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  1. @BrendanCarrFCC @mikeofcc @AjitPaiFCC More than 3/4ths of Americans and 70% of Republicans want to keep… https://t.co/346bBXWkQI

  2. Meanwhile, Evansville's sitting with 5. Come on folks, we've got a "beach" too. On the banks of the mighty Ohio. It's a great place to spend your day. Don't worry about the "pollution".
  3. Evansville hits the road on Thanksgiving to face Huntsville. The Havoc have been quietly putting together one of the leagues best winning percentages with a 5-2 record, and are outscoring their opponents +12. Their last game was a win over league #1 Pensacola. The Thunderbolts took a loss (Peoria @ home) and an overtime loss (Mississippi on the road) over the weekend to settle in at .500 (4-4-2). Evansville will be without defensemen Brandon Lubin who's serving the second of a seven game suspension for an illegal hit against Peoria. Brodeur, Leef, and Thompson remain with their respective ECHL squads at this time. The loss of a defensive player could prove problematic. Huntsville is the league leader in goals per game at 4.43, and they're featuring the top power play too. On the other hand, Evansville can't put up anemic shot numbers and hope to compete. Against Mississippi, the Bolts almost took less shots in the entire game (19) than the RiverKings did each period. MacDonald, Scorcia, and Clarke are all experienced guys who've accounted for 10 points in the first 10 games. They'll need to lead the team to victory, if we're to celebrate an over-500 Thanksgiving. Pointstreak Scoreboard Pointstreak Gamelive Pointstreak Pregame Notes Listen Live Next game: Evansville travels to Birmingham for the first-ever matchup against the Bulls on 11/27 @ 7:35PM.
  4. Schumacher did rejoin the team (and seemed to get about 50 minutes of playtime Friday). Fazio released from tryout. Lubin suspended 7 games for illegal hit on Friday. Suspension began Saturday and final suspended game will be 12/8.
  5. Fair punishment. The play was right in front of me, and it was a clearly a cheap shot. Sadly, I've seen this before from Lubin. Last year, after he was traded from EVV, he came back in town and injured somebody on a similar move. He's a pretty good player, but he needs to clean his game up. -- I hope Greenberg has a speedy recovery.
  6. Easy now, the season is only a few weeks old . It's a fair observation. I went too hard down the path of expansion, when I was really trying to point this out: I don't agree with that. I especially don't with a new team, but honestly any team, in any sport, for a 3 game sample? No. Not ever going to be a reliable data set. That's what so much of sports analytics comes down to. There are such an incredible amount of variables in play that it's immensely challenging to accurately predict. Sportsbooks wouldn't exist if it was easy, right? My comments were also meant to talk about this. I hope that most Bulls fans won't view a lack of winning as a huge disappointment. Look for the growth that shows your team is improving and relish your positive future to come. I can't argue with the past, and I'm not willing to try and mine the data for some explanation that fits my narrative . That said, I'm still not going to expect expansion teams to perform up to the level of their competitors. They face many more challenges, and it's logical they would have less success.
  7. I think particularly when it comes to goalies, the motive is developing a prospect. The NHL/AHL staff don't really care if that means the ECHL squad is getting the best guy to win that night. The Vladar kid just turned 20, and he's put up good numbers in the AHL when he's played at the level. I'm sure he's there for the minutes. Matt Ginn is a tougher puzzle. He doesn't have a higher contract that I'm aware of, so I don't think there'd be pressure from "up high" to play him. We are talking about some fairly small samples, and maybe there's something hiding there with the opponents. The only other reason I can imagine Bonar isn't booting the Ginn guy is that he's a known commodity. He's gotten time with at least 5 ECHL squads in the past few years, and his numbers weren't always great. 26 isn't retirement age for a goalie though (ask Matt Ginn), and I expect he'll have more chances soon.
  8. Peoria scores again seconds into a power play with their first shit. Bolts trail by 2.
  9. After failing to capitalize on a few power play opportunities the Bolts get one. Peoria held to just 4 shots as Evansville shows some life in the second. 2-1 Peoria as we head into the third.
  10. Peoria adds another one when Bolts deflect it in their goal. End of 1st.
  11. Rivermen successfully kill the first power play after a goal is waived off. Then take the 1-0 lead on a quick rebound.
  12. While my original response was to the other poster, this underscores the point I'm making. Are expectations set correctly for an expansion team? Well, we're going to disagree on this point. What you're doing is using statistics to make analytical decisions. I don't question the numbers, I question the analytics. You're comparing a new team's stats against established ones, and your greater hockey experience which will be almost entirely experienced teams. You can forecast with accuracy if your data is relevant and accurate, but I don't think it's reasonable to judge a coach's ability after the first few games of an expansion team because the results are poor compared to more experienced teams. Take the last 9 NHL expansion teams: 0 finished above 500, and several were dead last in their conference. It's the nature of the game. What you want to look for is some sort of improvement. Evansville was terrible last year, but as a numbers fan myself I dug into them. There was a marked difference between the play at the end of the season and the earlier phases. In the end, that's going to be how your season should be judged. An expansion team is never competing for the championship. It's about identifying the people/players it takes to build a solid core for the program. I understand that some people don't feel this way, but I think their optimism isn't tempered by reality. I don't even disagree that the data appears to forecast bad results (although, again caution - it's not a normal team, so comparative data is hard to come by). But let's be honest, nobody on here needed to see the game logs to tell you that the Bulls were going to be bad this year. Everybody already knew it. Because they're an expansion team. Good luck with the season guys. I hope your team's able to play competitively and especially pickup some wins for the home crowd. I just encourage you to give the coach and players some time to figure things out. Edit: Agreed, the distinction is that you are looking for the continuous improvement over time. A sample size of six games at the beginning of a hockey season isn't enough to guarantee any sort of accuracy.
  13. The name was familiar, and I see he played for both the Thunderbolts and Evansville Icemen briefly... Afraid I don't remember his play though, and I can normally remember the bad ones.
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