By James Hayes | Field Pass
On Legends Night in Pelham, AL The Birmingham Bulls welcomed in the Knoxville Ice Bears for the 8th matchup between the teams this season. Coming into the night the Bulls had yet to beat the Ice Bears on the season. In front of 2686 fans, including some legendary players from the WHA Bulls in the 70’s, Birmingham looked to capitalize on the night to move closer to that final playoff spot. Hayden Stewart got the nod in net for the Bulls and on the other side, he would face former Bull and one of the season's top goaltenders Austyn Roudebush.
The first period started with tons of energy from a pumped-up crowd as well as a determined Bulls team. Both teams would take their chances at the net early on but both goaltenders showed that they were not going to let in anything easy on the night. With 6:45 remaining in the period Birmingham’s Chris Lijdsman was sent to the penalty box for elbowing and the Bulls went on the penalty kill for the second time early in the game.