Bombers Fortify Goaltender Position With Genter Signing

by Bombers Staff

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the signing of goaltender, Matthew Genter. The Westminster, CA native stands 6’0, and weighs 180lbs. The left-catching netminder was born April 27, 2001. Last season, he played for the Everett Jr. Silvertips U16AAA team.

The Jr. Silvertips competed in the NAPHL, where they finished 1st in the regular season, with a 15-1-0-1 record. The team allowed just 25 Goals Against in 17 Games Played. Much of that was due to their stellar play between the pipes, including Genter, who finished the season with a 1.61 Goals-Against-Average and .932 Save Percentage. Prior to Everett, Genter played for the San Diego Gulls U15 team.

Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “I had a chance to see Matthew skate, this Summer, which led to an invitation to Main Camp. He’s definitely going to fall into the ‘young goaltender’ category, but I think he has a lot of raw talent and competitiveness. It’s yet to be seen what he will do in game situations, but I get the impression that he is a gamer. We’ve seen the typical ups and downs of a seventeen year-old goalie, throughout a month of practices, but we’re excited to watch him grow and develop. I’m eager to see him step into the crease when it really matters. I think he has a great opportunity, right now, and we’ll see where that leads us.”

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Q & A with Matthew Genter:

Last season, you put up stellar numbers with the Everett Jr Silvertips NAPHL U16AAA club. Being from Southern California, how did you end up in Washington, and what was that experience like?

I had been in contact with my goalie coach, Jenner (James Jensen) and Tyler Maxwell, who both had some connections with a 16uAAA team in Washington. I decided to fly up and give it a shot. It was definitely a big change for me, moving away from home for the first time, and living with a new family. Overall, it was a great year.

You have now been on the ice with the Bombers for a month. How do you feel you are adjusting to the junior level, and older competition?

It’s quite the adjustment from 16u; the shots are harder, the pace is faster, and players are more mature. As I put in more hours at the junior level, I’m able to focus on bad habits and become a better goaltender. 

Having seen the squad, first-hand, tell us about some of the players... Who has the hardest shot? Who is the best on breakaways? Who has the best release? 

The Bombers have some serious fire power this year. Tomas Urbanec has a high caliber shot that’s super accurate, making it even tougher to stop. Artem Korolev is a magician with a puck, on breakaways. Every player has something to bring to the table this year. 

Going into your rookie season, alongside a veteran goaltender in Domenic Bosetti, what are you going to be focusing on?

Bosetti is a great goalie, using his technical side and athletic part of his game to his advantage. I’m looking forward to watching him play and learning from him. My main focus Is to develop and get better with everyday that passes. 

What are your expectations for the team, in this Friday's Home Opener, at The RINKS - Lakewood ICE?

We need to take it one period at a time and come out on top. It would be huge confidence booster for us to win our first game of the season at home.