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  1. Yep, that's the one, thanks for the link. $120 for an unmarked replica is higher end for minor pro, but whatever the market will bear. Maybe Santa will read this.
  2. Good come-from-behind victory in a Shootout for the Rivermen.
  3. My perspective from Section 118 right at center ice: The Bulls were competitive all night, but Memphis did a great job of keeping them on the periphery inside the Kings' blueline almost the entire night. Birmingham looked very organized with good speed out of their zone and thru neutral ice. But then they'd either have to dump & chase or carry the puck down the boards where they'd get squeezed. Memphis was simply superior defensively tonight. For the Bulls, Maveric Parks definitely kept his team within striking distance with good positioning and rebound control. I thought Sean Gammage played the best overall game on defense, nothing fancy but steady & stayed cool while using his size to protect his goalie. Up front, I'd say Keegan Bruce & Andy Bathgate have the most promise. Saw a couple of small groups of Bulls fans in attendance at Landers, wearing team gear. First time I'd seen the black & red road jerseys; my wife & I both thought they looked very sharp. How do I get me one of 'em for my collection?
  4. No real-time game posts possible, but I'll have photos to share from this game in a couple of days. Good luck to The Bulls.
  5. See related "Team News: Rivermen opener arrives" post, couurtesy of MacGuy.
  6. Rivermen join the fun tonight in Evansville. First of many games between these two teams this season. Check the Game Calendar to get warmed up.
  7. I was at the opener in Southaven. Both teams looked like they had early season-itis, as apparently did the referees. They got the disallowed Knoxville goal call right in the 1st period, but after that the penalty benches stayed warmer than the temps outside. Shameful performance by the orange-banded guys, but it went both ways. More importantly, Knoxville is gonna have a tough season if y'all keep that goalie as your starter. Sheesh!
  8. Birmingham Bulls Roster

    I see you caught the misspelling of his last name. Millen was briefly on the Orlando Solar Bears ECHL roster last season after graduating from college. He does have some Canadian juniors & major juniors play behind him as well as Canadian college stats to consider: Elite Prospects - Charlie Millen (G). His Dad is former NHL goaltender Greg Millen. So he's got a pedigree. And courtesy of Yahoo! Sports Canada, a highlight reel save when the younger Millen was playing for the Ottawa Jr. Senators of the CCHL ...
  9. I mounted a jamming pod on my drone & temporarily knocked out '3519's wi-fi.
  10. Women's hockey

    Thanks for the link, Perfesser. My wife & I added "women's hockey fans" to our shared resume during last spring's Frozen Four in St. Charles, MO. Very competitive hockey to witness. I had watched several NWHL games streamed during their first season, and enjoyed those games as well. This season I've already attended two women's Div I games at the home arena of the Lindenwood (MO) Lady Lions. They play some nationally ranked teams every season (Wisconsin, Minnesota, one of their CHA rivals Robert Morris University out of Western PA). The U.S. collegiate women's game is noticeably different from men's college or U.S. junior hockey, with "no check" rules & generally smaller sized players with less "oomph" on their shots. But the better teams display surprisingly fast skating & transitions, and the play from the top of the circles in toward the goal and that along the boards can get pretty physical. So I would encourage hockey fans to support women's hockey with the same zest that they display for the boys 'n' men. They all put on their skates one foot at a time.
  11. UHL Returns For 2017\18 Season

    Maybe they decided to focus on their Unterkärntner Hockey Liga spinoff (does that logo look familiar, Speed?). Or maybe they ran afoul of international trademark claims with the existence of Sweden's Universitetsligan hockey. Or some combination of the two.
  12. The author of that particular article is a widely beloved member of the Peoria sports community. So even though Peoria County is a left-leaning island surrounded by a sea of conservative Illinois counties, I doubt he'll lose much of his long-lived luster as a regional sports icon just for writing a click-bait story. It's how the business runs.
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