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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!!

Bulls knock off the Rivermen

Jacob Barber is back. John Rey is back. Mavric Parks? Yep. Keegan Bruce? Uh no. Only as the “enemy”.

The 1st period penalties are plentiful, 10 minutes for each team. The Bulls are out shot 15-6 but we are scoreless going to break. The Bulls will start fresh in the 2nd with 1:01 left on a power play.

Taylor Dickin scores right off a face off in the Peoria end to give the Bulls the lead, Shane Topf assisting (11:57). Shane Topf adds a goal of his own 2 minutes later making the goalie look silly. Larson and Fuller assist and the Bulls are up 2-0 halfway through the 2nd (9:55). Peoria takes advantage of a power play to pull within 1 with 3:50 left in the 2nd and they’ll go to break that way. Bulls better on shots but still out shot 15-12.

Peoria starts 3rd period scoring, again capitalizing on the power play to tie the game with 8:26 on the clock. Then, just when it looked like we were going to overtime, Justin Larson sends a beauty to the back of the net to give the Bulls the lead with 2:14 left. Taylor Dickin and Sean Gammage assist. The Bulls fought hard to hold on as Peoria pulled the goalie for last 1:20. The Bulls win gives them 2 more well deserved points. The Rivermen out shoot the Bulls 14-7 in the final frame but quality, not quantity, rules the day.

Same match-up here tomorrow night at 7:00. Doors open at 6:00 and the first 1,000 kids receive Birmingham Bulls trading cards complements of DMS Color in Pelham. See you there!
Go Bulls Go!!

Bulls bolt past Evansville

Getting to work early, Evan Schultz’s goal just 5:22 into the game puts the Bulls up 1-0 at the first intermission. The Bulls with more than double Evansville’s shots at 13-6 in the 1st.

Evansville takes advantage of the power play in the 2nd period to tie the game 1-1 (13:58). Shane Topf gets that back with a goal at the 11:55 mark with Taylor Dickin assisting. Then Josh Harris adds a shorthanded goal with 3:10 remaining, assists from Steven Phee & Phil Tesoriero. Shane Topf makes it 4-1 Bulls with his second goal of the night. Assists come from Justin Larson & Matt Fuller with 1:09 in the 2nd. Bulls trail in shots 9-10 in the period but the math will leave Evansville scratching their heads. Bulls lead 4-1 at the second break.

After a tighter, scoreless 3rd period has the Bulls celebrating a 4-1 victory over Evansville. Birmingham edges the Thunderbolts on shots 6-5 for a total of 28 shots to 21. Charlie Millen gets the win stopping 20 of 21.

Birmingham returns home to host Peoria tomorrow at 7:30 (2/9) and Saturday at 7:00 (2/10). The first 1,000 kids 14 & under receive mini sticks (Fri) and trading cards (Sat). You don’t want to miss it.
Go Bulls!!

Bulls Rally Late To Knock Off Marksmen

“Do you believe in miracles?” – Al Michaels

On Saturday evening before a crowd of 3,276, the Birmingham Bulls relived the magic of the 1980 USA Olympic “Miracle on Ice” victory.

Despite doubling Fayetteville’s shots on goal, the Bulls trailed the Marksmen 1-0 with less that five minutes to go in the game. Then the miracle happened. Graham Yeo fired a shot on Marksmen goaltender Patrick Spano. The puck deflected off to Spano’s left and Phil Tesoriero came streaking in to bury the puck in the net tying the game at 1-1. Yeo and Evan Schultz get the assists.

The game would go to a 5-minute, 3-on-3 overtime period. With Fayetteville having multiple scoring chances and out shooting the Bulls 8-2, Charlie Millen stood strong in net. The fight for the extra point would be decided by shootout.

With Josh Harris, Taylor Dickin and Andy Bathgate successful, the Bulls outscore Fayetteville 3-2 in the shootout and defeat the Marksmen 2-1. Andy Bathgate gets credit for the game winning goal and Charlie Millen gets the win.

One fan noted that the goal count, 4-3, matched the score of the USA/CCCP game of 1980 Olympic fame. “We got our miracle”. The post-game jersey auction, benefiting Children’s of Alabama, was a wonderful success. Bulls fans opened their check books and their hearts to raise several thousand for the cause.

Birmingham hits the road to Evansville on Thursday night to try and get their first win against the Thunderbolts and continue the drive to the playoffs. The Bulls then return home next weekend to do battle with the Peoria Rivermen. Friday night, the first 1,000 youth 14 & under will receive a Bulls mini-stick. Saturday night, the first 1,000 youth receive Bulls trading cards complements of DMS Color in Pelham. It’ll be fun that you don’t want to miss. We hope to see you there.

