By Debbie Juniewicz
Dayton Daily News
FAIRBORN, Ohio — There was little consolation for Dayton Bombers goaltender Adam Berkhoel — not even his 51 saves.
“It wasn’t enough,” Berkhoel said. “You can play well, but if you don’t come away with the win, you’re never satisfied.
“And this one definitely hurt because it would have been a momentum shift.”
The Bombers 2-1 double-OT loss Tuesday left the Bombers down but not out.
“It’s definitely not over,” Berkhoel said. “Our goal now is to get back to Idaho.”
The Bombers trail the Steelheads 3-1 in the best-of-seven ECHL Kelly Cup finals, but that’s not an insurmountable lead. Dayton trailed Cincinnati 3-1 in the North Division finals and won the next three games. Florida had home-ice advantage for the final game of the American Conference finals, and again, Dayton came out ahead.
“All year, it’s been a matter of us fighting through tough times,” Berkhoel said. “But, as much as we’ve been good at coming back, Idaho has been good at closing out their series.”
While the Bombers have been pushed to a seventh game twice in the postseason, the Steelheads have finished every series in five or six games.
After 21 postseason games, the Bombers will need to dig deep to dig out of the hole this time around.
“When you’ve already played a second Game 7 and you know you’ll have to go to a third Game 7 to win the Cup, it’s a daunting task,” Bombers coach Don MacAdam said. “But this is an impressive group, and if anybody can do it, they can.”