Bombers Add Local Netminder Ayres

by Chris White

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the signing of local ’99-born goaltender, Matthew Ayres. The 6’2, 180lb left-catching netminder is from Calabasas, California. Last season, he played for the California Wave U18 program, along with current Bombers forward, Johnny Hoang.

Ayres shined brightest in crunch time, as he posted a .948 Save Percentage and 1.66 Goals Against Average, in the CAHA State Playoffs. He started all three playoff games for the 5th-seeded Wave team. Ayres started 13 of the team’s 20 regular season games.

Long Beach’s bonafide number one goaltender, Domenic Bosetti, commented, "He seems like a hardworking kid who is ready to step up his game to the next level.” Ayres has been putting in extra work with Bombers Goaltending Coach, Gary Elliott, as he looks to compete for the back-up role in his rookie junior campaign.

Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, added, “Matty is a big kid that takes up a lot of net. He has a great attitude; real focused and eager to improve. We like his competitiveness and upside. It’s certainly a luxury to have Dom (Domenic Bosetti) back, as it gives us the opportunity to lean on him while our younger rookie goaltenders adapt and adjust to the speed of the game, at this level. Matty has a nice three-year window to hone his craft and put himself in a position to earn a collegiate roster spot."