QUAD CITIES (WFIE) - For Chase Nieuwendyk, tonight would be his final of 131 career professional games, 102 of them with the Thunderbolts. In this final game, he picked up his 20th career goal. However, the Evansville Thunderbolts’ series of bad bounces would continue to the very end, with the Thunderbolts falling 5-4 again in Quad City.
The Thunderbolts would score twice after falling 1-0 in the first period, as Nieuwendyk’s goal would come at the 11:31 mark, unassisted on a breakaway. Ben Campbell would put the Thunderbolts ahead, with his first professional goal at the 13:33 mark, from Brandon Tucker and Jake Howie. Tied 2-2 in the second period, the Thunderbolts would score on both halves of a double-minor power play to take a 4-2 lead. Frank Schumacher would score first, on a blast from ten feet out, assisted by Joseph Mizzi and Eric Salzillo at the 6:30 mark. The other goal would come from Colin Clapton, on a net-front scramble, assisted by Shayne Morrissey and Nieuwendyk at the 8:03 mark. The Storm would respond with three goals late in the third to come from behind to win, 5-4.
Nieuwendyk led the way with a goal and assist, while Schumacher, Clapton and Campbell had a goal each. Murray made 31 saves on 36 shots.