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Thunderbolts Come Back to Defeat the Bulls in a Shootout, 5-4

Pelham, Ala.:  Despite trailing by multiple goals twice, the Thunderbolts rallied to tie in the third period before dealing the Bulls only their 4th loss on home ice all season, as Evansville defeated Birmingham 5-4 in a shootout in Pelham on Monday afternoon.   The Thunderbolts’ next home game will be on Saturday, February 24th against the Peoria Rivermen, puck drop at 7:00pm CT.

Mark Zhukov scored only 38 seconds into the game to give Evansville the first lead, assisted by Benjamin Lindberg and Matt Dorsey.  Birmingham managed to score twice later in the period, as Carson Rose scored at 14:24 and Drake Glover at 19:30 to put the Bulls ahead 2-1 through one period.  Josh Harris scored to give the Bulls a 3-1 lead 3:04 into the second period, before a blast from Jordan Spadafore made it one-goal game again, assisted by Dorsey and Zhukov at 6:59.  On their first power play, Birmingham took a 4-2 lead as Joe Colatarci scored at 16:21.  The Thunderbolts comeback began at 17:52 of the second period, as a Matthew Hobbs breakaway was stopped, but the rebound put in by Brady Lynn, with Bruno Kreisz also picking up an assist to make it a 4-3 Evansville deficit.

It took only 1:05 into the third period for Evansville to tie the game at 4-4, with Myles Abbate scoring from Dmitry Yushkevich and Dorsey.  The game remained tied, although Evansville outshot the Bulls 16-10 and nearly took the lead multiple times.  Between the second and third periods, Brendahn Brawley was replaced with Ty Taylor, who did not allow a single goal in the third period.  In overtime, the Thunderbolts came closest to winning, with Yushkevich hitting the post with just over a minute remaining.  In the shootout, Nikita Kozyrev scored first in round one for Birmingham to give them a 1-0 lead, before Brady Lynn tied the shootout in the top of round two.  Lincoln Hatten scored in round four to put Evansville ahead 2-1, but Carson Rose tied the shootout at the bottom of round five to keep the shootout going.  Nikita Kozyrev appeared to win the game for Birmingham in round six, however the goal was immediately waived off as Taylor had gotten a slight piece of the puck while Kozyrev stickhandled, counting as a save.  In round eight, Hatten scored again, while Taylor denied Kozyrev again to win the shootout and game for Evansville, 3-2 and 5-4 respectively.

Zhukov scored one goal and one assist, Abbate, Lynn, Spadafore and Hatten finished with one goal each, with Lynn adding a shootout goal and Hatten with two shootout goals including the winning goal, and Dorsey finished with three assists.  In goal, Brendahn Brawley stopped 22 of 26 shots faced before being swapped for Ty Taylor between the second and third periods, with Taylor stopping all 14 shots in the third period and overtime, along with 6 of 8 shootout attempts for his 1st win of the season.  The Thunderbolts and Bulls meet again on Friday, April 5th at Ford Center.

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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Thunderbolts Bounce Back to Defeat Roanoke in Overtime

Roanoke, Va.:  In a massive gut-check performance, the Thunderbolts turned the page from Friday’s loss and bounced back to defeat the Rail Yard Dawgs 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night at Berglund Center.   The Thunderbolts’ next home game will be on Saturday, February 24th against the Peoria Rivermen, puck drop at 7:00pm CT.

In a very close first period, Roanoke took the game’s first lead as Josh Nenadal scored 6:24 into the game, yet the Thunderbolts managed to keep the deficit at only one goal, while threatening several times in the Roanoke end.  The offense finally came through in the second period for Evansville, starting with Vadim Vasjonkin’s deflection goal off a Nick Prestia shot at 8:08.  A few minutes later, Myles Abbate gave the Thunderbolts a 2-1 lead by diving to knock in a loose puck in the crease, assisted by Hayden Ford at 13:03.  Jesse Anderson tied the game for Roanoke just over two minutes into the third period, and the game remained deadlocked for the rest of regulation time, as both goaltenders stood on their heads and went save-for-save.  Dmitri Yushkevich was the overtime hero for Evansville, scoring 48 seconds into extra time by sniping home a shot from the mid-slot, assisted by Matthew Hobbs and Lincoln Hatten.

