Storm Try To Put Red Hot Bulls On Ice

The two most recent additions to the Southern Professional Hockey League square off this weekend at the TaxSlayer Center on Friday and Saturday night at 7:00.

The Quad City Storm face their second opponent of the year following a four-game opening season set with the Peoria Rivermen. After an opening night overtime win the Storm dropped three straight and have been outscored 14-4 in those losses. The most recent defeat was the hardest fought of the skid; the Storm lost 2-1 and matched the play of the Rivermen for most of the game.

The new faces across the ice will be those of the Birmingham Bulls. Birmingham is a second-year SPHL franchise that started the 2018-2019 season by winning all four games they have played. A stark contrast from the Bull’s inaugural season last year when it took the club eight games to find their first W (a 4-3 home win over Peoria).

KEEP IT CLEAN: Quad City is first in the league in time spent short-handed per game, averaging just under seven minutes a night down an attacker. In the third period comeback effort opening night and the most recent 2-1 contest with the Rivermen penalties were down and, in turn, the result has been more competitive hockey.

IMPENATRA-BULL OBJECTs: Birmingham goaltenders Charlie Millen and Mavric Parks have been stellar through four games for the Bulls. Millen enters tonight’s game 1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .947 SV% and Parks is a perfect 3-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .945 SV%.

Brian Rothenberger