ThunderBolts Prepare for First Alabama Trip
Despite losing multiple key players in recent weeks to a call-up, an injury and suspension, the Bolts played well this past weekend, falling 4-1 against Peoria and 3-2 in overtime in Mississippi. Tomas Sholl would only allow 3 goals against a full strength Peoria squad, and Jonah Imoo would make more than 40 saves to help Evansville salvage a point against the RiverKings. The Bolts now prepare for the final of 4 road trips this month, heading to Alabama to take on the Huntsville Havoc and Birmingham Bulls.
Weekend In Review:
Friday night was Military Appreciation Night at the Ford Center, as the Thunderbolts faced the Peoria Rivermen for the third time this season. Despite outshooting the Rivermen by a wide margin, the Bolts ran into a hot goaltender in Eric Levine, who allowed only a single goal on 37 shots. Cory Melkert would score a power play goal in the 2nd period to keep the Bolts alive going into the 3rd period, but after multiple shots hit the post and a Peoria empty net goal, Evansville would fall 4-1 in a well-spirited effort. The bounces wouldn't come in Mississippi either, but it was a close contest. Chase Nieuwendyk would score on the power play only 1:26 into the game, however, the RiverKings would take a 2-1 lead in the 2nd period. John Scorcia would tie the game late in the period and Imoo would be red-hot between the pipes, helping to force overtime. Don Olivieri would score the overtime goal for the RiverKings in his first game against the Bolts since being traded a week prior. Evansville would gain a point, regardless, and now sit in a tie for 6th place in league standings.
The Weekend Ahead:
The Thunderbolts head to Alabama to take on the Huntsville Havoc in a Thanksgiving showdown at the Von Braun Center, at 7 p.m. cst. The road trip continues into Black Friday, as the Bolts take on the Birmingham Bulls for the first time at the Pelham Civic Center - face-off at 7:35 p.m. cst. Both games can be viewed on SPHL Live and you can listen for free both nights, on the Thunderbolts MixLr Radio Network.
Scouting The Opponent:
- Huntsville Havoc: 5-2-0, 10 Pts, T-6th Place o Leading Goal Scorer: Sy Nutkevich (7 goals) o Leading Point Scorer: Sy Nutkevich (10 points) o Primary Goaltender: Keegan Asmundson (4-2-0, 3.25 GAA, .901 save %)
The Havoc played only a single game last weekend, - but it was a big game - as Hunstville would take down the first-place Pensacola Ice Flyers, 4-2. Nutkevich, Scott Trask, Tyler Piacentini and Jack Ceglarski would all score goals, and Asmundson would make 27 saves in net for Huntsville.
- Birmingham Bulls: 1-7-0, 2 Pts, 10th Place o Leading Goal Scorer: Josh Harris (3 goals) o Leading Point Scorer: Keegan Bruce (5 points) o Primary Goaltender: Mavric Parks (0-6-0, 3.75 GAA, .898 save %)
Birmingham came into the weekend still looking for their first win in franchise history after starting the season winless in six games. Game 7 would not provide a lucky night for Birmingham, as they took on the Mississippi RiverKings, losing 5-3 on home ice. Harris would score 2 goals and Parks would make only 25 stops on 30 shots. The next night, however, would be the night for the Bulls to finally put one in the win column, defeating the Peoria Rivermen in a shootout, 4-3, for their first win in eight games of existence. Keegan Bruce would score the shootout winner, along with a goal in the 2nd period, and Charlie Millen would get the win in net, stopping 40 of 43 shots.
-11/16: Frank Schumacher returned from loan to Indy Fuel (ECHL).
-11/18: Mike Fazio released from 3 game tryout.
-11/21: Brandon Lubin suspended 7 games for incident on Nov. 17 against Peoria. One game was served in Mississippi on Nov. 18. Lubin is eligible to return on Dec. 9 against Mississippi.
About Evansville Thunderbolts: The Evansville Thunderbolts is the area's only professional hockey team. The Thunderbolts are a proud member of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). The team is owned and operated by VW Sports, L.L.C, a subsidiary of VenuWorks, Inc. www.evansvillethunderbolts.com
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