THIS WEEKEND’S GAME:
SATURDAY – North Iowa @ New Ulm, 7:10 p.m.
BULLS VS. NEW ULM ALL-TIME: 39-7-2
THIS WEEK’S PROMOTIONS: Sunday’s home game against Wausau is a Spring Break celebration, with admission discounted to just $3 for all students.
TEAM OF THE CENTURY: Second-year forward Brendan Studioso is quietly nearing a milestone for North Iowa – with one more goal or assist, he’ll reach the 100-point mark in his Bulls career, with 10 of those points coming in the postseason last year. Several other players have reached the century mark in regular-season play recently, with Mitch Dolter hitting 100 with his final assist in the Bulls’ last game against the Steel on Feb. 24. The team’s active scoring leader is Connor Clemons, with 119 career regular season points.
FLYING HIGHER THAN EVER: North Iowa’s Josh Arnold and Dayton Honkanen have both committed to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and head coach Steve Freeman may
have just filled out his forward line with this week’s commitment from Clemons. The Savage, Minnesota native has been out of the lineup since Feb. 10 due to injury, but became the ninth player of the season to make a commitment for next season with his announcement this past week. Six of those commitments are to NCAA Division III programs, with the remaining three signing NAHL tenders.
KING OF THE HILL: With a win tonight, New Ulm will attain its regular-season division title. The Steel finished second in the West Division in 2015-16, but have watched either North Iowa or Granite City take the division crown each of their first six years in the league.
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE: North Iowa is just one win away from securing a historic season sweep against the New Ulm Steel. In the previous six years, the Bulls have never been able to take every single game against the Steel, either as a New Ulm- or Twin Cities-based franchise. The Bulls scored three wins in four tries last year,
the fifth season in six that the Steel have avoided a season sweep against their longtime division counterparts by a single game.