THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES:
SATURDAY – North Iowa @ Peoria, 6:45 p.m.
SATURDAY – North Iowa @ Peoria, 1:15 p.m.
NORTH IOWA BULLS, 2-0-0-0 (ROSTER, STATS)
@ PEORIA MUSTANGS, 2-1-0-0 (ROSTER, STATS)
COVERAGE: HockeyTV (video/$), Mixlr (audio/free, Sunday only)
BULLS vs. PEORIA ALL-TIME: 10-5-0
NEXT HOME GAME: North Iowa takes the ice on October 4 for its final home opener in the North Iowa Ice Arena, sponsored by Kabrick Distributing of Mason City. The last home-opening blowout at the “Barn” features a pregame tailgate party, a postgame skate, $2 draws and more. For a schedule of upcoming promotions, click here.
AND IT’S UP HE GOES, UP HE GOES: One of the top players from last weekend’s series at Breezy Point is spending the weekend in the North American Hockey League. Dalton Saltness posted a goal in each game against the North Stars, and picked up a total of five points for the weekend. He is now set to appear for the Bismarck Bobcats after being called up early this past week. The Forest Lake, Minnesota native has been on North American Hockey League radars for quite some time, earning an NAHL tender from the Minnesota Wilderness during the Christmas break last season.
DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK: The Bulls may have lost a forward to the Bismarck Bobcats this week, but a key defensive player returned this week after signing with the Bobcats late last season. Jack Kubitz is back on the North Iowa roster for this weekend – Kubitz scored a goal against the Mustangs at the end of last season in his first game as a Bull, and tallied a couple of points over six regular-season and postseason appearances.
STAR SEARCH: Mason Enright was a star in the Bulls’ sweep of the North Stars last weekend – as it turns out, he was the star in the entire West Division for the week. The Farmington, Minnesota native was chosen as the division’s Bauer Hockey Star of the Week on Wednesday, after posting three goals and a pair of assists in his first two junior contests.
START ME UP: To say last Friday’s win over Breezy Point is a high-water mark in terms of a start to the season is no exaggeration – the Bulls are 4-4-1 all-time in season-opening games, but had never shut out an opponent on the opening night until this past weekend. Last season’s opening game ended with a 6-0 Peoria victory, the first time the Bulls had ever been shut out in a season opener. North Iowa’s nine goals also tied a franchise record for the most goals ever scored in a season opener, after posting a 9-2 win over the Wisconsin Whalers on opening night two years ago.