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Jerseys For Humboldt

The Birmingham Bulls would like to encourage you to join us in wearing your Bulls Jersey to work or school to show support for the Humboldt Broncos Hockey team on Wednesday, April 18th. Please post your pictures and messages on the Birmingham Bulls Hockey Facebook page with the #jerseysforHumboldt tag to show your tribute to Humboldt.

To date, sixteen victims from the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Team have died following the team’s bus collision with a transport truck on April 6th.

Humboldt Broncos Hockey

“The Birmingham Bulls organization grieves with the rest of the world over this terrible tragedy,” Bulls Managing Partner, Art Clarkson said “and we look forward to publicly showing our support for Humboldt next Wednesday.”

Craig Simchuk named Warrior Player of the Week

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (March 13, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced Craig Simchuk of the Birmingham Bulls is the Warrior Player of the Week for March 5-11.

Simchuk scored three goals, including one game-winner, and added an assist as Birmingham swept a pair of games from second place Pensacola to extend their winning streak to four games and move to within one point of the final playoff spot.

Craig Simchuk scores 3 goals for the weekend photo by: Max Barton

 

On Friday, the Winnipeg, MB native scored a power play goal and assisted on the clinching empty-netter as the Bulls doubled-up Pensacola, 6-3. The following night, Simchuk scored two power play goals, including the game-winner 1:24 into overtime, as Birmingham downed the Ice Flyers 3-2.

Now in his fourth professional season, Simchuk is currently riding a career-best five-game point streak (4g, 4a).

Also Nominated: Mike Fazio, Evansville (2 gp, 1g, 3a, +6), Christian Powers, Huntsville (2 gp, 2g), David Brancik, Knoxville (2 gp, 2g, 2a, gwg, +3), Dylan Vander Eshe, Macon (2 gp, 2g, 1a, gwg), Derek Sutliffe, Mississippi (3 gp, 2g, 3a, gwg), Garrett Milan, Pensacola (3 gp, 3a), Macon Pulde, Peoria (1-0-1, 1.61 gaa, 0.959 save%) and Maxime Guyon, Roanoke (2 gp, 1g, 3a)

from thesphl.com

Birmingham Bulls, Giant Killers

This past Friday and Saturday nights, the Bulls hosted the 2nd place Pensacola Ice Flyers at the Pelham Civic Center for 93.7 WDJC’s Church Nights. The Bulls have been on a hot streak as of late and this would be another test.

93.7 WDJC – Church Nights

The Bulls came out playing like a team on a mission. Shane Topf scored the first goal while Birmingham was short handed on the penalty kill halfway through the first period. The Bulls scored 2 more fairly quick goals, the first coming on the power play as Craig Simchuk puts it in to give Birmingham a 2-0 lead. Josh Harris then puts in a third goal to give the Bulls a 3 point lead at the first break.

#9 Shane Topf goes in hard.

Pensacola gets on the board early in the 2nd period taking advantage of a power play just 1:19 in. Evan Schultz gets that back a few minutes later prompting the Ice Flyers to pull their starting goalie in favor of backup Brian Billett. Pensacola seemed to rally quickly making it 4-2 less than a minute later. However, Myles McCauley manages to get the lead back to 3 with a power play goal with 50 seconds to go in the 2nd and we’ll go to intermission 5-2 Bulls.

#2 Myles McCauley on the job

 

Pensacola again capitalizes on a power play 13:21 into the 3rd period to cut their deficit to 2. Pensacola then decided to pull their goalie with about 2 minutes to go hoping to gain ground but the Bulls gain control allowing Justin Larson to hit the empty net sealing the deal with 1:29 on the clock. The Bulls take game one 6-3 as goaltender Charlie Millen stops 33 of the Ice Flyers 36 shots.

#11 Justin Larson with the moves

93.7 WDJC’s first of two “Church Nights” brought a crowd of 2,389 to the Pelham Civic Complex. The following night saw a crowd of 2,743 and a much closer game.

Giant Killers Celebrate

Pensacola’s Brian Billett would continue in the net where he left off the previous night. The Ice Flyers scored first 6:12 into the game but Craig Simchuk made use of a Bulls power play to tie the game at 1-1 just over a minute later. Both goalies performed flawlessly until the end of the 2nd period as Pensacola managed to score with under a second on the clock.

Craig Simchuk scores 3 goals for the weekend

More defensive play throughout the 3rd until finally rookie newcomer, Mike Davis scored his first professional goal to tie the game just 2:18 before the final buzzer.

