Bombers Weekly News
HIGH SCORING AFFAIR: A combined 11 goals were scored between Elmira and Dayton on Thursday night as they concluded their season series in New York. Andrew Fournier led the way for the Bombers with two goals and an assist, while three other players recorded 2-point games. Also scoring for Dayton were Justin Chwedoruk, Jarret Lukin and Matt Auffrey. Paul Drew was 24 of 30 in net for the Bombers, who went 2 of 7 on the power play.
SPOILER: The Bombers played the role of spoiler on Friday night, denying the Wheeling Nailers a chance to clinch a playoff berth with their 3-2 win on the road. Les Reaney had a goal and two assists, while Andrew Fourier (1g,1a) and Matt Auffrey (2a) each recorded two points. The Bombers held the Nailers scoreless into the third period with an outstanding goaltending effort from Paul Drew, who was 34 of 36 on the night. Also scoring for the Bombers was Brock Wilson on the power play.
GOING OUT ON TOP: The Bombers defeated the Reading Royals 4-3 in overtime in their final game of the 2008-09 season on Saturday night. Dayton jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first with a pair of goals by Ryan Smyth and a score from Les Reaney. Reading would answer in the second with one goal, then two more in the third to tie up the game. In the sudden death overtime, team captain Greg Labenski netted the game-winner, his 15th of the year. Paul Drew won his second straight game in net for the Bombers, making 41 of 44 saves.
YOUNG LEADER: Breaking the 50-point barrier on Thursday night with an assist in Elmira, rookie Nino Musitelli led the Bombers in scoring this season. He finished 13th in the league amongst first-year players and is the Bombers' leader in assists (31) as well.
BREAKOUT: In the last week of the regular season, rookie Andrew Fournier racked up three goals and three assists in three games. In 17 games with the Bombers, Fournier had 17 points (7g,10a). He finished the season with 8 goals and 18 assists between Dayton and Florida.
THREE'S COMPANY: Picking up a trio of assists in the Bombers 4-3 OT win in Reading on Saturday, Justin Chwedoruk had his first 3-point game since October. He's skated with the Bombers in 27 games this season, tallying 22 points (6g,16a).
ALL AROUND PLAYER: Rookie Les Reaney has stepped up his game, riding a three-game assist and point streak. He's got five helpers in the span and seven points. Reaney is third on the active roster in scoring (43 points).
REACHING THE PEAK: Second-year Bomber Ryan Smyth had his first multi-goal game of the season on Saturday night in Reading. With his two first period goals, Smyth reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his professional career. He improved on his 23-point rookie season with a 36-point performance this year.
GO OUT STRONG: Matt Auffrey had a three-game assist and point streak to end the year. With four assists and five points in the last week of the season, he finished with 7 goals and 8 assists for Dayton in 17 games. Auffrey had 42 points on the year.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: With a goal in the third period on Friday night, Brock Wilson netted his first power play goal of the season. To date, 17 Bombers skaters have tallied a goal on the man advantage.
FITTING FINALE: Scoring the Bombers final goal of the 2008-09 season was team captain Greg Labenski, who tallied the overtime game-winner in Reading on Saturday night. The score was Labenski's 15th goal of the year, tying a professional career high. It was also his third game-winner of the season. The blueliner ranked 11th among ECHL defensemen in scoring, 1st in d-man goals and shots (195) and 2nd in power play goals (10).
GAMES OF A LIFETIME: In net for the Bombers final three games, Paul Drew finished the year with a two-game winning streak. In his final two performances he had a cumulative 2.40 GAA and .938 save percentage. The rookie wrapped up the year with a 15-13-2-1 record and 3.37 GAA.
ALL THE WAY: Three Bombers skaters appeared in all 72 games for the team this season - Christian Gaudet, Nathan Schwartzbauer and Ryan Smyth. Last season just one player, Greg Labenski, completed the wire-to-wire season.
GO FOR THE GOAL: The Bombers tallied 12 goals in their final three games of the season, bringing the season total of goals scored to 229. That's the most since the 2000-2001 season when the team netted 247 goals on the year.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Bombers were whistled for 1,255 PIM, averaging 17.43 minutes per game...The team was 17.3% on the power play and 80.7% on the penalty kill...Dayton recorded eight shorthanded goals all year...The Bombers averaged 3.18 goals per game (10th best in the ECHL) and fired an average of 31.88 shots per game (9th best in the league)
TEAM LEADERS: The following active Bombers lead the team in these statistical categories:
Goals: Jarret Lukin - 22
Assists: Nino Musitelli- 31
Points: Nino Musitelli - 50
PIM: Matt Auffrey - 123
Plus/Minus: Nathan Schwartzbauer - +9
Power Play Goals: Greg Labenski & Jarret Lukin - 10
Power Play Assists: Jarret Lukin - 16
Power Play Points: Jarret Lukin - 26
Shorthanded Goals: Ryan Smyth - 3
Game Winning Goals: Les Reaney - 4
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