01/07/2018 9:58 AM -
After a tough loss in Macon where the Bolts did almost everything right, the Thunderbolts headed off to Birmingham on Saturday in high spirits with one point in hand and a chance to take 3 of 4 on the weekend. After trailing in the first and again in the second period, Evansville would score four unanswered goals, including Dylan Clarke’s 99th and 100th professional goals, to win 5-2 in Birmingham.
The Bulls took a 1-0 lead early, as Matt Fuller tapped home a rebound at 2:10 to give Birmingham the first lead of the night. Evansville would respond, as Frank Schumacher tied it off a rebound from Dave Williams and Nick Lazorko at 16:00. The Bulls would lead again as Keegan Bruce made it 2-1 at 1:06, and it would be all Evansville from there on. The Bolts led the 2nd period shots, 18-5, and would score twice, from Clarke (at 6:30 from Lazorko and Sean Reynolds) and Brandon Lubin (at 10:40 from Lazorko and John Scorcia) to make it 3-2 going into the third period. The shots would be almost even, with the Bulls leading 13-12, but the only two goals of the period would be by Evansville players. Chase Nieuwendyk would score from Scorcia and Reynolds at 3:16 to make it 4-2. Later in the third period, two fights would break out. The first came at 10:32 after Phil Tesoriero laid a heavy hit on Reynolds, drawing immediate response from Bo Driscoll. The second would pit Lee Christensen against Alexander Taulien at 12:49, after a collision at the Evansville blue line. Finally, Clarke would pick up his second goal of the night and his 100th professional goal with 3:15 left after getting multiple whacks at the puck, with Brendan Mitchell picking up an assist to make the final score 5-2.
For Evansville, Clarke picked up two goals, with other goals coming from Lubin, Schumacher and Nieuwendyk. Lazorko picked up three assists and picking up two assists were Reynolds and Scorcia. Tomas Sholl picked up the win, stopping 27 of 29 shots. Next weekend, the Bolts head to Peoria on Friday, Jan. 12 and return home to play Peoria again on Ford Center ice on Jan. 13. The weekend concludes with a Sunday matchup with the Mississippi RiverKings on Jan. 14. The next meetings with the Bulls will be Jan. 19 and 20 at Ford Center.
About Evansville Thunderbolts: The Evansville Thunderbolts is the area’s only professional hockey team. The Thunderbolts are a proud member of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). The team is owned and operated by VW Sports, L.L.C, a subsidiary of VenuWorks, Inc. www.evansvillethunderbolts.com