2nd round vs Peoria, Jacob Barber scores just 2:28 into the game to put the Bulls up 1-0. Josh Harris assists. Andy Bathgate adds a goal with 11:41 on the clock with an assist from Evan Schultz. Peoria gets back to within a goal just 15 seconds later and the Bulls lead 2-1 at break with Peoria leading on shots 12-9.
Peoria starts 2nd period scoring to tie the game 2-2 and ends the period with the go ahead with 27 seconds on the clock. 3-2 Rivermen and they’ll outshoot the Bulls 20-11 for the period.
3rd period scoring starts with Evan Schultz and it’s a beauty. Justin Larson and Taylor Dickin assisting (16:51). Peoria takes it back though about 2 minutes later and the Rivermen go up by 2 with 8:50 on the clock. Then the fights started. After two wild melees, several minutes of delay and a few players sent to the showers, the Bulls get back to a 4-3 power play. Jacob Barber makes it count firing one in with 6:35 remaining. Taylor Dickin and Josh Harris assist. Evan Schultz adds his 2nd goal of the night to tie the game back up at 5-5. Josh Harris and John Rey each with assists (4:38)… and we’re headed to overtime.
An extra 5 minute, 3 on 3 period still doesn’t end this one and it’ll be settled by a shoot out.
Jacob Barber and Taylor Dickin score in the shoot out. Charlie Millen shuts down 4 shooters and that’ll be all it takes. Barber is credited with the game winning goal which gives him a hat trick. Evan Schultz had 2 goals and Andy Bathgate gets one in this thriller. Charlie Millen gets the win stopping 43 of 48 shots.
The Bulls manage a weekend sweep a get a big 6 point boost in the standings. 3 up, 3 down and Birmingham retains the unofficial “Title Belt” tracked by The Sin Bin website after taking it in last night’s win. The boys will be back on the ice Tuesday to take on top ranked Pensacola. Back to back wins against 2nd place Peoria showed us they’re capable. We Bullieve!! Go Bulls!!