FRIDAY – North Iowa @ Breezy Point, 7:30 p.m.
COVERAGE: HockeyTV (video/$)
BULLS VS. BREEZY POINT ALL-TIME: 27-1-0
NEXT HOME GAME: The Bulls play five games on the road to begin the 2018-19 season before hosting the New Ulm Steel Sep. 29 in the earliest home opener in franchise history. For a schedule of upcoming promotions, click the “Game Day Fun” link at NorthIowaBulls.com.
BABY BULLS TO BIG BULLS: The pipeline from the NA3HL to the NAHL continues for North Iowa heading into the first full week of the North American Hockey League schedule. North Iowa goaltender Connor Poczos was chosen to join the Amarillo Bulls at this week’s NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota, after the team’s scrimmage early this past week. Poczos earned a win in his season debut at Peoria this past Sunday with 22 saves.
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE: North Iowa has played Breezy Point 28 times in franchise history, but the North Stars have snagged only one game from the Bulls in that time – the North Stars used four unanswered goals to win their 27th meeting on January 15, 2016 to upset the Bulls 4-2 on North Iowa’s home ice. The North Stars scored three goals in the final 4:17, including two from captain Tyler Larwood, to cap off the upset.
FOLLOW THE LEADER: Some of the top scorers from last year’s team are off to the best starts on this young season. Three of last year’s top seven scorers are back for the 2018-19 season, and all three picked up points in last week’s game at the Mustangs. Cam Fagerlee was the fourth-leading scorer on last year’s team,
and registered a second-period goal against Peoria. Brendan Studioso had a couple of assists after finishing in the top five in scoring last season for the Bulls, but the highlight goal went to Matt Dahlseide, who split time between North Iowa and Alexandria. His goal less than 90 seconds into the contest officially kicked off North Iowa’s scoring for the season.
THANKS BUT NO THANKS: In a weird scheduling quirk, North Iowa will see lots of Breezy Point early this season, but once Thanksgiving hits, the two teams will simply be a pair of ships passing in the night. After this weekend, the Bulls play the North Stars at home three different times over a two-week span in late October before traveling back up to Minnesota to complete the season series the week before Thanksgiving.