Go Bulls!! We Bullieve!!

Bulls outshoot the Marksmen

Josh Harris starts things off with a goal just 4:39 into the game with assists from Taylor Dickin and Myles McCauley.
Taylor Dickin adds another to give the Bulls a 2-0 lead at the first break. Assists from Justin Larson and Josh Harris (7:13)
Shots BHM 11 FAY 12

Josh Harris gets right back to work with a short handed goal 56 seconds into the second period with Steven Phee assisting. Newcomer Jacob Barber puts the Bulls up by 4 with a goal just a few minutes later (15:38) Shane Topf and Myles McCauley with assists. Fayetteville finally manages to score taking advantage of the power play (13:04) and then 2 more to pull within a goal before the 2nd intermission. Shots BHM 17 FAY 12

Justin Larson takes the quick goal to start the 3rd period just 45 seconds in (unassisted). Evan Schultz takes his place on the score sheet with a goal at 11:57 remaining with assists from Andy Bathgate and Andrew Darrigo. Justin Larson caps things off with his second goal of the night to give the Bulls the 7-3 victory with Josh Harris and Myles McCauley each adding a point to their totals with the assists. Mavric Parks gets the win stopping 30 of 33 shots as Birmingham logs 36 shots in the contest.

The Bulls travel to Roanoke for tomorrow night’s game vs the Rail Yard Dawgs looking to gain a spot or two in the standings. Go Bulls!! We Bullieve!!

Bulls acquire Jacob Barber in trade

The Birmingham Bulls would like to announce that Keegan Bruce has been traded to the Peoria Rivermen. In return, Peoria will send Jacob Barber to Birmingham. Bruce (29 GP, 9G, 10A, 19PTS) has ties to Peoria as his father played there and he was born in Peoria when his father was playing. “We would like to thank Keegan for his time spent as a Birmingham Bull”, Coach Jamey Hicks said, “He is a great young man that we wish nothing but the best for as he moves forward in his career.”

#15 Keegan Bruce

Barber (29 GP, 12 G, 17 A, 29 PTS) is tied for first in scoring for the Peoria Rivermen and is expected to be a welcome addition to the Bulls. According to Hicks “Jacob should be able to fit right in and contribute to our organization immediately.”

Jacob Barber – Center – acquired from Peoria

In Jacob’s final season (2016-17) at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, he scored 17 goals and had 22 assists for 39 points in 28 games.

#15 Jacob Barber at UWSP

Bulls wreak Havoc!

Back home facing in state rival Huntsville Havoc the Bulls open first period scoring as Shane Topf muscles one in with assists from Andrew Darrigo and Graham Yeo (7:59). Josh Harris adds a goal with assists from Shane Topf and Justin Larson (4:12) to put the Bulls up by 2. Huntsville pulls within one with 14 seconds left in the 1st and they’ll go to break 2-1. Shots for the first frame go to the Bulls 17-12.

Steven Phee adds a pair of goals in the second. The first at 12:12 with assists from Shane Topf and Graham Yeo and an unassisted goal at 2:14. Much fewer shots this period but the Bulls have the edge 7-6.

Lots of great hockey in the 3rd but no goals. The Bulls again out shot the Havoc 14-12 and pick up 2 pts. for the win. The intensity on the ice flooded to the crowd of 2,516 or maybe it was the other way around. Either way, the rivalry dynamic takes a turn and will only get bigger from here. Mavric Parks gets the 4-1 win stopping 29 of 30 shots.

The Bulls are on the road to Fayetteville and Roanoke next weekend and return home on February 2nd and 3rd. Hope to see you all there. Go Bulls!!

Another loss in Evansville

A rematch in Evansville, the first period almost gets away with no score but Birmingham takes advantage of the power play with 38 seconds left. Myles McCauley scores with assists from Keegan Bruce and Evan Schultz. Shots go in Birmingham’s favor 10-4 for the period.

Evansville will tie the game with a goal 2:47 into the 2nd period and then go ahead 2-1 with 9:14 on the clock. A third goal with 7:11 remaining and another with 1:42 to go gives the Thunderbolts a commanding 4-1 lead going to second break. Shots swing heavily to the Bolts favor as they double the Bulls effort 16-8.

The Bulls are finally able to score on the power play with 4:36 left in the 3rd to make it 4-2 with a goal from Josh Harris. The assist comes from Justin Larson and although the shots on goal for the period show Birmingham 13-0 over Evansville, 4-2 will be the final.

The Bulls are home tomorrow for a 3:00 game against Huntsville. Hope to see you there. Go Bulls!!