By James Hayes | Field Pass
The Birmingham Bulls traveled up I-65 for an early evening battle with in-state rival the Huntsville Havoc. Both teams came into the game looking to end there losing streaks. The Bulls have lost their past 6 straight games and the Havoc are on a 3-game skid. This game marks the 7th meeting between the two teams on the season with the Havoc leading the season series 4-2. The Bulls come into the night being outscored 26-10 during this losing streak and would be looking to find some offense on the night. Austin Lotz got the nod in net for the Bull’s and Jason Pawloski got the call between the pipes for the Havoc.
Huntsville started the game on a mission and controlled the first few minutes of play. Just 2:04 into the opening period, Havoc forward Matthew Barnaby entered the offensive zone with some speed. He skated across the front of the crease and zinged a wrist shot past Austin Lotz to give the Havoc the early lead. A few moments later while the Bulls were on the power play, Austin Lotz would attempt to clear the puck out of the zone and turn the puck over to the Havoc. Lotz got back to his crease to make a save, keeping the game at 1-0 but. He then fell to the ice and the trainers would have to assist him off the playing surface.
With Lotz ou ,Hayden Stewart took command of the Bulls' net and would get tested right away by helping kill off two Birmingham penalties. Stewart stopped all 10 shots that came his direction and the Bulls went into the locker room after one period down 1-0 while building some momentum in the final minute of the period.
Birmingham came out of the locker room a changed team after a rough first period. 2:51 into the second Huntsville player, Alec Brandup got called for holding, giving the Bulls a powerplay chance to tie up the game. With time expiring in the powerplay, Bulls captain,Logan Nelson caught a pass to the right wing circle and skated in on Pawloski, shooting and scoring making it a tie game. At that point Birmingham would skate around with a chip on their shoulder, looking to get their first lead in quite some time.