December 12 Mid-Week Report

12/12/2018 3:02 PM -

The Evansville Thunderbolts had a slow weekend, with only one game in Peoria.  The result was one that the team had not hoped for, a 5-1 loss, however the team has been working hard to prepare for the upcoming home double, taking on Huntsville on Friday, and Peoria on Saturday.

Weekend In Review:

            In Saturday's 5-1 loss in Peoria, Mark Petaccio scored the lone goal, his 8th of the season.  Braeden Ostepchuk put up a valiant effort in net stopping 26 shots, while the other bright spot was the team's penalty kill, which went a perfect 5-for-5. 

The Week Ahead:

            The Thunderbolts host the Huntsville Havoc on Friday night, which will be another 812 Night.  Saturday will be Star Wars Night, as the Thunderbolts host Peoria.  Special jerseys will be worn by the Thunderbolts, which will be auctioned off after the game.  Both games start at 7:15pm CT.

Scouting the Opponent:

  • Huntsville Havoc:
    • Record: 7-7-1, 16 Points, 6th Place
    • Thunderbolts 18-19 Record vs. HSV: 0-1-0
    • Leading Goal Scorer: Ryan Salkeld (7 Goals)
    • Leading Point Scorers: Ryan Salkeld, Sy Nutkevich (13 Points Each)
    • Primary Goaltender: Mike DeLavergne (4-6-0, .897 Save %)

            The Havoc played in Quad City on Friday night, and took an early 2-0 lead from Salkeld and John Schiavo's goals in the first period.  Quad City, however, battle back with a goal in both of the last two periods to tie the game.  The game would go to a shootout, and Christian Powers would score the only goal, winning the game for Huntsville, 3-2.  Things would not go well Saturday, as the Havoc were shutout in Peoria 3-0. 

  • Peoria Rivermen:
    • Record: 11-1-3, 25 Points, 3rd Place.
    • Thunderbolts 18-19 Record vs. PEO: 0-5-0
    • Leading Goal Scorer: Austin Vieth (8 Goals)
    • Leading Point Scorer: Alec Hagaman (17 Points)
    • Primary Goaltender: Stephen Klein (6-1-0, .920 Save %)

            Vieth, Joseph Widmar, Mike Gurtler, Guillaume Naud, and Ben Blasko scored for Peoria on Saturday in their 5-1 win over Evansville, while Naud, Widmar, and Vincent Beaudry scored on Sunday against Huntsville.  Stephen Klein pitched a 10-save shutout.  The Rivermen host Quad City tomorrow and Friday night, before traveling to Evansville.  


  • 12/6: Fred Hein signed contract
  • 12/6: Preston Kugler signed contract
  • 12/6: Nick D'Avolio placed on 30 day IR
  • 12/6: Ben Owen placed on 21 day IR
  • 12/7: Chase Nieuwendyk called up to Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • 12/8: Ryan Marker signed contract
  • 12/11: Frank Schumacher called up to Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
  • 12/11: Joe Ftoma signed contract


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