Baltimore Bombers (2-0) kick-off week two with 14-11 defeat of the Golden Bears (1-1) at the Walter J. Myers Pavilion. Joe French nailed six goals with three helpers. It just wasn’t enough to offset the offensive prowess of the Bombers who got goals from nine different players and an 8-3 first period.
To the Action
It took just :32 for French to hit rope. A goal exchange ensued with Erik Holt (1 g, 1a) and Dylan Maltz (2g, 1a). With just 2:51 played, the Bears were up, 2-1. Baltimore turned up the jets with a four-goal run fueled by Allen Hickenberry (2a) setting up Jordan Hall (3g) at 3:54, defensive specialist. Tony Millon (1g) recording an unassisted marker forty-five seconds after Hall, Netminder Josh Sanchez set up Quinn Tallent (2g) on the man up at 7:19 followed by Jeff Joy (2g):40 later to put the Bombers up, 5-2.
Maltz got the helper on another French tally to momentarily stop the run.
Baltimore was in a different gear and Ben Ward (1g), Tallent, and Hall each earned their second with Kyle Worsley (2a) getting the helper on both. The curtain closed on the 8-3 score. The Bears awoke from their slumber and Brian Beatson (2g) cutting it to an 8-4 disadvantage. The aforementioned Millon was cited for a five-minute boarding violation to give the Bears some hope. A little over a minute into the advantage, Noah Daniels was given a minor.
The French Onslaught
French set up Killian Gallagher (1g) then French was the catalyst on another Beatson goal. The two power-play goals seemed to rejuvenate the Bears but Baltimore had something to say about it. Daniels (1g) came out of the box and notched a short-handed goal to seize momentum back. Thomas Bethune (2g) at 10:19 and again at 14:55 counteracted the Bears surge. Sean Reilly (1g) added another shorthanded Bombers marker but French would get his third with just 1:47 to play in the second with a 12-7 Baltimore edge.
Hiickenberry was the catalyst on a Jeff Joy man-up goal that once again awoke the Bears. Maltz and a pair from French :34 apart with the second on the man up closed the gap to 13-10 with 4:22 remaining. Hall secured his hat trick and French added number six to close the physical 14-11 contest.
Dis and Dat
How special were the Special teams? The Bears were 4 of 6 on the advantage and Baltimore went 2 for 3 and threw in a pair of short-handed goals. Shots were 32-31 for the Bombers with Julian Flores stopping 20 of 31 and adding an assist. Parker Hylton stopped 18 in the Golden Bears net. Baltimore Bombers (2-0) kick-off week two with a bang!