THIS WEEKEND’S GAME:
SATURDAY – Breezy Point @ North Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
BULLS VS. BREEZY POINT ALL-TIME: 30-1-0
THIS WEEK’S PROMOTIONS: Tonight is the Bulls’ Halloween Spooktacular, starting with trunk-or-treating in the parking lot for the kids from 6 to 7 p.m. Fans inside the arena will find $1 “Boos and Brews” throughout the night, and a costume contest will be held for both adults and kids. For a schedule of upcoming promotions, click the “Game Day Fun” link at NorthIowaBulls.com.
U KNOW IT: After posting 21 saves in last Friday’s win over the North Stars, Connor Poczos is spending some time as a Musketeer. Poczos was called up to Sioux City of the United States Hockey League this week, and will spend at least a week with the Musketeers as an emergency backup. Poczos was on the bench Friday night, backing up Miami recruit Ben Craws in a 3-2 loss at the Sioux Falls Stampede, and will be back on the bench tonight in Sioux City. He’s also expected to be with the “Muskies” on Tuesday as they host the Waterloo Black Hawks for a weeknight tilt.
TIME TO CLIMB: After a grueling first month of the season, North Iowa has the chance to climb the ladder in a big way heading into the month of November. The Bulls played five of their 10 games against teams in either first or second place in their respective divisions (Rochester, Granite City, St. Louis), with all five of those games on the road. Now, the Bulls enjoy a stretch of 10 straight games against teams in the bottom half of the West Division standings, with eight of those games to be played in Mason City.
A STAR AMONG NORTH STARS: Cooper Hoheisel will be looking to add on to an outstanding run against the Bulls this season when he takes the ice tonight – three of his four goals have come against North Iowa, including a tally as a member of the New Ulm Steel in September. He added two goals in last Saturday’s loss in “The Barn.”
POWER PLAY POSITIVITY: Last weekend brought more success on the man-advantage for Todd Sanden’s team, with three power-play goals in their two outings against Breezy Point. After an 0-for-27 stretch on the power play, the Bulls have reeled off goals on five of their last 16 chances on the man-advantage. That’s enough for a 31.3% mark, a mark that if extended over the season so far, would rank third in the NA3HL.