Weekend Preview 11/15 & 11/16

by Mike Basile

The Thunder look to get back in the win column this weekend with a home and home against Mentor. It all starts Friday Night with Military Appreciation Night at The Thunderdome! Tickets will be discounted for active Military and Veterans, as well as game day Military jerseys being auctioned off, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the USO. Puck drops at 7:05. Saturday, The Thunder head up to Mentor for a 6:30 start. They will be looking for their first road win of the season.

Tale of The Tape:

Delaware: (1-5-0-0) 3 Points 20 Goals for 31 Goals Against

Mentor: (5-1-0-0) 15 Points 31 Goals for 12 Goals Against

Players to Watch:


Ryan Marker: 6-8-14

Brandon Contratto 6-8-14


Jon Buttitta: 8-6-14

Parker Moskal: 3-10-13


  After an opening weekend split with Columbus, The Thunder have dropped four straight. Elmira got the best of the Thunder this past weekend, but Delaware was able to take some positives from the weekend. Resilient is the first word that comes to mind. The Thunder found themselves down 4-0 Friday night going in to the third period. Delaware answered back with the next three, and even after giving up the 5th goal they were able to once again cut the lead back to one. With a good week of practice The Thunder will be looking to mimic that third period for a full sixty minutes.

  On the other hand, Mentor is coming off a home and home sweep of Battle Creek, where they scored 15 goals, hitting double digits on Saturday night. Mentor has had no shortage of scoring goals this season, as they have scored 5 or more goals in four of their six games. While they do score a plethora of goals, we can’t over look the play of goaltender Austyn Roudebush. Roudebush posted a 1.84 goals against average and a .936 save percentage through the first six games. Mentor looks to continue their success against Delaware this weekend.