LIGHTNING BOLTS’ SHOTS:
Having been idle since their last game back on December 19th at Minnesota in the NA3HL’s Annual Showcase Event, the ThunderBolts return to the ice Tuesday, December 29th at their hockey home of Swonder Ice Arena. General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser will lead his club as it re-convenes at 10:00 am for practice to broach the second half of the squad’s inaugural season. Though they keep coming closer each game, each time out, the ‘Bolts still remain winless through 25-games. However, the ThunderBolts continue to show a growing confidence and unrelenting will to win as demonstrated in their most recent games leading to the Christmas recess break.
ALABAMA BUS BOUND:
This upcoming weekend, Evansville will continue 11-consecutve games away from home bay when it launches the New Year with a pair of clashes in Decatur, Alabama against their South Division rivals, the Point Mallard Ducks. Game #1 is set for the docket this Saturday, January 2nd at 6:00 pm with game #2 being a Sunday, January 3rd matinee feature, commencing at 2:00 pm. Radio broadcast times will be 5:30 pm on Saturday and 1:30 pm on Sunday on Evansville’s WVHI-AM 1330.
The ThunderBolts have tangled truculently against the Ducks through four previous encounters thus far this season with the latter club carving out a 4(4-0-0) advantage, outscoring the ‘Bolts, 24-12. Evansville is 2(0-2-0) on home ice, bowing on their season’s opening weekend, September 18th and 19th by results of 5-4 and 8-2. In the most recent combat bouts, December 4th and 5th, also in Decatur, the ThunderBolts achieved significant second period leads only to fall prey to Point Mallard back-to-back 4-goal third period rallies in 5-3 and 6-3 setbacks. Ducks’ center Jake Champaign prospered at Evansville’s expense that weekend, firing 5-goals in the
two games. The power play factor has been paramount in this 8-games’ season series with the Ducks extra man band percolating at 8-21; 38.1% while the ‘Bolts are 4-18 at 22.2% proficiency rating. The fateful final frame appears to have been the name of the game in the head-to-head confrontations as the Ducks have out-goaled the ‘Bolts, 12-5.