The Evansville Thunderbolts had a busy weekend, taking on Fayetteville at home on Thursday before hitting the road and heading off to Roanoke for a pair of hard-fought games against the Rail Yard Dawgs. With some more moves made on the roster, the Bolts next opponent will be the all-too-familiar Peoria Rivermen, for two games in two nights at the Ford Center this upcoming weekend.
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The Thunderbolts took on the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs for the second consecutive night at the Berglund Center, looking to avenge a 6-2 defeat the night prior. The Bolts' power play would reignite with two power play goals, however it would not be enough as the Bolts would gain only one point in a 4-3 overtime loss.
It would be another solid night of production for John Schiavo, acquired from Pensacola last week. Last night he would finish with a goal and two assists, and tonight finished with two more goals to bring his total in two games to five points, after starting the year with one assist in four games with the Ice Flyers. Despite Schiavo's brilliance on the ice, the Bolts would fall to Roanoke, 6-2.
The Thunderbolts have found a new powerful combination up front, as Shayne Morrissey, newly acquired John Schiavo, and Eric Salzillo combined for 4 goals and 8 points, in a 5-3 victory over the Fayetteville Marksmen, the Bolts' second victory in a row.
The Evansville Thunderbolts, fresh off their first victory in the Ian Moran coaching era, prepare for their first meeting of the season against the Fayetteville Marksmen tomorrow night. Following the game, the Bolts hit the road for the first of two trips this year to Roanoke, for a doubleheader against the Rail Yard Dawgs.
The Thunderbolts couldn't find enough bounces to go their way through the first five games, but that came to an end tonight as the offense came alive in the third period, with four goals to earn a 5-0 victory over the Knoxville Ice Bears.
For the Thunderbolts, it was a chance at revenge on the Birmingham Bulls, who defeated Evansville 4-1 exactly a week earlier. Although some individual vendettas were settled, the Thunderbolts themselves would fall despite a much stronger effort, 3-1.
It was an active morning for the goalies in today’s game, as both sides would combine for 91 shots on goal. Ed Minney would see the bulk of those shots, 50 in total, in his first ever start with the Thunderbolts. Despite a strong effort and a late comeback, however, Peoria would take the game, 3-2.
The Thunderbolts set out on their first trip of the year to Alabama, for their lone game of the weekend in Birmingham against the Bulls. It would be a close game throughout, with plenty of snarl on both sides, but the Bolts would come up just short, falling 4-1.
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The Thunderbolts opened up their 28-game home schedule with a thrilling matchup against the defending SPHL champions, the Huntsville Havoc, in front of 3,000 loud fans at the Ford Center. Despite plenty of thrilling action, the Havoc would win the game, 6-3, but the fans in Evansville got plenty to cheer about.
The Evansville Thunderbolts announced today the return of Nick Wright, along with two new players, forward Ray Boudiette and defenseman Scott Donohue.
The Evansville Thunderbolts announced today the return of goaltender Ryan De Melo, and skater Chase Nieuwendyk. De Melo began his Thunderbolts career last season, while Nieuwendyk will return for his third season as a Thunderbolt.
The Evansville Thunderbolts announced today the addition of Ian Moran as head coach and Adam Stio as general manager. Moran becomes the second head coach in franchise history, succeeding Jeff Pyle. Stio becomes the third general manager in franchise history, succeeding Pete Xander.
The Evansville Thunderbolts announced today the signing of five players to next season's roster. Three of these signings, defenseman Frank Schumacher, and forwards Carter Shinkaruk and Shayne Morrissey, are returning Thunderbolts. The other two signings, forwards Alex Carlsson and Zac Sikich, are looking to making their professional debuts with the Thunderbolts.
The Evansville Thunderbolts announced today the signing of six players to next season's roster. Two of these signings, defenseman Robbie Hall and goaltender Ian Sylves, are returning Thunderbolts. Another signing, forward Pijus Rulevicius, played in the SPHL last season with the Mississippi RiverKings. The other three signings, defenseman Ben Owen, and forwards Ryan Staynor and Beau Walker, are looking to making their professional debuts with the Thunderbolts.
Thunderbolts will start the 2018-19 campaign on the road against the Knoxville Ice Bears on Friday, October 19th in Knoxville, TN.
After a season that saw growth in sponsorship revenue, attendance, and a return to the playoffs for Evansville Hockey, two key staff members will be stepping down. Jeff Pyle, Head Coach, has accepted a Head Coach position with ECHL Atlanta Gladiators and Pete Xander, General Manager, will move into a new position at Duke University.
Brandon Lubin, Fred Hein, Hunter Stewart, Mike Fazio and Taylor Cutting are set to take the ice for Evansville’s third season when it kicks off this October.