By James Hayes | Field Pass
On the final night of the 2020-21 season for Birmingham, the Bulls faced the same opponent as opening night back in December. That team is the Pensacola Ice Flyers. In net for the Bulls on the night was Hayden Stewart and on the other side of the ice in net for the Ice Flyers was Jake Kupsky. On this Friday night matchup, the Bulls would be looking to close out the season on a high note for both themselves and the fans. Pensacola on, the other hand is playing for the 3rd seed in the playoffs and a matchup with the Knoxville Ice Bears.
The first period started out fast and furious with both teams pressing hard and exchanging chances early on. In true Bulls vs. Ice Flyer fashion, the game was physical early on and the physical play resulted in penalties early in the period. 3:36 into the period both teams were cited with penalties, but the Bulls ended up with an extra roughing minor and that resulted in an Ice Flyer powerplay. Pensacola went to work on the powerplay and 33 seconds into it, they got on the scoreboard. The goal came when Ben Freeman sent a pass to Jordan Ernst from behind the net into the slot. Ernst gathered control of the puck and sent a wrist shot just over the shoulder of Stewart's glove side.