Evansville, In.: In Friday night’s low-score and low-penalty game, Matt Ustaski served as the hero in his Evansville debut, scoring the late game-winning goal to defeat the Ice Flyers 3-2 at Ford Center.  The Thunderbolts’ next home game will be on Saturday, November 5th against the Pensacola Ice Flyers at 7:00pm CT.  For tickets, call (812)422-BOLT (2658), go to or visit the Ford Center Ticket Office.

Only 5:51 into the game it was Evansville who struck first, as Tanner Butler scored, assisted by Matthew Hobbs and Aaron Huffnagle, to give the Thunderbolts a 1-0 lead.  The Thunderbolts struck again with another early goal in the second period, as Dillon Hill scored on a delayed Pensacola penalty to extend Evansville’s lead to 2-0, assisted by Huffnagle and Bryan Etter at 2:34.  Pensacola bounced back in the third period as Mitch Atkins scored just after a power play expired at 2:55, followed by Griff Jeszka at 8:01 to tie the game up at 2-2.  After several big saves by Zane Steeves to keep the game tied late, Ustaski scored the go-ahead goal with only 3:12 remaining in the third period, assisted by Mathieu Cloutier and Brendan Harrogate.  The 3-2 Evansville lead stuck, and the Thunderbolts held on to seal the victory.

Butler, Hill and Ustaski each scored one goal, while Huffnagle tallied a pair of assists. Zane Steeves stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in net for his 3rd win of the season.  These two teams meet again on November 5th at the Ford Center.

Individual game tickets, season tickets and group packages are on sale for this 2022-23 season.  Call 812-422-BOLT or visit our all-new website ( for details.

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.