By Debbie Juniewicz
Dayton Daily News
FAIRBORN, Ohio – Dan Riedel plays one hockey position but has two roles for the Dayton Bombers.
“I’m confident as a scorer,” the Michigan native said. “But I also try to keep the guys a little loose. I’m not a very serious guy, I like to have some fun and joke around.”
Whatever Riedel is doing, it’s working. At 3-0, the Bombers are off to their best start in five seasons. The 23-year-old forward has four goals and an assist.
“Getting off to a good start, individually and as a team, is always important,” Riedel said. “I’m just trying to do my job.”
Team chemistry has helped make Riedel’s job easier.
“This is one of the tighter teams I’ve played on,” he said. “Everyone gets along, nobody is above anyone else.
“And when you are in a tight game, that closeness helps because you want to do your best for the team.”
Riedel spent last season in Muskegon, Mich., (IHL) and bounced around the ECHL during the 2006-07 season, playing for Toledo, Phoenix and Pensacola, Fla.
“My suitcase was always packed,” he said. “My preference though, unless I’m moving up, is to stay put.”
The Bombers’ talent and teamwork will be tested this weekend with three games in three nights. Dayton faces the North Division-leading Wheeling Nailers on the road on Friday and then hosts Cincinnati and Johnstown on Saturday and Sunday.
“We had a good start, but we know we can’t get lazy or complacent,” Riedel said. “These are division games.”