By Mark Gokavi
Dayton Daily News
BOISE, Idaho — The Dayton Bombers coaching staff called out the team after Friday night’s sloppy 5-2 loss to Idaho.
“We win a game on the road, then we don’t show up for the next one,” associate head coach Derek Clancey said. “It’s hard to believe that we’re a championship team when you play like that.
“We didn’t deserve to win and we didn’t. It was like men against boys out there.”
The Bombers capitalized on a couple of mistakes in Wednesday’s 2-1 Game 1 victory in the ECHL’s Kelly Cup finals. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1 heading into Sunday’s game at the Nutter Center.
Idaho forced Dayton into more than a handful of gaffes. The Steelheads took a 3-0 lead by cashing in on a turnover, a routine blue-line slap shot and a terrific top-shelf shot.
“I don’t think that we played a whole lot better the first game,” Dayton defenseman Lane Manson said. “I think we got some bounces (Wednesday), and they got some bounces (Friday). But you earn the bounces.”
The Bombers scored two power-play goals to get to 3-2, but a penalty on another man-advantage led to Greg Rallo‘s third goal. And Idaho converted on a 5-on-3 power play.
“We don’t have any adjustments other than work hard,” Clancey said. “When we turn pucks over in our own zone, we turn them over between the blue lines, take bad penalties, you don’t win games.”
Dayton coach and co-owner Don MacAdam said the Bombers’ response will set the tone: “What we bring (Sunday) is going to tell everybody whether we’re going to be in this series or we’re not.”