EVANSVILLE, IN— With the countdown officially underway for their grand opening home weekend and formal unveiling to the hockey madhouse city of Evansville and the elite junior hockey league the Na3HL, the ThunderBolts are continuing the task at hand of applying some important finishing touches to their inaugural roster for the 2015-16 season.
On this date, ThunderBolts General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser has announced that experienced elite junior league goaltender Brian Forness has inked his deal and, in so doing, has become the third goalkeeper to join the club for the upcoming campaign.
Forness, 19, brings with him some established and accomplished credentials which are expected to enhance and enrich the organization when he dons the ThunderBolts coat of arms. Possessing the physical assets of a wide wing- span, the 6-3, 185lb American-bred from Chatham, New Jersey has demonstrated in the past his ability to really spread-out and really cover the net he protects. In 2014-15, performing his puck-detouring skills and talents with the Richmond Generals of the U.S. Premier Hockey League, Forness enjoyed an extraordinary season. Including post-season playoff competition, he saw action in 39-games, posting a supreme record of 20(14-6-0) with a stingy and stellar 2.44 GAA, 4-shutouts and SPCT of a superb .921.
An outstanding erstwhile goalkeeper in his own right, GM/Coach Fankhouser knows an outstanding backbone backstop when he sees one and the Coach firmly believes he has one in Forness. “I am very happy to add Brian to the ThunderBolts. Brian gives us some experience between the pipes as he has played juniors before. Not only is Brian a solid goaltender but academically, he has top-notch scores which will help him in his search for a great place to continue his hockey career. Furthermore, he is a big goalie who moves very well and thinks the game, which is a great trait for goaltenders at this level. I look forward to helping Brian develop this season and helping him achieve his goals. Also, Brian is one of our older players and I will look for him to give leadership both on and off the ice this season.”
Brian Forness joins Adam Conkling and Bryson Linenburgh to give the ThunderBolts three sound and solid goaltenders for their maiden voyage season.