Storm Suffer Loss After Bulls Bounce Back

It is always tough to pull positives from a gut punching defeat.  And that’s exactly what the Storm received on Friday night versus the Birmingham Bulls.

 

The Storm struggled to find offense in the first four games versus Peoria.  But scoring was not a problem in the first two periods versus Birmingham.  Quad City scored first, and then second, third, fourth and fifth to stun the Bulls.  That’s a positive.

 

Unfortunately, the Bulls never gave up on the game.  A last-minute goal in period two from Garrett Schmitz created a spark that it seemed the intermission break would be able to extinguish.  Even after the first half of the third period it seemed as if the Storm would be fine. 

 

Lack of attack turned into a sense of complacency for the Storm and Birmingham battled back with three goals in two-minutes, starting at 8:43 and concluding at 6:44, and then buried the equalizer with :50 seconds remaining in the game. 

 

Once the game was sent to OT it felt all but certain the Bulls would seal the deal, and they did, when Justin Larson slid a puck across the crease that bounced off a Storm player and in to give the second point to the visitors.

 

The Storm faceoff against Birmingham again tomorrow and will try to split the weekend set and bounce back to carry momentum into their first multi-game road trip of the season.

Brian Rothenberger