DAYTON, Ohio – The Dayton Bombers announced that they have been assigned goaltender Mike Ayers and rookie defenseman Mark Flood 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 Ayers made 28 saves in a 3-2 win at Toronto on Wednesday. He lost 6-5 in front of a sellout crowd of 5,361 at Toledo on October 21 and won 4-2 in front of 7,218 against Toledo on October 22.
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.
Selected in the sixth round (188th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the 21-year-old Flood has played two games with Syracuse. The 6-foot-1 and 180-pound Flood played four years for Peterborough in the Ontario Hockey League where he had 119 points (25g-94a) and 83 penalty minutes in 253 regular season games and 12 points (3g-9a) and two penalty minutes in 27 playoff games.