LIGHTNING BOLTS’ SHOTS:
The ThunderBolts are in celebration mode for this Monday! For the first time ever, the ThunderBolts are toasting triumph! The ‘Bolts are savoring the sweet success of victory as a bona fide franchise and enterprise in the elite junior hockey league, the NA3HL. General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser’s patience, persistence and perseverance are all being rewarded in grand fashion and in grand style and profile following the ‘Bolts brilliant come-from-behind 7-4 triumph Sunday at Point Mallard against the very formidable and redoubtable Ducks hockey club. From the ThunderBolts perspective, it is an absolutely extraordinary way to launch the New Year of 2016 for the City of Evansville’s first-ever elite junior hockey team and the State of Indiana’s only exclusive elite junior hockey club. The fabric, fiber, fortitude and character of this expansion team have never been compromised. The ThunderBolts have always played with heart, soul and total commitment to the city and the state where they play and live since day #1. They have truly earned victory #1. Hail to our ThunderBolts! The best is still to come!!
WIN ONE FOR HISTORY:
In achieving their historical first-ever victory, the ThunderBolts were relentless, overcoming three separate one-goal deficits to saddle the high-powered Point Mallard club with its first home defeat of the current campaign. Four consecutive unanswered goals, including a 3-goal third period assault, sparked by Brandon Rozema’s second TBG of the game and climaxed by captain Jon Grimm’s empty net strike almost made the 27-games’ wait worth that wait. Right wing Mike Kelley’s third goal in 3-games late in the second period actually fueled the inferno for the victors, forging a 4-4 deadlock for the alien ice invaders from Evansville. Kelley and Mathieu LaForest each engineered (1-2-3); Grimm (1-1-2). Brandon Bornkamp and Billy Bonser also made key connections while defenseman Brian Crink assisted twice and goaltender Adam Conkling brushed aside 45-shots to preserve victory #1. Crink and defensive comrade Ben Baker each carded masterful +3 performances while Zack Faith, La Forest and Rozema each attained supreme +2 ratings. The ThunderBolts 7-GF and 45-SOG both represented new team single game bests, eclipsing the previous season-high standards of 5-GF and 44-SOG respectively.