Vasjonkin, Abbate and Yushkevich scored one goal each for Evansville, while Brendahn Brawley stopped 39 of 41 shots faced in goal for his 9th win of the season, his 3rd  with Evansville.  The Thunderbolts and Rail Yard Dawgs do not meet again this regular season, with the season series ending in a 2-2 tie.

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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Thunderbolts Defeated 7-0 in Roanoke

Roanoke, Va.:  In a game that Evansville will look to quickly move on from, the Thunderbolts did not have very much go their way as they were defeated by a 7-0 score in Roanoke on Friday night.   The Thunderbolts’ next home game will be on Saturday, February 24th against the Peoria Rivermen, puck drop at 7:00pm CT.

                First period goals from Jacob Kelly and Savva Smirnov put the Rail Yard Dawgs ahead early by a 2-0 score.  In the second period, Smirnov and Tommy Munichiello further extended the lead to 4-0, despite a much better start to the second period for Evansville.  The Rail Yard Dawgs added another three goals in the third period despite Evansville again matching Roanoke in shots on goal, with Smirnov finishing the hat trick, along with late goals from Mac Jansen and CJ Stubbs.  In goal, Brendahn Brawley stopped 19 of 23 shots before being swapped for Ty Taylor, who finished in goal with 10 saves on 13 shots.  The Thunderbolts and Rail Yard Dawgs meet again for the final time this season on Saturday, February 17th at Berglund Center.

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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Storm Come Back to Defeat Thunderbolts 3-1

Evansville, In.:  After heavily outplaying the Storm in the first 39 minutes of play, the Thunderbolts could not extend their 1-0 lead, and the Storm turned the tables by taking control back and scoring three consecutive goals to defeat Evansville 3-1 at Ford Center on Wednesday night.   The Thunderbolts’ next home game will be on Saturday, February 24th against the Peoria Rivermen, puck drop at 7:00pm CT.

Only 2:07 into the game, Matthew Hobbs scored unassisted to give Evansville a 1-0 lead.  The Thunderbolts outshot Quad City 25-13 in the first two combined periods but could not find a way to extend their lead.  With only 16 seconds remaining in the second period, Cole Golka scored a power play goal for Quad City to tie the game at 1-1 going into the third period.  Only 57 seconds into the third period, Matt Ustaski scored off an Evansville turnover to put Quad City ahead 2-1, and the Storm wrapped up the scoring with an empty net goal from Michael Moran in the final minute as the Thunderbolts could not get their attack going again

Hobbs scored Evansville’s lone goal, while Ty Taylor finished in goal with 25 saves on 27 shots.  The Thunderbolts and Storm meet again on Friday, March 1st at Ford Center.

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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Spadafore, Britton Score First Goals in 4-2 Loss to Bulls

Pelham, Ala.:  Despite having plenty of positives to take out of the game and the weekend, the Thunderbolts were forced to settle for a split of the weekend series against the Bulls, as Evansville fell 4-2 in Pelham on Saturday night.   The Thunderbolts’ next home game will be on Wednesday, February 14th against the Quad City Storm, puck drop at 7:00pm CT.

The Bulls grabbed the lead early as Scott Donahue scored 1:06 into the first period.  In the second period’s opening minute, Carson Rose made it 2-0 Bulls with a power play goal.  Evansville got one back later in the period as Jordan Spadafore scored his first professional goal at 14:17 from Brendan Harrogate and Nick Prestia.  However, penalties haunted Evansville in the second period, and the Bulls got the two goal lead back as MacGregor Sinclair scored a power play goal to make it 3-1 Birmingham at 16:33.  In the third period, Evansville pressed on several power play chances but could not find the back of the net for most of the way, before Rose scored again for the Bulls on a breakaway fresh from the penalty box at 13:04 to make it a 4-1 game.  In one final positive, Evansville scored a power play goal with 5 seconds left in the game, as Kenny Britton scored his first professional goal at 19:55 from Aiden Wagner and Matt Dorsey to conclude the scoring at 4-2 Birmingham.

Spadafore and Britton picked up Evansville’s goals, while Brendahn Brawley finished in goal with 40 saves on 44 shots.  The Thunderbolts and Bulls meet again on Monday, February 19th at Pelham Civic Complex.

Individual game tickets and group packages are on sale for this 2023-24 season.  Season tickets for the 2024-25 season will go on sale on Wednesday, February 14th.  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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