Bombers’ Tifu Benefiting From Good Teammates

By Debbie Juniewicz
Staff Writer
Dayton Daily News

DAYTON, Ohio – Yannick Tifu loved hockey growing up, but he preferred the street version for a while.

“I started playing when I was 3, but I fell on the ice and then I was scared to get back out there,” Tifu said. “I didn’t get back on the ice until I was 7.”

The 22-year-old center, who grew up near Quebec, was traded to the Dayton Bombers from the Phoenix Roadrunners early this season. He takes an eight-game point streak (three goals, eight assists) into Friday’s game at the Nutter Center against the ECHL North Division rival Reading Royals.

The third-place Bombers hope to get back on track after two road losses last weekend. With six points separating the first-place Cincinnati Cyclones (52) and sixth-place Reading (46), every game is significant.

“We’ve got a really good team when we play 60 minutes of hockey,” Tifu said. “But, sometimes, we forget to play all 60 minutes.”

And his success?

“We’re not a one-man team,” he said. “I’m getting a lot of points because I’m playing with good players.”