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Rivermen Battle Back in Third, Bulls Run Off with Shootout Friday

Pelham, AL – The Peoria Rivermen piled 45 shots on goal through regulation and overtime, battled to a 3-3 tie after 65 minutes, and fell 4-3 in a shootout to the Birmingham Bulls at Pelham Civic Complex Ice Arena Friday. The loss, Peoria’s third straight, drops the Rivermen to 35-7-7 on the season before tomorrow night’s rematch with the Bulls in Alabama.

The Bulls opened the scoring when a pair of former Rivermen teamed up near the midpoint of the first period. Birmingham center Josh Harris carried the puck into the slot of the Peoria zone on a 2-on-1 break, sent a pass to teammate Jacob Barber on the left wing, and Harris snapped Barber’s return pass through Rivermen netminder Storm Phaneuf for a 1-0 lead at 8:47 of the opening frame.

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Photo Credit: Dennis Sievers/Peoria Rivermen