Rookie newcomer Mike Davis nets the game tying goal Saturday. His first professional goal in his second game as a Bull.

Early into the overtime period, Pensacola drew a bench penalty for “too many men” giving Birmingham a man advantage. The Bulls take advantage of the power play quickly as Craig Simchuk hits the game winner just 30 seconds later (his 3rd goal of the weekend). Bulls win 3-2. Charlie Millen stops 33 of 35 shots tonight for the win and allowed only 5 goals on 71 shots for both games, an outstanding .930 save %.

Charlie Millen has taken charge since taking the role of starting netminder

A huge lift in points, the Bulls pull to within 1 point of 8th place Roanoke and playoff contention. 3 points shy of 7th place Mississippi and 4 points away from Evansville in 6th (6 points at the time of this article), Birmingham travels to Evansville Friday and returns home Saturday to host Roanoke for St. Patrick’s Day. The Bulls will be wearing special St. Patrick’s Day jerseys which will be auctioned off after the game. Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Alabama. We’d love to see a packed arena cheering the Bulls to victory. Hope to see you there. Go Bulls Go!! We Bullieve!!!

Special St. Patrick’s Day jersey

 

Justin Larson named Warrior Player of the Week

Birmingham’s Justin Larson named Warrior Player of the Week HUNTERSVILLE, NC (March 6, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced Justin Larson of the Birmingham Bulls is the Warrior Player of the Week for February 26-March 4.

Justin Larson named SPHL Warrior Player of the Week

Larson scored a shootout goal and added four assists as the Bulls took a pair of games from Knoxville to move to within three points of the final playoff spot. With the weekend sweep, Birmingham improved to 8-2-0 in their last 10 games. On Friday, the Buckhorn, ON native had a first period assist and scored one of Birmingham’s three shootout goals as the Bulls edged past Knoxville 6-5. The following night, Larson assisted on three Birmingham goals, including the overtime game-winner as the Bulls defeated Knoxville 4-3. Signed by Birmingham on January 14, Larson has recorded 15 points in 15 games for the Bulls (4g, 11a). Last season, Larson captured a Germany3 (Oberliga) Championship with the Tilburg Trappers, scoring 27 goals and adding 45 assists in 44 games. Also Nominated: Ryan de Melo, Evansville (1-0-0, 1 ga, 34 saves), Shawn Bates, Huntsville (2 gp, 3g, 2a, +3, gwg), Eliot Grauer, Knoxville (3 gp, 2g), Jake Trask, Macon (3 gp, 2g, 2a, gwg), Bryan Arneson, Mississippi (3 gp, 4g, 1a, +3), Charlie Adams, Pensacola (2 gp, 2g, 2a), Justin Greenberg, Peoria (3 gp, 1g, 3a, shg) and Cam Bakker, Roanoke (2 gp, 1g, 2a)

Bulls Double Down the Ice Bears

Birmingham Bulls fans were treated to some exciting games this weekend at the Pelham Civic Complex. Friday night, the Bulls built a 3-0 lead over the Knoxville Ice Bears in the first period and would end up tied 5-5 at the end of regulation. After a 5 minute, 3-on-3 overtime period failed to settle things, the game went to a shoot out. The first 5 shooters produced 2 goals for each team but when Josh Harris scored his second goal of the shootout, Bulls goalie Charlie Millen shut down the final shot by the Ice Bears to give his team the 6-5 victory. Harris is credited with the game winning goal, his third of the night, and a “hat trick”. Taylor Dickin, Shane Topf and John Rey also scored in this thriller.

Saturday night’s rematch proved just as thrilling. Taylor Dickin got the Bulls started as his goal gave Birmingham a 1-0 lead at the first intermission but Knoxville pulled ahead with 2 goals in the 2nd period. Shane Topf and Craig Simchuk score in the 3rd to give Birmingham the late lead. Knoxville however, pulled their goalie after Birmingham was penalized giving them a 6-on-4 advantage. This allowed them to tie the game with 58 seconds left in regulation. This time the overtime period proved to be quickly decisive as Bulls newcomer Caleb Apperson nets his first professional goal in just his second game on a tryout contract with the Bulls. He seems to be dead set on a full time gig and the fans gave him their recommendation via applause as the celebration erupted in the arena. Charlie Millen again provides the net minding needed to secure the win in the 4-3 decision.

Mississippi and Roanoke, the 7th and 8th place teams respectively, both won Friday and lost Saturday which allowed the Bulls to close the gap to 3 points in the push to the playoffs. Here’s hoping they can “March” into contention. The Bulls will enjoy some time on home ice in preparation for next weekend’s games vs Pensacola here at the Pelham Civic Complex, Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 7:00. Come on out and support your Birmingham Bulls. We’d love to see you there. Go Bulls Go!! We Bullieve!!

