Regular Season Record: 29-31-6-6 70 pts.
Week of 3.31.08 Record: 1-1-1-0
Standings: 5th Place, North Division
LAST WEEK'S REGULAR SEASON RESULTS
Tuesday vs. Cincinnati (L, 5-4)
Wednesday at Wheeling (OTL, 4-3)
Saturday vs. Johnstown (W, 4-3)
LAST WEEK'S POST-SEASON RESULTS
Sunday vs. Johnstown (L, 3-1)
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Tuesday at Johnstown (7:00pm)
Wednesday at Johnstown (7:00pm), if necessary
IF THE BOMBERS ADVANCE TO THE NORTH DIVISION SEMIFINALS:
Friday at Cincinnati (7:30pm)
Saturday at Cincinnati (7:30pm)
Sunday vs. Cincinnati (5:00pm)
PLAYOFF BOUND BOMBERS: The Dayton Bombers have clinched a berth in the 2008 Kelly Cup Playoffs! The Bombers advanced to their second consecutive post-season appearance and are facing the Johnstown Chiefs in the best-of-three North Division Quarterfinals; the winner will play the top-seeded Cincinnati Cyclones in the North Division Semifinals.
KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS, TAKE 1: The Bombers and Johnstown Chiefs opened the 2008 Kelly Cup Playoffs on Sunday afternoon for the North Division Quarterfinals with the Chiefs besting the Bombers 3-1 to take a 1-0 overall lead in the 3-game series. Chiefs captain Randy Rowe put the puck past Bombers goaltender Rejean Beauchemin just :39 into the game, and Johnstown never looked back on their lead. Following suit in the second period, the Chiefs scored back-to-back power play goals in :26, taking a 3-0 lead. Brad Bonello netted a power play goal from Masahito Nishiwaki and Petr Pohl to bring the score to 3-1, however, the Bombers were unable to mount any further comeback.
HITTING THE ROAD: Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) of the division quarterfinals will be played on the road in Johnstown on Tuesday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 9. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. The Bombers were 2-2-0-1 at Johnstown this season, taking three games to a shootout.
ONE HECK OF A WAY TO GO OUT: The Bombers ended their regular season on Saturday in perhaps the most dramatic fashion possible, a 4-3 come-from-behind overtime victory against the Chiefs. Leading 1-0 in the first period from a Scott Kelman goal, the Bombers gave up three in the next frame. Mike Walsh netted his 12th of the year bringing the score to 3-2 after two periods. While the Bombers looked as though they would close out the year on a sour note, Britt Dougherty took a feed from Mike Berry and Petr Pohl and scored with a mere :40 left on the clock. On the power play in overtime team captain Greg Labenski fired a shot past Johnstown's Andrew Penner for the win. Three different Bombers players finished with at least two points on the night; Petr Pohl, the game's first star had 4 assists.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Bombers defenseman and team captain Greg Labenski was Saturday night's hero as he drained the game winning goal in overtime. It was Labenski's 6th goal of the season, third power play goal and first game winner.
TWICE IS NICE, BUT FOUR IS...: Petr Pohl had a stellar Saturday night against the Chiefs, racking up assists on all four Bombers goals. It was Pohl's second multi-point game as a Bomber this season. After Sunday's one assist performance, he is on a four-game assist streak (1g,7a).
EXTRA MILEAGE: The Bombers took the Wheeling Nailers to overtime on Wednesday night, but fell 3-2 in the extra frame. Much like Tuesday night's contest against Cincinnati, the Bombers trailed 2-0 after the first period and mounted their comeback in the next two periods. In the second, Brad Bonello netted his 19th goal of the season (6th on the power play) from Jim Henkemeyer and Mike Berry. The Bombers held the Nailers to one lone shot on goal in the period as well. Looking to even the score in the third, Henkemeyer tallied his second goal of the year from Petr Pohl and Berry. In overtime, however, it was Nailers captain Sean Collins who connected on a one-timer past Rejean Beauchemin to steal the victory. The Bombers were 2/6 on the power play and 5/6 on the penalty kill. Beauchemin finished the night with 19 saves on 22 shots.
BERRY LENDS A HELPING HAND: Mike Berry has been the team's go-to assist man for the past two weeks. In the last 10 regular season games, Berry has picked up 12 points. He had a four-game assist streak (6a) and had back-to-back multi-point games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
TWO TIMES THE FUN: Rookie Jim Henkemeyer tallied his first professional multi-point game on Wednesday at Wheeling when he assisted on Brad Bonello's power play goal in the 2nd period then scored his first power play goal of the year in the 3rd. The defenseman sits with 2 goals and 3 assists on the season.
BONELLO STILL ROLLING: Brad Bonello had a four game goal streak broken on Saturday night, but that hasn't slowed him down. He's on a six-game point streak (5g,2a) after picking up the Bombers lone goal on Sunday and had an assist on Greg Labenski's game winner on Saturday. He scored his 19th of the season on Wednesday against Wheeling while picking up his 6th power play goal of the year.
MILE MARKER: Last Sunday's matchup against Elmira was centerman Scott Kelman's 200th regular season ECHL game played...Mike Berry had his 50th career assist on Tuesday night...
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