By Debbie Juniewicz
Dayton Daily News
FAIRBORN, Ohio — Roughing … slashing … cross-checking. As the Dayton Bombers’ frustration mounted in Game 3 of the Kelly Cup Finals, so, too, did the penalties.
A total of 23 penalty minutes were assessed to Dayton and Idaho in the final eight seconds of regulation play, plus a post-buzzer brawl, in the Steelheads’ 4-2 win over the Bombers on Sunday night.
“That was mostly our frustration with the way we were playing,” Bombers rookie Trevor Frischmon (pictured) said. “We made a lot of mental mistakes and it was frustrating to come out and play that way, especially with such a good crowd.”
The Bombers gave the Steelheads seven power-play opportunities, one of which led to an Idaho score.
“We didn’t give the fans what they came to see,” Dayton’s leading scorer Yannick Tifu said.
After opening the best-of-seven series with a win Wednesday on the road, the Bombers have posted a pair of losses. The Steelheads have outscored the Bombers 9-4 in their wins and lead the series 2-1.
The second effort has been missing for Dayton.
“We don’t go for the rebounds and they always have at least two guys in there every time,” Tifu said. “(Steve) Silverthorn is a good goalie but we’ve got to test him and we haven’t been doing that.”
While the Bombers and Steelheads hadn’t met on the ice since 2004, there aren’t any surprises — not anymore.
“They are a physical team and a fast team. We heard that and, now, we’ve seen it,” Frischmon said. “And they like to throw the puck to the net from all over the place.”
And what kind of team is Dayton?
“We’re an ugly team,” Tifu said with a smile. “But we work hard and we find a way to win.”
Finding a way to win this week on home ice is crucial.
“One thing is for sure, if we don’t wake up soon, Idaho will be walking around with the Cup Thursday,” Tifu said.
Bombers coach Don MacAdam agrees.
“There had best be an urgency to our game (tonight),” MacAdam said. “I certainly didn’t see it Sunday.”