EVANSVILLE, IN – Evansville traveled south last week to take on the defending champion Macon Mayhem. In a rare Thursday night game, the Thunderbolts sought revenge for the loss the Mayhem gave them in front of the home crowd in the friendly confines of the Ford Center. Tomas Sholl started in net for the Thunderbolts against his former team and was looking to stay hot after coming off back to back wins against the Rail Yard Dawgs of Roanoke. Sholl stopped 35 out of 37 shots against the team he started his season with helping the Thunderbolts on the way to getting the first win of the weekend with a 4-2 victory.
In game number two between the Thunderbolts and Mayhem, we had another hard-fought game between the two teams. After a brief stint with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL, Thunderbolts goalie Jonah Imoo was ready for his first start with the team since their hard-fought win during the Education Day game on the 24th of October. Imoo was able to stop 27 of the 33 shots that came towards the young goaltender, but that wouldn’t be enough as Evansville would make their way home with two out the four points available that weekend in Macon, GA after the 6-4 loss.
On the Thunderbolts Flight Deck
After nearly a week without a game, the fifth place Thunderbolts will battle once again the second place Peoria Rivermen. Tonight, the Thunderbolts will be supporting Military Appreciation Night for those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. During the last games between the Thunderbolts and Rivermen, we saw a completely different team on the ice from their inaugural season. After two games each squad has skated away with a win, one being a hard-fought point for the Rivermen and the early morning game the Thunderbolts took control of and never looked back.
Saturday, Evansville will make their way down to Southaven, Mississippi to face the RiverKings for the first time this season. The Thunderbolts will see a few familiar faces at Landers Center. After picking up Don Olivieri from the waiver line, the Thunderbolts sent him to Mississippi in a trade that would bring back former Thunderbolt Robbie Hall. Hall played 11 games last season in Evansville putting just three assists on the board and 11 penalty minutes. Another former Thunderbolt we will see on the ice this weekend will be defenseman Vytal Cote who after being traded from the now Fayetteville Marksmen spent 40 games in an Evansville uniform notching one goal and eight assists along with 47 penalty minutes. Saturday’s game will be a real test to the Thunderbolts as they are taking on a team riding a hot streak and are currently tied for second place with the Rivermen.