Bulls Tame the Ice Bears

The Bulls are on the road in Knoxville tonight taking on the Ice Bears. Josh Harris scores just 2:16 into the game, unassisted. Birmingham leads the shot count for the first period 15-7 and they go to break up 1-0.

Josh Harris scores his second goal of the night to start the second period scoring just 2:40 in. Steven Phee gets the assist. Knoxville finds success and manages to even it up with goals at 8:15 and 5:50 remaining. The Bulls are out shot 15-9 this period and are tied 2-2 at the second break.

Shane Topf finally gets the third period scoring started with 11:04 on the clock. John Rey and Matt Fuller with assists. Evan Schultz adds another goal with 2:04 remaining to put the Bulls up by 2. The Ice Bears pull their goalie with 55 seconds on the clock and manage to score with 32 seconds remaining but the Bulls hang on to win 4-3 in Knoxville.

The Bulls will travel to Huntsville for tomorrow night’s game against the Havoc; looking for 2 more points in the push to the playoffs.
Follow along on WERC 960 AM or watch the game on SPHL Live. Go Bulls!!

Bulls quiet the Thunderbolts

The Bulls look to start a fresh winning streak at home tonight against the Evansville Thunderbolts.

Shane Topf gets things started with a goal at 4:12 left in the 1st period. Graham Yeo assists and they’ll go to break up 1-0. Evansville gets the edge on shots 17-11.

Shane Topf gets his 2nd goal of the night to start 2nd period scoring just 42 seconds in. Taylor Dickin and Andy Bathgate get the assists. Evansville will pull back within 1 about a minute later (18:15). Then Evan Schultz gets in on the action with a goal 5 minutes in to put the Bulls up by 2, Josh Harris and Steven Phee assisting (14:59). Steven Phee makes it 4-1 with his goal at 13:01 to go in the period. Assists come from Josh Harris and Jacob Barber. Evansville manages to get one back with 2:06 left and the Bulls go to break up 4-2. Birmingham leads the period on shots as well at 18-14.

In a third period that seemed to last forever, the Bulls were out shot 18-7. Only one made it through during a 6-on-5 when Evansville pulled their goalie in favor of the extra skater in the final minutes. The Thunderbolts pull within 1 as they score with 13 second left. The Bulls win 4-3 with 2,746 in attendance and the next winning streak is on. Charlie Millen gets the win stopping 46 of 49 shots for an outstanding .939 save percentage.

The Bulls next home games are March 2nd and 3rd against the Knoxville Ice Bears. March 2nd is onezee night. Wear a onezee to the game and get $3 off admission. March 3rd, the first 1,000 kids will get a Bulls poster compliments of DMS Color in Pelham. Hope to see y’all there. Go Bulls!!

Bulls upset top ranked Pensacola

The Bulls face off against top ranked Pensacola and look to keep the streak alive.

Jacob Barber gets the Bulls on the board first with a goal just 2:31 into the game. Assist from Steven Phee (17:29). Pensacola manages to tie it up with 10:29 to go. Jacob Barber adds his second goal of the night just over a minute later with 9:22 on the clock, Evan Schultz and Steven Phee with assists. Birmingham is out shot 11-17 but will go to break up 2-1.

The 2nd period goes scoreless up until 43 seconds to go and then Pensacola finds that still small opening to tie the game at 2-2 for the second intermission. Shots go to the Ice Flyers 13-8.

Brandon Fehd gets back to work scoring early in the 3rd (17:54) with assists from Andrew Darrigo and Graham Yeo. Then, Pensacola gets back even at the 10:26 mark. John Rey takes advantage of the 5 on 3 power play to put the Bulls back up by 1 with 7:31 to play. Jacob Barber and Steven Phee with assists. This one is exciting to the end. The Bulls fight off a brief 6 on 4 skirmish and then give John Rey just enough room to launch a shot at least 150 feet into the empty net with 21 seconds remaining to upset the Ice Flyers 5-3. That’s 5 wins in row if you’re counting.

The Bulls are on the road Friday to Macon, back home Saturday vs Evansville then down to Pensacola on Sunday. Puck drops at 7:00 Saturday night after a 3:00 UAB game vs Mississippi State. A ticket for the Bulls game gets you into the UAB game for free. Come join us for a hockey double header.

Go Bulls!! & Go Blazers!!

Bulls complete the weekend sweep

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!!