LIGHTNING BOLT SHOTS:
This past weekend, the Evansville ThunderBolts both encountered and experienced the many and various adventures of road travels in the world of hockey as members of the NA3HL elite junior hockey league. Under the tutorship of General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser, the ThunderBolts were limited to playing only the second game of a scheduled two-game weekend series in Atlanta against their South Division rivals, the Capitals. Game #1 scheduled for Friday night had to be postponed to a later date when the ‘Bolts bus, in route to the State of Georgia metropolis, incurred a major breakdown. The second installment of the series was played on Saturday afternoon with Atlanta prevailing over Evansville, 5-1. Game one will be re-scheduled at a later date still to be determined.
THE DIVISIONAL DOSSIER:
Though the ThunderBolts have come up somewhat short through their initial 9- decisions, sharp improvement is being realized. The single roadblock confronting the expansion franchise at this time is the spate of injuries that have befallen the club. Nevertheless the toast of the first victory appears to be looming closer on the horizon. In the Midwest Division Standings: 1-St. Louis 12(9-2-1)19; 2-Peoria 11(7-4-0)14; 3-Nashville 10(5-5-0)10; 4-Cincinnati 10(4-6-0)8.
Due to the trials and tribulations of hockey travel on the exceedingly long runway at extremely low altitude, the ThunderBolts had to settle for an abbreviated single game mission in Atlanta where on Saturday afternoon, they trembled to the torrid Capitals, 5-1. The final outcome was not truly indicative of how the contest transpired as Evansville kept the tied at 1-1 for the preponderance of the second period when right wing Billy Bonser notched his 5th goal of the early campaign at the 2:03 mark. A three-goal unanswered third period spree proved to be the differentiating factor in the final result. Outshot, 39-12, the ThunderBolts power play, which has been one of the team’s bright lights was 0-4 in the setback.