By Dave Leaderhouse
FLIN FLON BOMBERS, RW
The talent pool from Fairbanks, Alaska, has produced three key parts of the Flin Flon Bombers squad this year and 19-year-old Ethan Daniels has turned his game up a notch heading down the final stretch of the regular season and into the post-season.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound forward had six points in his final five regular-season contests to finish his rookie Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League campaign with 16 goals and 16 helpers in 56 games. So far in the playoffs Daniels has collected three assists in helping Flin Flon knock off the Notre Dame Hounds in the Wild Card round and will now look to continue his improved play as the Bombers face the No.1-seeded Nipawin Hawks in the quarter-finals.
As is the case with his other Fairbanks teammates, Calvon Boots and Caleb Moretz, Daniels spent the last several seasons in the Colorado area first playing with the Pike Peaks Miners before moving on to the Rocky Mountain Roughriders. Daniels added another stop in his travels, however, as he also appeared in 15 games with the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the North American Hockey League last season.
Daniels posted 16-17-33 totals in 37 games over two seasons with the Miners before collecting six assists in his time spent with the Roughriders and Wildcats a year ago.
The Bombers are looking to make a third straight trip to the league final and to do that they will have to knock off a pair of teams that were substantially higher than them in the regular-season standings. With the improved play of Daniels, and others, they have a chance to do just that.
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