‘BOLTS FIRST HOME WIN!:
The past weekend at their home of Evansville’s Swonder Ice Arena, the ThunderBolts broke through with their first-ever win at home, accomplishing the fabulous feat in gigantic, dynamic, late dramatic fashion before a large loud crowd. In laying claim to their second victory of this fledgling season on Friday night to the tune of a 3-2 success at the expense of Cincinnati, General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser’s character-driven aggregation surmounted a late second period 1-0 deficit with a GTG delivered by defenseman Brian Crink followed by two third period strikes. The first one stoked by team captain Jon Grimm (PPG) early in the third stanza at the 0:58 mark. However, the Friday night was meant to belong to Mathieu La- Forest as the St. Clair Shores, MI product connected on the ultimate TB/GWG late in the final frame at the 16:50 mark, a mere :08 after the Cincinnatians had equalized the contest at 2-2. The celebration which ensued was both magnificent and majestic as the long wait was finally over. The ThunderBolts and their growing legion of loyal fans were, at long last, rewarded in the most exciting, entertaining and electrifying ThunderBolts games played on home this campaign.
LIGHTNING BOLTS’ SHOTS:
Though the ThunderBolts could not quite attain their first-ever sweep of a weekend series and their first ever back-to-back set of victories, they, nevertheless, continued to play their game with full-out effort, uncompromising will and relentless intensity. Their spellbinding, spine-tingling 3-2 triumph Friday night was definitely one for the ages and Evansville hockey history. The team improvement has been so enormous that one can no longer measure its impact and overall effect on the NA3HL and the greater Evansville community. ThunderBolts home crowds are rapidly gaining in numbers as the enthusiasm, energy and support of our true hometown team becomes more avid, rabid and rampant.
“MUSIC CITY” BOUND:
Having concluded an extended four-game home stand with their recent weekend series split against visiting divisional rival Cincinnati, the ThunderBolts of Evansville are Nashville bound for the upcoming weekend. The ‘Bolts will be back on the road for the first time since January 9th when they clash with their formidable, fractious foes from the “Music City,” the Jr. Predators. The two-game series is set for this Friday night at 7:00 pm with the encore duel on the docket as a Saturday matinee feature, beginning at 3:00 pm. Radio broadcast times for both ‘Bolts bouts from Tennessee are set for 6:30 pm on Friday night and 2:30 pm on Saturday afternoon on Evansville’s WVHI-AM 1330 and on the world-wide internet at www.wvhi.com. Though the two Midwest Division adversaries have collided only twice thus far this season, the Jr. Preds have been the predominant team, prevailing by somewhat emphatic decisions of 7-1 on October 23rd in Evansville and 8-1, October 24th in Nashville.