THIS WEEKEND’S GAME:
FRIDAY – New Ulm @ North Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
BULLS vs. NEW ULM ALL-TIME: 46-9-4
THIS WEEK’S PROMOTIONS: Friday night, the Bulls host New Ulm on “Pets and Pucks” Night, with special-edition t-shirts to be sold at the game – proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of North Iowa. For a schedule of upcoming promotions, click here.
IN THE MEANTIME: The Bulls slipped into Faribault, Minnesota on Wednesday night for a midweek exhibition contest against the Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep hockey team, and nearly pulled off their first-ever win on the Sabres’ home ice. Shattuck-St. Mary’s took a 3-0 lead early, but the Bulls eventually erased that advantage and tied the game twice before taking a 7-5 loss. North Dakota commit Scott Morrow notched a hat trick in the contest, and fellow UND commit Jackson Kunz scored a couple of goals of his own. The Bulls fell to 0-for-5 all-time at the J.P. Parise Arena with the loss.
STEWART SAYS YES: The Bulls can claim yet another college commitment this week, and this time it’s another blueliner making the move to the NCAA Division III ranks. Harrison Stewart made Wisconsin-Stevens Point his college destination this week, becoming the second player this month to make the move to the defending Division III champs. Jordan Roo chose the Pointers earlier this month – Stewart’s older brother, Ethan, was recruited by UWSP head coach Tyler Krueger before eventually landing a Division I spot at Ferris State.
TODD SANDEN, TOP COACH: The NA3HL announced this week that head coach Todd Sanden will once again lead the West Division squad at the league’s Top Prospects showcase in Attleboro, Massachusetts, set for February 17-18. Sanden will be assisted by Granite City head coach Brad Willner, whose team sits just two points behind the Bulls in the West standings. The Bulls head coach has been involved with the event every year since it began in 2012, as either a head or assistant coach.
AT HOME AWAY FROM HOME: New Ulm forward Keegan Bauman will look to continue an outstanding streak on Friday as the Steel and Bulls square off – Bauman has notched a point in each of his last 12 road games, the league’s longest active road scoring streak. The Champlin Park, Minnesota native has also had North Iowa’s number this year, posting six goals and a pair of assists in New Ulm’s five meetings with the Bulls thus far.