MADISON, Wis. – Dysen Skinner and Joey Petronack haven’t been off the North Iowa ice for very long, but it didn’t take long for either of them to make some noteworthy contributions at the next level of the sport. Petronack departed after the end of the 2019-20 regular season, while Skinner left a half-season early to ply his trade for the Minnesota Magicians in the North American Hockey League.
Both of the former Bulls have earned all-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference recognition in their freshman seasons at the NCAA Division III level. The WIAC season wrapped up on Friday, March 12 with Wisconsin-Superior topping Wisconsin-Stevens Point 3-2 in the Commissioner’s Cup finals, with no NCAA Division III hockey championships on the schedule for this year.
Both earned Honorable Mention all-conference awards, with Petronack notching a goal and five assists for Wisconsin-Stout in his first season at the college level. His first career goal was a power play marker with 18 seconds remaining in the first period of a 10-2 loss to Wisconsin-Eau Claire on February 17.
Skinner won four of his five decisions in his first season at Wisconsin-River Falls, earning his first victory February 12 in a 6-2 decision at Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Petronack and Skinner are just two of 36 former North Iowa Bulls who were on NCAA rosters this season. The pair helped UW-River Falls finish with a 6-3-1 record, earning the top seed in the WIAC tournament. Falcons head coach Steve Freeman was named the WIAC’s Coach of the Year.