Fresh off a big 5-1 victory against Quad City this past Saturday, the Thunderbolts set their sights ahead to the upcoming weekend, containing a single game in Peoria against the suddenly- struggling Rivermen.
Weekend In Review:
The Bolts would fall to Quad City on Friday night by a 4-0 score. The next night however the Thunderbolts would come alive and blast their way to a 5-1 victory in front of over 2,100 fans at the Ford Center. Mark Petaccio would lead the way with 2 goals and 2 assists, while Scott Donahue also had a big night, finishing with 2 goals and an assist. Braeden Ostepchuk was brilliant in net, stopping 30 of 31 shots faced.
The Week Ahead:
The Thunderbolts lone game of the weekend will be in Peoria on Saturday, December 8th, at 7:15pm CT. You can catch the action on SPHL Live or listen in for free through the Thunderbolts Mixlr Network, or on the Official Evansville Thunderbolts App, available on Google Play and the App Store.
Scouting the Opponent:
• Peoria Rivermen:
- Record: 9-1-3, 21 Points, 3rd Place.
- Thunderbolts 18-19 Record vs. PEO: 0-4-0
- Leading Goal Scorer: Austin Vieth, Will Smith (7 Goals Each)
- Leading Point Scorer: Alec Hagaman (16 Points)
- Primary Goaltender: Stephen Klein (5-1-0, .916 Save %)
The Rivermen had a tough weekend out in North Carolina, losing both games against the Fayetteville Marksmen. On Friday, the Rivermen would get tallies from Justin Greenberg and Will Smith to rally from a 2-0 deficit in the third period, only to collapse and fall 5-2 in the end. The next night, the Rivermen led 3-2 in the third period off goals from Austin Frank, Austin Vieth and Ben Blasko, however the Marksmen would tie the game later in the third period, and win the game in sudden-death overtime, 4-3. Alec Hagaman would get tossed from the game and was suspended for the upcoming game on Saturday night.
- 11/27: John Schiavo placed on waivers
- 11/27: Lane King signed contract
- 11/28: Mike Fazio called up to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
- 12/1: Oleksandr Liulchuk signed contract
- 12/3: Brandon Lubin called up to the Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL)
- 12/4: Carter Shinkaruk re-placed on 30 Day Injured Reserve
Mike Fazio played in two games with Wheeling this past weekend and scored his first ECHL goal in a 6-2 victory over the Indy Fuel. Tyler Howe has played continuously for the Atlanta Gladiators since being called up around a month ago. So far, Howe has played in 10 games for Atlanta.
The Thunderbolts are currently competing in their third season in the SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League). Season tickets are less than $9 per game. To order your tickets for this season, call 812-422-BOLT (2658).
Upcoming Home Games
Friday, December 14, 2018, Weekend of Giving. Donations of non-perishable food items to be donated to Tri-State Food Bank, clothing items collected for GRANTED, LLC.
Saturday, December 15, 2018, Star Wars Night sponsored by Joe Beard & Sons