Minney leads Thunderbolts to victory over Quad City

Minney leads Thunderbolts to victory over Quad City

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -After spending a month in the ECHL on call-up with the Wichita Thunder and Maine Mariners, Ed Minney made his return to the Thunderbolts leading the team to a 3-1 victory, making 29 saves on 30 shots, including 12 saves on 13 in the third period.

Evansville got on the board first, as Eric Salzillo finished a perfect deflection play from Shayne Morrissey and Nick Wright at 15:06. It would give Wright two-thirds of the Gordie Howe hat trick, as he engaged in a fight with Al Graves only 1:20 into the game, and in a way, the torch was passed by Graves to Wright, who won the fight with a flurry of right-handers in the second half of the fight. The Thunderbolts would extend the lead to 2-0, as Nick D’Avolio scored on the power play at the 13:22 mark with an assist from Frank Schumacher and Rory Rawlyk. The lead would be extended in the third period, as Carter Shinkaruk found a hole in Quad City goaltender Ryan Mulder, putting it in the net to make it 3-0 at the 4:46 mark, from Brandon Tucker and Chase Nieuwendyk. Quad City scored later on to make it 3-1, but the Thunderbolts held on, especially behind Minney’s efforts, and another perfect penalty kill, which went three-for-three.

These two teams meet again tomorrow night at the Ford Center, with puck drop at 7:15pm CT. Tickets are still available online at EvansvilleThunderbolts.com as well as in person at the Ford Center Box Office.

UPCOMING HOME EVENTS:

Saturday, February 23 – “Bobby” Night

Thursday, February 28 – Thirsty Thursday

Friday, March 1 – Superhero Night – dress as a superhero night

Courtesy: Evansville Thunderbolts

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