C.J. Blaszka, along with Bo Driscoll and Rory Rawlyk, played both defense and forward tonight for the Thunderbolts, where all three would connect, with Blaszka finishing, on the Thunderbolts’ lone goal in the second period.
It has been a busy week for the Evansville Thunderbolts.
The Evansville Thunderbolts have battled through injuries, illness, and call-ups for the past few weeks. With several players returning to create a full roster, the Thunderbolts are anticipating more positive results as they prepare to host Peoria tomorrow and Saturday night at the Evansville Ford Center.
In a weekend where the Thunderbolts had to battle to the very end with a limited roster, the team held their heads high, and battle they did, through tonight’s 7-1 loss to the Rivermen.
Tyler Howe has been the hottest player for the Evansville Thunderbolts lately, in a time where call-ups and injuries have taken their toll against the club in recent weeks. With 11 skaters on the ice tonight, the team battled hard, but lost 3-1 to Quad City, with an empty goal at the end.
Aaron Taylor impressed last weekend in his first SPHL start in Huntsville, stopping 42 of 44 shots in a 2-1 loss. He would get another crack at a win tonight with the start against the Storm and would earn his first SPHL win with 30 saves on 31 shots, while the Bolts scored three goals on 42 shots on the night, with a final score of 3-1.
The Evansville Thunderbolts fall to Quad City Storm in a hard-fought 5-1 loss tonight. The Thunderbolts lone goal came at 4:55 of the third period, from Fred Hein, assisted by Tyler Howe. The assist would give Howe 3 points in 3 games since his return from Atlanta.
With Ed Minney still on call-up in Wichita and with Braeden Ostepchuk starting every game since, the Thunderbolts turned to emergency goaltender Aaron Taylor who signed a standard contract today making him eligible to start tonight’s game. Taylor would stand on his head, making 42 saves on 44 Huntsville shots, as the Bolts would come up just short once again, 2-1.
The Evansville Thunderbolts fall to the Huntsville Havoc in a hard-fought loss tonight. Mark Petaccio would keep up his hot streak, as he would find the back of the net once again, for the 5th game in a row, however it would not be enough as the Havoc would get the upper hand, winning 5-2.
The Evansville Thunderbolts had two very close games this past weekend, against Peoria, earning a point in a 4-3 overtime loss, and on Friday against Huntsville, just barely falling 3-2. The Bolts will take on Huntsville once again, tomorrow (December 21st) at home, and Saturday in Huntsville.
Evansville Thunderbolts Goalie, Braeden Ostepchuk Backs Bolts to a Point in Loss to Peoria. Tonight’s game would become the closest game yet between the Evansville Thunderbolts and the Peoria Rivermen this season, as the Thunderbolts would grab two leads on the night, with Braeden Ostepchuk being the star of the show.
Petaccio Scores Once Again as Bolts Fall to Havoc. Mark Petaccio has been the hottest scorer for Evansville lately, coming in with goals in two straight games and 5 points in his last 5 games.
The Evansville Thunderbolts had a slow weekend, with only one game in Peoria. The result was one that the team had not hoped for, a 5-1 loss, however the team has been working hard to prepare for the upcoming home double, taking on Huntsville on Friday, and Peoria on Saturday.
After a week of roster turmoil, the Thunderbolts played their lone game of the weekend in Peoria against the ever-familiar Rivermen.
Fresh off a big 5-1 victory against Quad City this past Saturday, the Thunderbolts set their sights ahead to the upcoming weekend, containing a single game in Peoria against the suddenly-struggling Rivermen.
After so many games where not much was going right, the Thunderbolts put together a solid 60-minute efforts on all fronts, winning 5-1 over the Quad City Storm, who had held them scoreless in both meetings prior this season.
In a game where the Thunderbolts couldn't get even a single bounce to go their way, the Thunderbolts would pepper the Quad City net with 41 shots on goaltender Eric Levine, and an additional 3 on the iron posts of the net that Levine was guarding. Despite all that, the Thunderbolts couldn't beat Levine, and Quad City would win 4-0.
One of the main advantages the Thunderbolts have had on their opponents this year has been the outstanding play of their goaltenders, Braeden Ostepchuk and tonight's starter, Ed Minney. Giving his team every opportunity to win tonight, he made 34 saves, as the Bolts came up just short, 1-0.
In yet another edition of the Thunderbolts-Rivermen rivalry, the Bolts would put up a strong effort and hold even with Peoria most of the way. Unfortunately, it just wasent enough as Peoria found a way to sneak by with a 4-2 win.
Mark Petaccio has been making his mark since returning to the Thunderbolts last week, scoring a goal and nearly scoring another one which was called off after review. Tonight, Petaccio would strike again to start a comeback for the Thunderbolts which would just fall short in a 5-3 loss to the Bulls.