01/18/2019 11:40 PM -
Cheektowaga, NY. Native Max Mikowski introduced himself in his Evansville Thunderbolts debut tonight against the second-place Macon Mayhem. Mikowski made a major impact by scoring a goal in his first professional game that would spark a three-goal third period from the Thunderbolts, as Evansville was just barely edged by Macon, 5-3.
Jake Schultz would get in his first brawl as an Evansville Thunderbolt late in the second period, taking on a solid opponent in Macon’s Seth Ronsberg. It would be an even bout with plenty of shots exchanged, for a solid 15-20 seconds before being split up by the linesmen and shaking hands in a show of mutual respect before heading to the dressing rooms for the rest of the second period. The Thunderbolts, who were outshot in the first period, took a shot lead in the second period, as the momentum built up. The third period would be their best of the night, as Mikowski scored his first goal at the 3:02 mark, off a deflection play from Frank Schumacher and C.J. Blaszka. After two quick goals by Macon, Scott Donohue would score with 3:59 left on a rebound from Eric Salzillo to make it 5-2. The Thunderbolts would get even closer as Nick D’Avolio scored on a rebound with 1:22 left from Shayne Morrissey and Brandon Tucker to make it 5-3, but that would be as close as the Thunderbolts would get.
Mikowski, D’Avolio, and Donahue had the Evansville goals, while Braeden Ostepchuk made 37 saves in net.