On Sunday, the Bombers traveled north to the Ice Station in Valencia for a matinee tilt with the home Flyers. The game would mark the first time this season that the Bombers were scored against first. The defensive play was porous all evening, and Sykora held the squad in the game as long as he could. The Bombers offense had its fair share of chances, with Korotkov hitting the crossbar on a power-play, and just narrowly missing a backdoor one-timer, compliments of a Stephen White pass. Nystrand found himself on a breakaway in the third, yet his backhand attempt was stymied by Flyers goaltender Stephen Palmer. Co-captain Guy Laporte opened the scoring for the Bombers, on an offensive zone face-off play. Just as Laporte looked like he was going to be stripped of the puck at the blueline, he made a quick move and threw a wrister on net. Palmer never saw it, as it slowly glided passed his shoulder. The Bombers found themselves down 3-1 in the second period, as they were given a 5-on-3 power play opportunity. Korotkov, Sramek, & White combined for some nice puck movement, ending with a Stephen White one-timer from 30 feet out, between the tops of the circles. Again, Palmer saw nothing, as Nystrand and Linehan were both parked at the top of the crease. Later in the period, on what was possibly the goal of the year, Jakub Sramek brought the score to 3-3. Johnny Linehan entered the zone on the left side, and with a streaking Sramek coming down the right, he played a backhand chip-to-area over a Flyers defenseman. Sramek, at full speed, took the pass off a hop, and one-timed it top shelf out of mid-air. It appeared as if that could be the momentum-changer the team was looking for. However, penalties at the end of the second period and start of the third resulted in a quick goal for the Flyers. They would add one more, mid-way through the final period, and cruise to a 5-3 victory, as the Bombers were tagged for three penalties in the final five minutes of play. The loss was the first road defeat for the Bombers, and hopefully, a wake up call in terms of what needs to be taken care of in the defensive zone to be a successful team in the WSHL. The Bombers have certainly showed their offensive prowess thus far, averaging nearly five goals per outing. Unfortunately, they have also been out-shot in every contest, and have lost both battles in which the offense did not finish on a few key scoring chances.
The Bombers will enjoy a bye week this weekend, and then play host to the San Diego Gulls on Friday, October 26 at Glacial Garden Skating Arena. The team currently sits in third place in the Pacific Division, behind the Fresno Monsters (6-0) and the Valencia Flyers (4-3-0-1).
Weekend Bombers Highlights: http://youtu.be/78iNbO_V-jE