of 150 career points

Matt Beaudoin: 2 points shy of 50 career points

Brad Bonello: 4 goals shy of 50 career goals

COUNTDOWN TO 600: Bombers head coach Bill McDonald is 3 wins shy of 600 career wins (538 regular season, 59 post-season).

LOOK OUT BELOW!

I'LL TAKE 2 PLEASE: Don't forget about 2-for-1 Tuesday tomorrow night as the Bombers face the visiting Charlotte Checkers. Silver level seats are 2-for-1 at the box office and Dayton Dogs, popcorn and small sodas are BOGO at concessions.

KIDS NIGHT!: Friday is "Kids Night" with the Bombers as kids 12 and under get in FREE with the purchase of an adult Silver level ticket at the box office. Immediately following the game #4 Ryan Reid and #33 Grant Goeckner-Zoeller will have an autograph session outside of the Bombers locker room.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: The Bombers will celebrate "Military Appreciation Night" on Saturday, February 9 as they take on the Trenton Devils. All military personnel with ID will receive 2-for-1 Silver level tickets at the Nutter Center box office. Make sure to stick around for the live, post-game Red Jersey Auction which will help benefit the Fisher/Nightingale Houses at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

HERE COMES FEBRUARY: The Bombers will play 12 games in the month of February, including five games at the Nutter Center and one at historic Hobart Arena in Troy. Two teams from the south (Charlotte and Mississippi) make a northern trek. The Bombers will face the Cyclones twice at US Bank Arena. At the end of the month the team heads out for a seven game road trip that will span nearly two weeks!

BOMBERS WEEKLY RECAP - JAN. 28

Overall Record: 19-15-4-3 45 pts Week of 1.21.08 Record: 2-1-0-0

Current Streak: Lost 1

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Monday, January 21 at Reading (W, 4-1)

Friday, January 25 vs. Johnstown (W, 3-0)

Saturday, January 26 at Johnstown (L, 2-1)

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS/RESULTS

Tuesday, January 29 vs. Charlotte (7:00 p.m.)

**2-for-1 Tuesday: Get 2-for-1 Silver Level tickets at the Nutter Center box office and 2-for-1 Dayton Dogs, popcorn and small sodas at concessions

Friday, February 1 vs. Charlotte (7:00 p.m.)

**Kids Night: Kids 12 and under get a FREE Silver Level ticket with the purchase of an adult Silver Level ticket at the box office

Saturday, February 2 at Johnstown (7:05 p.m.)

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