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2024-25 Protected List Released

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Cole Ceci
Ty Taylor
Grayson Valente
Chays Ruddy
Matt Hobbs
Lincoln Hatten
Jordan Simoneau
Brendan Harrogate
Scott Kirton
Matt Dorsey
Myles Abbate
Mark Zhukov
Tyson Gilmour

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2024-25 Home Dates Released

Mark your calendars, Thunderbolts fans! The official 24-25 home dates are locked and ready to go! All theme dates will be announced at a later date.

Friday, October 18
Saturday, October 19
Saturday, October 26
Tuesday, October 29
Friday, November 1
Saturday, November 9
Saturday, November 16
Saturday, November 23
Saturday, December 7
Saturday, December 14
Friday, December 20
Saturday, December 28
Tuesday, December 31
Friday, January 3
Saturday, January 4
Friday, January 24
Saturday, January 25
Friday, January 31
Friday, February 7
Friday, February 14
Sunday, February 16
Friday, February 28
Saturday, March 1
Sunday, March 9
Saturday, March 22
Sunday, March 30
Friday, April 4
Saturday, April 5

Attend all the action this upcoming season by purchasing season tickets! Give us a call at 812-422-BOLT for more info.

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Thunderbolts Historic Season Comes to an End in Peoria

Peoria, Il.:  The 2023-24 season may be done, but the Thunderbolts have much to be proud of over the course of this season, concluding with a 5-2 loss in Peoria on Friday night.

Evansville trailed 1-0 in the first period on a Rivermen goal from Alec Baer, before tying the game at 1-1 late in the second period with a Scott Kirton goal at 17:55, as the Thunderbolts progressively picked up more momentum.  The Thunderbolts’  momentum peaked in the third period, with near-full control of the gameplay in all three zones, and it resulted in Evansville taking a 2-1 lead as Lincoln Hatten scored from Logan vande Meerakker and Mark Zhukov at 8:00.  A late penalty call on Evansville flipped things around against the Thunderbolts however, as the Rivermen tied the game at 14:25, followed by a couple more quick goals to take back the momentum, which they rode to a 5-2 victory. 

Kirton and Hatten each finished with one goal, while Cole Ceci finished with 30 saves on 34 shots. Despite the bitter ending, the Thunderbolts enjoyed a magnificent turnaround of a season, recovering from a 1-9-1 start to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year, upsetting the top-seeded Birmingham Bulls in the first round of the playoffs and coming minutes away from forcing the 2nd-seeded Rivermen to a winner-take-all third game.  That momentum can be expected to continue into next season, with a slightly shorter offseason separating Evansville from the start of 2024-25, when the Thunderbolts begin their next campaign to prove that this season’s regular season and post-season success was no fluke.

Season tickets for the 2024-25 season are on sale now.  Call 812-422-BOLT or visit our all-new website (www.evansvillethunderbolts.com) for details.

About Evansville Thunderbolts: The Evansville Thunderbolts is the area’s only professional hockey team. The Thunderbolts are a proud member of the SPHL.  The team is owned and operated by VW Sports, L.L.C, a subsidiary of VenuWorks, Inc. www.evansvillethunderbolts.com

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Thunderbolts Down But Not Out after 7-2 Loss to Peoria

Evansville, In.:  The Thunderbolts were able to rally in the first round after dropping the first game of the series and will now look to do so again in this second round series following a 7-2 loss to the Peoria Rivermen at Ford Center on Wednesday night, with do-or-die game two on Friday night in Peoria.

Although Peoria opened the scoring with a Jordan Ernst goal at 7:32 of the first period, the Thunderbolts played well in long stretches and were only outshot 10-8.  The second period proved to be the big difference, beginning with an early Cale List goal at 1:41 to make it 2-0, and the Thunderbolts could not recover after coming up short on several power play chances to shorten the deficit.  Seconds after Evansville’s final power play of the second period ended, Tristan Trudel scored at 18:03 to make it a 3-0 game.  Just after that, Jacob Kamps was ejected following a major penalty for charging, with another goal being scored at 19:33 on the ensuing power play, as Mitchell McPherson made it 4-0 Peoria. 

