Evansville, In.:  Despite the result, it was good to see some new Thunderbolts find the back of the net, as both Myles Abbate and Michael Greco picked up their first goals with Evansville in a very close 3-2 loss to Roanoke on Friday night at Ford Center.  The Thunderbolts next home game will be on Saturday, December 2nd against the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, puck drop at 7:00pm CT. 

                Roanoke struck first, as CJ Stubbs scored on a power play only 4:15 into the game, however the Thunderbolts were quick to respond as Abbate scored only 11 seconds later from Bair Gendunov and Nick Prestia to tie the game at one-apiece, with the goal being Abbate’s first professional goal.  In the second period, Evansville took a 2-1 lead as a shot from the point by Greco off the face-off got through, assisted by Genunov at 9:00.  However, the Rail Yard Dawgs eventually converted on their 19 shots in the second period, as Nick Ford scored at 13:48 to tie the game going into the third period.  Penalties proved costly on Evansville in the final period, as Mac Jansen scored at 10:39 on a power play to give Roanoke the lead, which would stick the rest of the way as the Rail Yard Dawgs opened the weekend series with a 3-2 win. 

Abbate and Greco scored a goal each while Gendunov finished with a pair of assists.  In goal, Cole Ceci finished with 31 saves on 34 shots.  The Thunderbolts and Rail Yard Dawgs meet once again on Saturday, December 2nd at Ford Center.  

Individual game tickets and group packages are on sale for this 2023-24 season.  Season tickets for the 2023-24 season are also on sale.  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