THUNDERBOLTS AT POINT MALLARD DUCKS
Following their Thanksgiving holiday recess, the ThunderBolts resume NA3HL league action this upcoming weekend when they make their first-ever excursion to Decatur, Alabama where they will launch a two-game weekend series against the Point Mallard Ducks. Under the direction of General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser, the ThunderBolts have been idle since November 21st when they absorbed a somewhat bitter defeat on home ice at Swonder Ice Arena against the powerhouse Atlanta Capitals, 6-5. This weekend’s two game series against the Ducks is set for this Friday night, December 4th at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 5th at 6:00 pm. Both ‘Bolts games, as all of the team’s league games are broadcast live on Evansville’s WVHI-AM 1330. The game broadcasts for this weekend will be 7:00 pm on Friday and 5:30 pm for Saturday’s encore engagement.
‘BOLTS / DUCKS BREAKDOWN
While the ThunderBolts continue to show much improvement with each succeeding outing, they remain in quest with zest of their initial victory as a fledgling, expansionist member club of the NA3HL. Four of Evansville’s past 9-games have been determined by a scant single goal margin, though, the team is 5(0-5-0) overall in such decisions. As for Point Mallard, the second-year league franchise has been extraordinary as reflected in its overall record through 20-games of 20(16-3-1) totaling 33-points. Under the guidance of veteran junior GM/Coach Tom Winkler, the Ducks are presently waging a fierce three-way battle for the South Division’s top perch with first place Texas 22(17-3-2) 36 and Atlanta 21(16-4-1) 33. Having played 16 of their first 20-games away, the Point Mallard club is unsullied at home 4(3-0-1).
‘BOLTS / DUCKS SEASON SERIES
This weekend series will mark the first time these two inter-divisional rivals have collided since back on the opening weekend of the season, September 18th and 19th, at Swonder Ice Arena. The visitors extracted triumphs on consecutive nights by results of 5-4 and 8-2. The two teams will clash 8- times this season with 4 of those dates here in Evansville and 4-more at Point Mallard. Evansville is 5(0-5-0) against the South Division; the Ducks are 8(6-1-1) when stepping outside their divisional boundaries when meeting Midwest Division opposition.