TAKING OFF WITH THE THUNDERBOLTS:
In their inaugural weekend as a bona-fide NA3HL team franchise, the Evansville ThunderBolts made history on two storied fronts. When they took the ice for their official debut as a fledgling franchise, the ThunderBolts became the first-ever Indiana-based team to operate in the NA3HL. Moreover, the ThunderBolts officially became the only, exclusive elite junior hockey team in the entire State of Indiana. Despite launching the 2015-16 campaign without an on-ice ultimate success, the ‘Bolts performed with great effort, heart, soul and gallantry against a veteran-imbued Point Mallard Ducks squadron bent on Silver Cup aspirations this season. In the process, the newly-minted ThunderBolts endeared themselves to their growing leather-lunged legion of fans showing much premium promise as the infant season unfolds.
MIDWEST DIVISION DELEGATION:
The ThunderBolts 2(0-2-0)0, are operating in their 2015-16 maiden voyage season as members of the NA3HL Midwest Division where proximate, geographic rivalries will be accented. Evansville will be competing with such familiar, nearby teams and haunts as the Cincinnati Thunder, Nashville Jr.
Predators, Peoria Mustangs and St. Louis Jr. Blues. Also on their schedule are two South Division foes; namely the Atlanta Capitals and the Point Mallard Ducks with the latter club hailing from Decatur, Alabama.
OPENING RECORD REPORT:
Evansville completed its initial weekend sustaining back-to-back setbacks at the expense of the high-voltage, high-powered quack-attack of the Point Mallard Ducks. Friday night, on opening night, before a boisterous, vociferous throng in full-throat, the ‘Bolts seemed to simply run out of time in a 5-4 outcome. Though never leading in the contest, GM/Coach Scott Fankhouser’s aggregation nation played with great zeal and gargantuan gusto as on 4-occasions they diminished their deficit to a scant singleton before the master game time piece betrayed them. In the second installment of the opening weekend series, the Ducks asserted their prowess in an 8-2 conquest.