Playoff Hockey

Roanoke in sight as Thunderbolts begin playoff run

It’s time for playoff hockey in Evansville.

The Evansville Thunderbolts finished their regular season with a 32-22 record, the club’s best record in its seven years. Finishing fifth in the 11-team Southern Professional Hockey League, the Thunderbolts open a first-round, best-of-three President’s Cup playoff series against the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs on April 13.

Game One is Thursday at the Ford Center, with a 7 p.m. puck drop. The series shifts to Roanoke for Game Two on Saturday. Game Three, if necessary, is Sunday in Roanoke.

Photo by Cheyenne Bruce Photography and provided by the Evansville Thunderbolts organization.The Evansville Thunderbolts faced off against the Quad City Storm on Feb. 11 at the Ford Center.

Evansville and Roanoke did not face off during the regular season.

The Thunderbolts are encouraging a white out (fans are asked to wear white) for Thursday’s series opener. The first 500 people through the gates will receive Thunderstix, noisemakers courtesy of Lyondell Basell.

While having a good season on the ice, Evansville’s professional hockey franchise also achieved success at the gate.

The Thunderbolts drew an average 3,109 fans per home game to the Ford Center. That’s easily the most in club history and a 23% increase from last season’s 2,524, which was the previous record.

For ticket information and to follow the Thunderbolts’ run through the SPHL President’s Cup playoffs, visit

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