PELHAM, Ala. – Jeff Jones scored twice and Steve Mele had a pair of assists but the Rail Yard Dawgs surrendered a late lead and ultimately fell to the Birmingham Bulls in overtime, 4-3.
Roanoke got the scoring started in the second when Mele dug a puck out of the corner and fed Ben Bauer at the point. Bauer took a slap shot that Mavric Parks stopped but Jones crashed the net and knocked in the rebound to make it 1-0.
Jones and Mele would connect again later in the frame. Mele controlled the puck below the goal line and slid it to Jones in front who quickly worked it to his forehand and snapped a shot just under the crossbar and past Parks, giving the Dawgs a 2-0 advantage.
Birmingham answered and got on the board in the final minutes of the second. With a delayed penalty coming against the Dawgs and an extra attacker on, the Bulls worked the puck into the slot where Josh Harris ripped a shot on net. It went five hole on Brad Barone and Birmingham cut the Roanoke lead to 2-1.
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