Comeback Falls Short

A comeback falls short, 16-13. The Baltimore Bombers (2-2) returned to the William J. Myers Pavilion to face the Westminster Wild (3-0) in a crucial IBLA Maryland battle. The affair was only 6 minutes old. The Bombers were staring at a 4-0 deficit courtesy of a Hunter Davis (1g) man-up goal. This was followed by Johnathan Thelen (2g,2a), Nate Howard (1g), and Will Smith (4g) converting a pretty setup from Justin Case (1a) and Spencer Love.

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Sean Reilly (1g) cut the deficit to 4-1 but, Thelen had an answer. Josh Sanchez (5G) countered. Doug Schulkin (1g), Mitchell Howell (3g) followed by Spencer Love (2g,3a) each lit the lamp to make it 8-2 after the first stanza. The Bombers took flight. They turned the tables with their own eight-goal period. This was fueled by, Ben Todd (3g,2a) notching a pair after Thelen set up Will Smith (4g). Not that Will Smith, pushed it a 9-2 game.

The Bombers were loaded and took flight. Todd set up Quinn Tallent (1g) followed by markers from, Thomas Bethune (2g), Todd with a pretty feed that Sanchez buried. Todd getting his third off a Kyle Worsely (1a) set up that closed it to a 9-8 game. Love was the playmaker on a Howell man-advantage marker. Hunter Davis (1g) widening the margin to 11-8 to close the second.

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Howell and Love hit net a minute twenty seconds apart with Sanchez supplying a man-up answer. Thelen then Thelen setting up Smith countered by Sanchez brought us to the final :20 when the Thelen-Sanchez combo went back to work to end the 16-13 contest.

With the victory, the Wild sit at the top of the Maryland standings with the Bombers behind them. Shots on goal had The Wild with a 43-27 advantage with Christian Koch stopping 14 of the 27 for the Wild. The Bombers used both netminders with Julian Flores turning aside 5 of the 13 shots he faced in his twenty minutes. Ian Callahan went the final two stanzas making 22 saves on the 30 shots he faced. A comeback falls short for the Bombers.

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