12/16/2018 10:05 AM -
Evansville Thunderbolts Goalie, Braeden Ostepchuk Backs Bolts to a Point in Loss to Peoria. Tonight’s game would become the closest game yet between the Evansville Thunderbolts and the Peoria Rivermen this season, as the Thunderbolts would grab two leads on the night, with Braeden Ostepchuk being the star of the show. His 44 saves on 48 shots would be the main reason why the Thunderbolts were able to steal a point from the Rivermen, despite the 4-3 overtime loss.
Brandon Lubin would get the first goal of the game fresh off of his call-up to the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets. His goal at 18:32 of the first period was assisted by Pijus Rulevicius and Brandon Tucker. The Bolts would extend the lead to 2-0, with Nathan Ferriero scoring 1:34 into the second period, again from Tucker and Rulevicius. Peoria would battle back, scoring later in the second, and again early in the third, to tie the game 2-2. A late power play for Evansville would yield dividends, as Mark Petaccio would give the Bolts a 3-2 lead at 14:55 from Eric Salzillo, however the Bolts would also get into penalty trouble late, and the Rivermen would tie the game with 59 seconds left off of a 6-on-4 man advantage. Tied going into overtime, Ostepchuk would stop 5 shots, but couldn't stop the sixth, as Ben Oskroba would score the overtime goal for Peoria.
The Thunderbolts finish off their home stand next Friday, once again hosting the Huntsville Havoc, at 7:15pm CT. The weekend series then shifts to Huntsville for Saturday night, exactly a week from tonight, for the third meeting against the Havoc in nine nights.
Friday, December 21 Home for the Holidays/Ugly Sweater/An Evening of Giving Giveback to GRANTED and Tri-State Food Bank (receive a ticket to 12/29 game for donated item), Canvas auction to benefit ChemoBuddies
Saturday, December 22 Away Game Viewing Party at Rounders Too
Saturday, December 29 Thunderbolt Players Trading Cards giveaway
Monday, December 31 NYE Fireworks on the ice, check presentation to ChemoBuddies, buy ticket to 12/31 game, receive ticket to 01/04