By Brett Batcheor | Birmingham Bulls
The Birmingham Bulls fought their way to victory on Saturday in Macon, Georgia for their first win of the season. Birmingham battled trough two late 3rd period goals from the Mayhem to come away victorious 3-2 in overtime on the road.
There was a new face between the pipes for the Bulls on Saturday against the Mayhem. Rookie goaltender Hayden Lavigne out of the University of Michigan got the start with Austin Lotz having a scheduled night off. The Mayhem came out firing shots from all over the ice against the rookie net-minder putting nineteen shots on goal in the first period. However, Lavigne stood his ground firmly allowing none of the shots to get past him in the opening slate. “It was great to see. I’m incredibly happy for Lavigne and the way he played for us on the road,” said head coach Craig Simchuk. Despite going on the power-play twice in the first period, the Bulls were only able to get off four shots on goal in the first period and headed into the first intermission all knotted up at 0-0 in Macon.
The second period went as quiet as the first when it came to putting goals on the board. Neither team was able to put double-digit shots on goal, Macon having nine and Birmingham having seven. There were no penalties from either team in the second period and both squads headed back into the locker room still tied at zero a side.
The third and final period brought heavy action from both teams. Three minutes and eight seconds into the period, the Bulls netted their first goal of the game from Logan Nelson, his first of the season assisted by Mike Davis and Taylor Pryce. Birmingham held their 1-0 lead for just over six minutes until Logan Coomes of the Mayhem tied the game back up 1-1 at the 9:38 mark into the period with assists from Derek Topatigh and Ryan Smith.
The intense third period battle between the two teams continued when Kasey Kulczycki and Josh Victor headed to the box for five minutes for fighting. Birmingham stayed on the gas pedal and would not let up as the game went later and later into the third period. John Gustafsson