LIGHTNING BOLT SHOTS:
Through their initial four games of a season-launching, franchise inaugurating six- game home-stand the Evansville ThunderBolts of the NA3HL elite junior hockey league continue to exhibit exceptional improvement against their fellow fractious foes from both their own Midwest Division and the South Division. Under the auspices of General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser, the State of Indiana’s only elite junior hockey team produced its best and foremost performance of the embryonic season the past Saturday night on home ice at Swonder Ice Arena against division archenemy Cincinnati. Despite the defeat in the Saturday night contest, the entire ThunderBolts organization was both energized and exhilarated over the fledgling club’s continued total effort and overall performance, foreseeing much more improvement, and with it, plenty of better days straight ahead.
MIDWEST DIVISION DIARY:
With their initial two weeks of their maiden voyage campaign completed, the ThunderBolts are still in quest with zest of that elusive initial victory. At 4(0-4-0), the Evansville club is positioned in fifth place in the Midwest Division alignment with St. Louis, Peoria and Cincinnati creating a logjam at the division vanguard. Nashville embarks on the new week residing in fourth place ahead of the ThunderBolts. The home team’s schedule is heavily weighted toward divisional action, colliding with St .Louis and Peoria eight times each and Nashville and Cincinnati each six times. Outside their division, the ‘Bolts tangle with South Division foes Atlanta and Point Mallard both eight times.
THE SE COND SUMMARY: For the second week of the 2015-16 NA3HL season, the ThunderBolts hosted Cincinnati in a two-game series at Hockey Swonder. Despite a remarkable comeback counterattack crescendo Friday night when they overcame a 3-0 second period deficit to forge a 3-3 deadlock, Evansville trembled late in an 8-5 setback. However, the 5-goal output represented the best single game offensive output by the expansionists while the vaunted power play sustained its potency and proficiency, percolating a pair of strikes. Saturday night, in, perhaps, their best overall game of the inchoate campaign, the ‘Bolts bowed to the rejuvenated Thunder, 4-1. Once again, the power play was at the focal point with the ‘Bolts sole goal the product of the extra man band.