The Long Beach Bombers earned four points this weekend, after defeating division rivals Valencia Flyers and San Diego Gulls. The Bombers blew open the game Friday night, winning 10-4. However, Saturday’s contest was a low-scoring battle that resulted in a 3-2 victory. Jiri Sykora earned his first and second career WSHL wins over the weekend, looking stellar in both games.
Jakub Sramek was, again, all over the scoresheet for the boys in black. Sramek opened the scoring on an absolute highlight reel goal in the 1st period. Alex Bancroft sent a defensive zone face-off into open ice, and Sramek did the rest. Using his speed to blow past a defender in the neutral zone, he then came from right to left, with a mind-numbing toe drag that froze the goaltender, and then he finished it off by sending the water bottle flying off the top left corner of the net.
Not to be outdone, Sramek’s linemate, Nikita Korotkov, notched two goals on the evening. Both goals were set up by Sramek; the later being the game-winner. Stephen White also chipped in an assist on Korotkov’s first goal with a nice neutral zone play to start the odd-man attack.
Sramek now has a stat line of 4G-5A in just two games, thus far – good for 2nd in the WSHL scoring race. Teammates Korotkov & White currently sit at 14th, both having 6 points. White is one off the Defensive Scoring lead.
George Chisholm (Heatherton, Nova Scotia) proved he will be a physical presence all season in the WSHL as he answered the bell in the second period, challenged by Zen Hamil, captain of the Gulls. Chisholm controlled the tilt, and landed a few solid punches. The Bombers were able to overcome some defensive zone breakdowns, to garner the late victory, and move to 2-0 in the standings.
Game Highlights ——–> http://youtu.be/SYhcp1s5UH0
Next up for the Bombers will be their first road trip of the season, up to the Ice Station in Valencia for a rematch with the Flyers on Friday night (7:15pm PST). Kevin Antipov & Eddie Keshishian lead the Flyers with 7 points in 5 games played. Saturday night, the Bombers will return home to take on the expansion Ontario Avalanche at Glacial Garden Skating Arena (7:30pm PST). The new club has a respectable 3-2 record thus far, with wins over division rivals Bay Area Seals, San Diego Gulls, and Valencia Flyers. The Avalanche are led by forward Antoine Maillard, along with goaltender Jesse Gordichuck (3-1 record).
The Bombers received good news after their four-point weekend, as they signed forward JT Banard, who will report this week. Banard had 4G-8A in 16 games with the Bombers last season, in which he was a mid-season acquisition. Banard will be counted on to add depth to the forward position for the squad. His competitiveness and ability to create scoring chances will be a welcomed addition to the roster. In addition, the Bombers will welcome back veteran forward, and co-captain, Johnny Linehan for the upcoming weekend. Linehan has been a top scorer for the squad for 5 seasons, and will surely add another dimension to the roster. Linehan is not only a proven point producer, but he is also a leader whose compete level is never outdone.