It's been six years since Evansville professional hockey has seen a playoff berth. The time has come and we're SO excited. Did I mention Game 1 is FREE and open to the public!

Ford Center

It may have taken six years, but the city will be electric when the Thunderbolts take the ice for Game 1 of the SPHL Playoffs against the 2016-17 defending champions, Macon Mayhem!

“I think we match up well with them,” said Head Coach Jeff Pyle. “We’ve played hard against them all year and every game has been tight.” Coach went on to say, “It didn’t matter to us who it was".  “We were willing to play anybody at any time.  We have to beat everyone to win it, so we weren’t worried about anyone.”

Game 1 of the SPHL playoffs begins at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at the Ford Center in Evansville.  E Night is FREE and open to the public thanks to E is for Everyone and the first 100 people will get a free t-shirt!.  Doors open at 6 p.m. for the general public.  Season ticket holders will be allowed to enter at 5:45 p.m. to ensure they get their favorite seat in the house.  In addition to the game being presented for FREE, fans can also receive a free rally towel, courtesy of A. Schulman.

Game 2 will be played in Macon on Saturday, April 14th, 2018, as well as game 3 — if necessary — on Sunday, April 15th, 2018.