In Maryland IBLA action, the Baltimore Bombers welcomed the Golden Bears for a playoff clash on Friday evening.The Golden Bears received goals from no fewer than nine players in getting the best of the Bombers, 14-9.
Baltimore found themselves short handed with only 11 runners that resulted in the Golden Bears taking advantage and wearing down the Baltimore runners,
Matt Hickman (2g,1a) opened the scoring at the 5:29 mark giving the Bears a lead they would never give up. Just two minutes later, Quinn Tallent (4g) got the equalizer and the wild first stanza was undrway.
Joe French (2g,1a) and Ryan McLaughlin (2g) boosted the Bears to a 3-1 edge. Ben Todd (1g) and Tallent scoring on a transition goal that was set up by Tony Millon (1a), knotted things up again at 3-3.
The Bears then went on their first run of the match with French setting up Killan Gallagher on the man up, French doing it himself followed by Matthew Brigham (1g) to close the opening twenty minutes with the Bears holding a 6-3 lead.
Josh Sanchez (2g) notched goals at 1;:38 then again at !!10:53 on the advantage to cut the lead to 6-5.McLaughlin and Tallant exchanged lamp lighters but, with just :49 on the clock,Gallagher nailed his second to take us the the final stanza with Baltimore facing an uphill challenge.
“We played so good. It was a one goal contest but they got us in the second part of the third.” explained Bomber Tony Millon.
Thomas Bethune (1g) created the one goal situation at the :28 mark but, the Bears were primed for another run furnished by, Brian Beatson (1g), Joe Crawford (1g) and Gallagher and at the 7:42 mark, it suddenly was a five goal difference at 12-7.
Allen Hockenberry (1g) ended the uprising at 9:37. Could the Bombers pull off the comeback?
Cole Abid (1g) matched the Hockenberry marker and the Bears simply needed to run out the clock. Tallant collected his fourth but Hickman hit rope on the advantage to end the scoring.
Head Coach and GM of the Bombers, Larry Fila had this to say, “So proud of the this team tonight. We only had 12 warriors for tonight’s game, and they left it all on the floor. They almost pulled it off against the 22 man roster of the Bears. Would go to war with this band of brothers any time, Love these guys!!! Go Bombers!”