The North Iowa Bulls took to the ice this past weekend looking to improve on their record with three games to play.
The Bulls started out their weekend on Friday, January 13 at home in Mason City against the Minnesota Flying Aces.
The Bulls came out strong in the first period, bringing the game to 1-0 as forward Matt Kroska scored. The Flying Aces were unable to rebuttal.
Bulls forward Joey Crespo added to the lead 2-0 as he found the back of the goal off an assist from Brian Harrison. The Flying Aces were able to answer and the second period ended 2-1.
With a tight game heading into the third period the North Iowa Bulls looked to extend their lead and hold off any comeback attempt from the Flying Aces. Bulls forward Eric Behrend extended the lead 3-1 early in third period. The Flying Aces came back with a goal of their own, but once again Bulls forward Matt Kroska found the back of the goal giving the Bulls a 4-2 lead. Minnesota scored late into the third period on a powerplay, but it would be too late as the Bulls pulled out the victory 4-3.
The North Iowa Bulls traveled Saturday night to take on the Quad City Jr. Flames.
The Bulls found themselves in a defensive battle in the first period as neither team was able to score, but early into the second period Bulls forward Steven Heller scored to put the Bulls up 1-0 on an assist from Nick Marsh.
Once again the Bulls found themselves in a close game heading into the third period. However, the Bulls battled and scored two unanswered goals. The first goal of the third period came from the bulls goalie, Jackson Steltman to put the Bulls up 2-0. With a 2-0 lead Bulls forward Sergey Barkin extended the lead to 3-0 as he was assisted on the goal by Patrick Sivets and Matt Kroska.
The Bulls found themselves back on the ice on Sunday for an early afternoon game once again against the Quad City Jr. Flames.
North Iowa jumped out quickly to a 2-0 lead over the Flames. Nick Marsh put the Bulls up 1-0 on a powerplay early in the first period. Minutes later forward Matt Kroska extended the lead 2-0 once again on a powerplay.
The second period saw scoring from both the Bulls and the Flames. Noah Anderson and Sergey Barkin provided scoring for the Bulls in the second period on powerplays after the Flames were able to score. The Flames were able to cut the lead to 4-2, but Bulls forward Skylar Harding pushed the lead to 5-2.
With a healthy lead heading into the third period the Bulls looked to hold their lead and possibly extend it as well. The Flames were able to add one more goal, but fell short to the North Iowa Bulls 5-3.