Bombers’ Ayers Called Up To Syracuse

DAYTON, Ohio – The Dayton Bombers announced that goaltender Mike Ayers has been recalled by the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

The Bombers are the ECHL affiliate of the Crunch of the AHL and the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League.

The 25-year-old lost 6-5 in front of a sellout crowd of 5,361 at Toledo on Friday and won 4-2 in front of 7,218 against Toledo on Saturday.

Selected in the sixth round (177th overall) by Chicago in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the 25-year-old Ayers had a goals-against average of 2.90 and a save percentage of .913 in 51 games with the Bombers in his first professional season in 2004-05.

He was called up to the American Hockey League twice, going 1-0-1 with a goals-against average of 1.45 and a save percentage of .952 in two games with Cincinnati while also playing one game for Grand Rapids.

The 5-11 and 190-pound Ayers was 58-25-12 with 13 shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.49 and a save percentage of .914 in 102 career games with the University of New Hampshire. Ayers was named Hockey East Player of the Year in 2002-03 after going 27-8-6 with seven shutouts, including the first ever in a Hockey East Championship game, a goal-against average of 2.18 and a save percentage of .926.

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