The Thunderbolts had a much more solid third period, holding even in shots at eight-apiece, and broke the Rivermen shutout on a power play goal from Chays Ruddy at 7:37, assisted by Scott Kirton and Brendan Harrogate.  Peoria responded with a power play goal of their own as Alec Hagaman made it 5-1 at 10:47 and scored again at 12:23 to make it 6-1.  Lincoln Hatten got Evansville a second goal on the power play at 15:48 from Kirton and Ruddy, but the Rivermen finalized the scoring with a power play goal from Ernst at 19:37, ending the score at 7-2 Peoria.

Ruddy finished with a goal and assist, Hatten scored one goal, and Kirton tallied two assists.  In goal, Ceci finished with 28 saves on 35 shots.  Game two will be in Peoria on Friday, April 19th at 7:15pm CT, and if Evansville can rally to win game two, game three in Peoria will be on Sunday, April 21st at 3:15pm CT.

Individual game tickets and group packages are on sale for this 2023-24 season.  Season tickets for the 2024-25 season are on sale now.  Call 812-422-BOLT or visit our all-new website (www.evansvillethunderbolts.com) for details.

About Evansville Thunderbolts: The Evansville Thunderbolts is the area’s only professional hockey team. The Thunderbolts are a proud member of the SPHL.  The team is owned and operated by VW Sports, L.L.C, a subsidiary of VenuWorks, Inc. www.evansvillethunderbolts.com

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Bolts Eclipse Bulls 4-3 in Overtime; Advance to Semifinals

Pelham, Ala.:  The 14-year second-round drought ended for Evansville hockey fans on Saturday night in Pelham, as the Thunderbolts defeated the Birmingham Bulls 4-3 in overtime to advance to the President’s Cup Semifinals for the first time in their history, the first series win for Evansville pro hockey since the Evansville IceMen in 2010.  Game one against the Peoria Rivermen at Ford Center will be on Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00pm CT, admission free of charge.

Only 42 seconds into the game, the Thunderbolts grabbed the first lead of the night as Logan vande Meerakker sniped in a shot off the rush, assisted by Scott Kirton and Grant Spence.  Birmingham tied the game at 7:04 with a power play goal from Drake Glover.  Following a pair of clutch penalty kills, the Thunderbolts took a 2-1 lead at 18:10 of the second period, as Vadim Vasjonkin’s shot just barely got through Hayden Stewart, assisted by Lincoln Hatten and Matthew Hobbs.  The Bulls tied the game 6:13 into the third period with a goal from Matt Wiesner, before a goal from Dmitri Yushkevich with only 4:28 remaining gave the Thunderbolts a late 3-2 lead, assisted by Scott Kirton.  However, the Bulls answered again to tie the game and force overtime with another Glover power play goal at 16:29.  In overtime it was Hobbs, who started his professional career with the Bulls before joining Evansville two years ago, who scored the series-winning goal 5:28 into overtime, assisted by Myles Abbate and Vasjonkin to win the game and the series for Evansville, 4-3 and 2-1 respectively.

Hobbs scored the series-winning goal along with an assist, Vasjonkin finished with a goal and assist, Yushkevich along with vande Meerakker scored one goal each, and Kirton finished with a pair of assists.  In goal, Ceci finished with 56 saves on 59 shots for his second win of the playoffs.  In addition to  being the first series win in Thunderbolts’ franchise history, it was the 7th time in SPHL history that the #1 seeded team was upset in the first round.  The Thunderbolts will take on the Peoria Rivermen in the  President’s Cup Semifinal, also a best-of-three series.  Evansville will host game one at Ford Center, free to attend, on Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00pm CT.  Game two will be in Peoria on Friday, April 19th at 7:15pm CT, and if necessary, game three in Peoria will be on Sunday, April 21st at 3:15pm CT.

Individual game tickets and group packages are on sale for this 2023-24 season.  Season tickets for the 2024-25 season are on sale now.  Call 812-422-BOLT or visit our all-new website (www.evansvillethunderbolts.com) for details.

About Evansville Thunderbolts: The Evansville Thunderbolts is the area’s only professional hockey team. The Thunderbolts are a proud member of the SPHL.  The team is owned and operated by VW Sports, L.L.C, a subsidiary of VenuWorks, Inc. www.evansvillethunderbolts.com

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