BOMBERS BRING BACK VETERAN NETMINDER BOSETTI
The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the re-signing of goaltender, Domenic Bosetti. The September 3, 1998-born Long Beach native will be entering his 4th WSHL season. He leads the franchise in Wins (62), Saves (2289), Time On Ice (4818 Minutes), and Shutouts (12).
Last year could be considered a down-season, for Bosetti, despite a 22-9-2 record. His stat line of 3.56GAA & .901SV% was well below his career averages of 2.65GAA & .915SV%. Nonetheless, the veteran will head into his final season of junior hockey with a career record of 62-16-3, three-straight Western Division Championships, and two consecutive Thorne Cup Finals appearances. Over the last two seasons, he has played the equivalent of more than 71 games. He has faced over 2,500 shots in his career, and is closing in on 5,000 Minutes Played. His 2017-2018 Goals Against Average was 1.5 goals higher than 2016-2017, due in part to playing through injuries and carrying a heavy load of starts.
If Bosetti can regain his form of 2016-2017, he could be in for a special final season. He has back-to-back seasons of 1,000+ saves, and is the WSHL’s active career Wins leader. The super vet should be re-focused and energized to make one last run at a Thorne Cup. He currently sits 8th in Career Games Played for goaltenders, and projects to move into 2nd place, by season’s end.
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “We are thrilled to have Dom back for his final junior season. He will be the most veteran player on the roster, and knows what it takes to make it to Ogden, in April, for the Thorne Cup Finals. I expect him to have a big bounce-back year. He is an elite competitor that never quits, and he’s a great teammate. This is a big year for him, and with it being our 25th anniversary season, we’re hoping he’s saved his best for last. It’s very comforting to know we’ll go into the season with a goaltender that has pretty much done it all, in this league, aside from raise the trophy.”
Domenic’s Player Profile: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/364163/domenic-bosetti
Q & A WITH DOMENIC BOSETTI:
Despite a .667 Win Percentage, last year, you had a down season, statistically. What are you focused on, as you approach your final junior season?
This is my last year of junior hockey, so I’m focused on, and dedicated to, putting everything I have into this season to help push this year’s squad to a Thorne Cup Championship.
Having played three seasons with the Bombers, let's get a goalie's perspective about some of Long Beach's best players, throughout your career. Who had the hardest shot? Who was the best on breakaways? Who had the best release? Which defenseman was best on one-on-ones? Who has hit you in the head the most, in practice?
The hardest shot would have to go to either Cal Owens or Amir Burguev. The best at breakaways was definitely Anton Bowallius. The best release was Nils Holterberg. Oleg Senko was undoubtedly the best at 1-on-1s. Cal Owens hit me in the head the most.
The Bombers will have a lot of new faces, in 2018-2019. As a veteran, and leader, what will be some of the early expectations and focal points, for the team?
I expect us to come out of the gate wanting to win every game and not throw away any easy points that we’ll end up needing come playoffs.
You and the Bombers have won three-straight Western Division Championships, but have failed to reach a Thorne Cup Championship game. What do you think this team can do differently, to make that next step towards a Thorne Cup title?
I feel as the season goes on, we need to build our on-ice and off-ice chemistry to a point that that hasn’t been achieved in past seasons. This will give us an advantage come playoffs, that hopefully will push and motivate the guys to that next step to win the championship.
Which teammate are you going to miss most, from last season's team?
Last year, we had a bunch of great guys that I will really miss, but I don’t know what Bombers hockey will be like without Amir Burguev. I’ll definitely feel it, not seeing him there everyday at practice.