After Playing 7 of last 8 On the Road Thunderbolts Return Home This Weekend


Having been battling abroad by way of playing 7 of their last 8-games in the hostile territory of alien ice, the Evansville ThunderBolts of the NA3HL elite junior hockey league return home to the friendly climes and environs of their home ice of Swonder Ice Arena. Under the tutorship of General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser, the fledgling franchise will remain at its homestead for the remainder of November as they launch a four-game home stand at “Hockey Swonder” beginning this weekend when the Peoria Mustangs come to town. Though still in search of that ostensibly elusive initial triumph, Evansville did enjoy and achieve some sound and solid periods of hockey the past weekend at Midwest Division-leading St. Louis. However, GM/Coach Fankhouser continues to coax and cajole his club for more overall consistency for a full 60-minutes of game competition. The ThunderBolts appear to be attaining major progress and inroads in this vital department but are not quite there as of yet. They seem to be getting ever so closer.


When the ThunderBolts lock horns this upcoming weekend with the “rock’em, sock’em” Peoria Mustangs at Swonder Ice Arena, they will be broaching an extended four-game home stand which will keep them here in Evansville for the balance of November. The’Bolts will battle and bruise with the Peorians both Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm looking to avenge a pair of blade close setbacks they were saddled with one month ago in the Illinois hamlet. In an intense, physical two-game series, The ThunderBolts were edged by results of 3-1 on October 10th and 5-4 on October 11th. In the latter contest, the ‘Bolts overcame a 4-1 third period deficit with a remarkable 3-goal rally which forged a 4-4 deadlock before the Mustangs muscled their way into the victory circle with a late tie-breaking strike.


The ThunderBolts are presenting some “primo” promos this upcoming weekend to make the fans and Swonder sway. This Friday night has been designated as “College Night.” All college students with proper ID will get two tickets for the price of one!! It’s also “Bolts Coozie Night.” The first 500-fans will receive a nifty ThunderBolts “Coozie” on this special night of elite junior hockey excitement and entertainment. Then on Saturday night, Penn Station presents its first of three “Penn Station Eating Contests” for some outstanding prizes from Penn Station East Coast Subs. On both nights, the Tri-State Food Bank will be in attendance to collect canned goods and other food products to feed the needy of the Tri-State during the upcoming holiday season.