Late penalties cost Thunderbolts in loss at Knoxville

Birmingham Bulls (11-8-1) vs. Evansville Thunderbolts (13-7-2) hockey highlights.
Birmingham Bulls (11-8-1) vs. Evansville Thunderbolts (13-7-2) hockey highlights.(WFIE)
Published: Jan. 21, 2023 at 11:32 PM CST
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KNOXVILLE, TN. (WFIE) - The Thunderbolts did a lot of good things against the Ice Bears in a game that was tied 2-2 up until the later stages, however penalty trouble would haunt the Thunderbolts as the Ice Bears scored a pair of late goals to defeat Evansville 4-2 on Saturday night in Knoxville.  The Thunderbolts’ next home game will be on Sunday, January 22nd against the Huntsville Havoc at 3:00pm CT.  For tickets, call (812)422-BOLT (2658), go to, or visit the Ford Center Ticket Office.

The Thunderbolts biggest success came early, as they grabbed an early lead off a goal from Andrew Shewfelt at 2:23 assisted by Mathieu Cloutier.  The Ice Bears tied it with a goal from Dean Balsamo at 4:02, before Brendan Harrogate scored an unassisted goal only 52 seconds later at 4:54 to give Evansville a second lead, 2-1.  That lead lasted through most of the second period, until Cameron Hough tied the game again at 15:15.  Early in the third period, the Ice Bears were awarded a penalty shot, however goaltender Zane Steeves forced Cole McKechney to shoot high and wide, keeping it tied.  A pair of penalties at the same time of 13:23 put Knoxville up 5-on-3, and they would score to take the lead on a goal from Rourke Russell with 5:34 remaining in regulation, followed up by another goal from Nick Pryce with 4:07 remaining to seal the 4-2 loss.

Shewfelt and Harrogate scored one goal each, while Steeves stopped 30 of 34 shots faced in goal. These two teams meet again on March 16th at Ford Center.

Individual game tickets, season tickets and group packages are on sale for this 2022-23 season.  Call 812-422-BOLT or visit our all-new website ( for details.

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.