THIS WEEKEND’S GAME:
FRIDAY – Alexandria @ North Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
BULLS VS. ALEXANDRIA ALL-TIME: 24-5-1
THIS WEEK’S PROMOTIONS: This weekend is Black Friday at the North Iowa Ice Arena, featuring merchandise and concessions specials. The Bulls will also celebrate our Military Appreciation Night, as we give thanks to those who protect our country and our freedoms. For a schedule of upcoming promotions, click here.
LET’S TALK TURKEY: Every point is important, especially these two points, as the other teams in the West Division start to make up their games in hand on the Bulls. North Iowa has climbed into second place in the division, just two points back of Granite City and just two points ahead of Rochester. The division race won’t be much clearer after this weekend – each of the three teams plays only one game, meaning the Grizzlies will have still played one fewer game than North Iowa, and Granite City will have still played two fewer games. Those two teams match up against each other on Saturday in Rochester.
STAT-SHEET STUFFING: Brendan Studioso is the third straight Bulls player to land a Bauer Hockey NA3HL West Division Star of the Week award, scoring that honor after a five-point weekend at Breezy Point. Studioso had a goal and an assist on Friday, and added a goal and a couple of helpers on Saturday. It’s his second Star of the Week award of this season, after scoring a pair of goals in a weekend against the North Stars and New Ulm in late September. Peter Verstegen and Jarod Blackowiak brought home the hardware in the previous two weeks. His Saturday night marker was also his 50thcareer goal in a Bulls uniform.
ON A ROLL: With points in 11 straight games, Studioso has the longest active scoring streak on the roster and the sixth-longest in the league. He’s also racked up multi-point outings in five straight games. Other notable point streaks still in play for North Iowa belong to Peter Verstegen (nine games), Cam Fagerlee (eight games), Matt Dahlseide (seven games), and Jarod Blackowiak (five games, all multi-point games).
IT’S ALL GRAVY: The Bulls have only trailed entering the third period four times this year – as well as North Iowa has built leads during their games this year, though, they’ve only added on in the final minutes. The Bulls have posted 48 third-period goals this year against just 15 goals allowed. Of the six other teams that have scored in the third period at a 3-to-1 clip or better, five are in first place.