NEXT HOME GAME: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23RD VS. NASHVILLE 7:30 PM; GAME TICKETS ONLY $5
*** ALL THUNDERBOLTS GAMES ARE BROADCAST LIVE ON EVANSVILLE’S WVHI-AM 1330 ***
LIGHTNING BOLT SHOTS:
The NA3HL expansion entry from Evansville is moving forward with much greater promise and anticipation than ever before in the elite junior team’s short history. Under the astute and argute auspices of General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser, the ThunderBolts have broached their first-ever foreign ice expedition with a confidence-brimming condition. In their past weekend series in Peoria, the hometown team with the big ‘Bolts crest emblazoned on their chest showed their most marked improvement yet in two highly and fiercely competitive contests against intra-divisional rivals from the Illini state, the Mustangs. In the process, the Coach and company have galvanized and energized as they collectively approach the next trio of outings in this present five-game road mission. The State of Indiana’s only exclusive elite junior hockey team is seeing and projecting even better days and games ahead for the remainder of this month, and for that matter, the balance of the current campaign.
THE DIVISION DELINEATED:
While the ThunderBolts are advancing ever so closer to the sweet toast of victory vintage, they have progressed to the point where fellow formidable, fractious foes from their own Midwest Division must be prepared to compete at the highest level to consider capturing the conquest in the contest. The standings in the division in the present tense form: 1-St. Louis 10(9-1-0)18; the Jr. Blues have won 6-in a row; 2- Peoria 10(6-4-0)12; won 2-consecutively; 3- Nashville 9(5-4-0)10; won 3-in succession; 4- Cincinnati 8(4-4-0)8 lost 2-straight; Evansville 8(0-8-0)0.
Following a season-launching six-game home stand, the ThunderBolts embark on their first- ever sojourn into NA3HL enemy territory when they trekked to Peoria for a two-game weekend series colliding with the Mustangs. In game one Saturday night, the ‘Bolts exuded an inspired brand of hockey in a 3-1 result. Local product Jon Grimm accounted for his club’s lone goal, unassisted, midway through the third stanza. Adam Conkling turned-in his third consecutive strong, stellar start, repelling 56-shots. Evansville built confidence and mountains of momentum in the Sunday matinee encore presentation in a hard-luck, snake-bitten setback of 5-4. The ThunderBolts were gallant, valiant, resilient and buoyant despite the ultimate outcome as they surmounted a daunting deficit of 4-1 at the 10:30 mark of the middle period to stage a remarkable comeback counterattack crescendo to the tune of a three-goal rally to forge a 4-4 deadlock by the midpoint juncture of the third frame. Triston Theriot equalized matters at 4-4 near the halfway mark of period three. Perhaps, the fledgling club earned and deserved a better fate and destiny in the Sunday finale.