Thunderbolts Take Thanksgiving Break After Pushing Atlanta to the Limit


Having completed the first 18-games of their 2015-16 NA3HL schedule, the fledgling Evansville ThunderBolts will collectively take the holiday week of Thanksgiving to rest, relax and reflect. Under the astute and argute auspices of General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser, the ThunderBolts have reached their second week of hiatus following the conclusion of an extended four-game home stand which effectively capped their six-game November 2015 schedule. The State of Indiana’s only exclusive elite junior hockey club will not resume action until the first weekend of December when they open a two-game series in Decatur, Alabama where they will tackle the South Division front-running Point Mallard Ducks. The dates of those two clashes are set for Friday, December 4th and Saturday December 5th with both live radio broadcasts set to launch at 7:00 pm December 4th and 5:30 pm December 5th on Evansville’s WVHI-AM 1330 and on the world-wide internet at The ThunderBolts next 11-games will be played on the road.


The past weekend was witnessed to a tale of two teams on two nights, prompting the rhetorical question, “Will the real Evansville ThunderBolts please stand up.” Spending the weekend hosting and battling one of the most talented and gifted teams in the League in the form of the South Division Atlanta Capitals, the ‘Bolts bowed in game one on Friday night, 13-1, in a rather humbling episode before going to the wire 24-hours later in a 6-5 affair Saturday night also at Swonder Ice Arena. After sustaining their worst defeat of the campaign one night earlier, the T-Bolts rallied remarkably and resoundingly from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits Saturday eve to seize a short-lived 5-4 third period lead, their first-ever third period advantage, until Atlanta rallied late to escape with its 12th consecutive road win. Coach Fankhouser’s aggregation may have earned a better fate and destiny in the latter contest in suffering its fifth one-goal differentiating defeat of the inaugural campaign.


With the holiday week of Thanksgiving being an idle week for the ThunderBolts, game activity does not resume for the hometown team until the first weekend of December when they sojourn to Decatur, Alabama to test with the Point Mallard Ducks. The Evansville squadron will be fighting the good fight for their next 11-games in the hostile environment of foreign ice territory throughout the entire month of December. Included in the ‘Bolts travel manifest, in addition to their excursion to Point Mallard, will be alien ice warfare in Peoria as well as three games in three days December 16 – 19 when they play in the NA3HL’s Annual Showcase Event in Blaine, Minnesota. Their three opponents for the League-sanctioned games which do count in the overall standings will be the Lacrosse Freeze, Gillette Wild and the Minnesota Fighting Aces.