THIS WEEKEND’S GAME:
FRIDAY – North Iowa @ New Ulm, 7:10 p.m.
NORTH IOWA BULLS, 25-3-2-0 (ROSTER, STATS)
@ NEW ULM STEEL, 14-10-2-1 (ROSTER, STATS)
COVERAGE: HockeyTV (video/$)
BULLS vs. NEW ULM ALL-TIME: 45-9-4
POINT ME TO THE NEXT LEVEL: North Iowa can put another pin in its map when it comes to college commitments – forward Jordan Roo announced this past week that he will continue his hockey career next season at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Roo becomes the first Bulls player ever to land at UWSP, and the first North Iowa junior hockey player to pick the Pointers since the North Iowa Huskies’ Joel Marshall in 1999. He will join older brother Carter, who will be a senior next year. The Pointers are coming off of a historic season that saw them finish 29-0-2, with the school’s sixth Division III national championship.
BUILD THE WALL: North Iowa has reached record territory with its latest shutout last Saturday night against the Rochester Grizzlies – the Bulls have now gone 274 minutes, more than four-and-a-half consecutive games, without allowing a goal. That is a new franchise record, and is only the third time that the team has posted four straight shutouts. The team went more than 258 minutes without allowing a goal during the 2014-15 season, and held its opponents scoreless for 266 minutes at the end of the 2015-16 regular season.
COUNT IT DOWN: New Ulm enters this matchup with a 4-3-2-1 record in one-goal games, including a couple of overtime victories over the Bulls on their home ice. Their overtime record is 3-3, with the most overtime games under their belts of any team in the league. The Bulls are 5-1-2-0 in those one-goal outings, with both overtime losses coming on the Steel’s Olympic rink, and North Iowa is 1-2 against the field in the extra session.
BULLIEVE YOUR EYES x2: North Iowa’s first home weekend at the new Mason City Arena was a box-office smash, with more than 2,000 fans watching the Bulls win on home ice each night. Last Friday’s 16-0 shutout of the Breezy Point North Stars set a Mason City hockey record, with 2,058 fans in the building – that attendance also put the Bulls above each of the three USHL teams hosting junior games in the state that night. Saturday’s 4-0 win over Rochester was a near-record in its own right, with 2,013 fans in the building to wrap up the weekend.