The Bulls strike first as Andy Bathgate scores with 11:38 to go in the first. Keegan Bruce gets the assist and the guys go to the locker room with a 1-0 advantage. The 2nd period was a different story altogether. After a penalty free 1st, the Bulls draw 2 back-to back early in the 2nd and the Rivermen capitalize to tie the game at 1-1. Peoria flexed their muscles and pounded Mavric Parks with 17 shots in the period to Birmingham’s 3 and put up 2 more goals to take a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. After Peoria added a 4th at 14:27 in the 3rd, Alexander Taulien shows he’s not done and brings the Bulls back to within 2 with a goal at 10:37. Matt Fuller and Brandon Millin assist. Craig Simchuk will go in for the first fight of the season against Peoria’s Nick Miglio though I’m told it was barely a scuffle. The Rivermen add an empty net goal to down the Bulls 5-2. The rematch is set for tomorrow night at 7:15. Tune in to 99.1 The Game for the radio broadcast.