SUNDAY – Wausau @ North Iowa, 5:00 p.m.
BULLS VS. WAUSAU ALL-TIME: 5-0-0
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.
PLAYOFF PREVIEW: These same two teams will meet again in the first round of the NA3HL Central Division playoffs on Friday and Saturday (and possibly Sunday) – Wausau will make the trip Friday before hosting the Bulls Saturday evening. It’s a milestone for the RiverWolves, who have won five games in as many weeks.
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE: At long last, the Bulls clinched a historic season sweep against the New Ulm Steel with Saturday’s victory. 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 avoided a season sweep against their longtime division counterparts by a single game. In the 2014-15 season, each team won four games against the other, but the Bulls were able to take the season series by a single point thanks to a shootout win for Twin City on Jan. 3.