By Debbie Juniewicz
Dayton Daily News
DAYTON, Ohio – Mapquest said it was a 3-hour, 50-minute trip. Petr Pohl made it to Dayton from Youngstown in three hours Tuesday.
“I really wanted to play,” Pohl said with a smile. “I didn’t want to drive here for no reason.”
The right wing, who was reassigned by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday afternoon, rushed into the Nutter Center as the Dayton Bombers were skating onto the ice for pregame warm-ups. Pohl raced to the locker room and managed to get on the ice for a few minutes.
“I was a little sore from all the time in the car, so I was glad to get out there even for a little bit,” he said.
Pohl, who skated with the Bombers last season, sparked the offense with an early assist as Dayton defeated Reading, 3-2, in front of a crowd of 2,804 at the Nutter Center on Tuesday.
“We got the win, and that’s what matters,” Pohl said.
Pohl put up some big numbers with the Central Hockey League’s Youngstown SteelHounds — 24 goals and 41 assists in 56 games this season — but didn’t make the 19-man playoff roster. When the opportunity to continue the season in Dayton presented itself, Pohl packed his bag.
“I had a great season in Youngstown, but I’m glad to be here now,” the Czech Republic native said. “I just want to play hockey.”
That’s exactly the attitude Bombers coach Bill McDonald is looking for.
“We want guys who want to play,” McDonald said. “We don’t care what their numbers were somewhere else, we figure we’ll be in the playoffs and we want guys coming with us who believe.”