12/02/2017 10:48 PM -
In similar fashion to last night’s game against the Knoxville Ice Bears, tonight’s game against the Huntsville Havoc would be close, and for the fifth game in a row, the Bolts would score first. After Robbie Hall scored his first professional goal with two minutes in change to go, the Havoc would respond with two goals in less than a minute to take the win, 3-2.
The second quarter of the 1st period has continued to be a strong area for Evansville, as Dave Williams would score on a mad scramble in front to make it 1-0 at the 8:06 mark, assisted by Dylan Clarke and Justin MacDonald. Just prior to the goal, a fight broke out in the Evansville end as Robbie Hall took on Nolan Kaiser in a spirited bout, lasting between 20 and 30 seconds, getting the crowd into the game.
Following a scoreless second period — and a mostly scoreless third period — Evansville would gain a late power play, their third of the game, after a holding penalty to Cody Smith with 4:06 to go. In the final second of the power play, Robbie Hall would one-time a loose puck in the middle slot past a defenseless Keegan Asmundson to give the Bolts a 2-1 lead with only 2:07 to play. The goal was assisted by Clarke and Chase Nieuwendyk. The celebration would be short-lived. Bad luck would rear its ugly head once again, as only 35 seconds later at the 18:28 mark, a pass from Sy Nutkevitch would get through to the Evansville crease. With Tomas Sholl down, Stuart Stefan would bury the puck to tie the game at two, threatening overtime once again. The Havoc would not settle for this, as Evansville broke down yet again in their own zone, this time with only 59 seconds to play. A loose puck would be picked up and blasted by Shawn Bates in similar fashion to Hall’s goal just over a minute prior, beating Sholl and giving Huntsville a 3-2 lead, which would stand as the final score, despite a mostly good effort by the Thunderbolts.
For Evansville, Hall and Williams would score a goal each and Sholl would stop 25 of 28 shots for the loss. For Huntsville, Stefan had a goal and assist, Powers and Bates would score a goal each and Nutkevitch would add two assists. Asmundson would stop 29 of 31 shots for the victory. Attendance for tonight’s game was 2,103. The Thunderbolts next game against Huntsville will be Jan. 23 at Ford Center.
The Thunderbolts continue their home stand next weekend, taking on the Macon Mayhem on Friday, Dec. 8, with puck drop at 7:15 p.m. cst. Following this contest, the Bolts will finish off the weekend against the Mississippi River Kings on Saturday, Dec. 9, also at 7:15 p.m. cst. Friday’s game will be Scout Night, with Saturday’s game being Youth Jersey Night. The first 500 kids through the door will receive a free youth jersey. Both contests can be viewed online on SPHL Live, and listened to on the Thunderbolts MixLr Radio Network.
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