MASON CITY, Iowa – The 2020-21 North Iowa Bulls season has seen some unprecedented challenges, including a lengthy shutdown for teams based in the state of Minnesota. All West Division teams, including North Iowa, saw their seasons halted on November 21, with Minnesota teams allowed to begin practicing on home ice again on January 4 and playing home games this past Thursday.
All 10 North Iowa Bulls games that were postponed have now been rescheduled, with one game already having been made up on Sunday at Alexandria. The Bulls’ new schedule also serves as a de facto announcement of a two-week extension to the regular season from the North American Tier 3 Hockey League, with a formal announcement from the league regarding the extension and any associated postseason plans likely to follow at a later date.
North Iowa’s schedule against the New Ulm Steel remains relatively untouched, with the game that was scheduled for Friday, December 18 now set for Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m. at the New Ulm Civic Center.
One home game against the Alexandria Blizzard is still yet to be made up, with the Blizzard making their way to Mason City on Sunday, February 21 for a 1 p.m. puck drop at the Mason City Multipurpose Arena.
North Iowa has two games to make up against the Willmar WarHawks, with the home contest set for Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m. and the visit to the Willmar Civic Center set for the following Sunday at 7:10 p.m.
The bulk of the makeup games are against the Granite City Lumberjacks, who had a North Iowa-heavy schedule on tap during the shutdown. The Bulls have five games against Granite City to make up, with the first of those makeup dates scheduled for Wednesday, February 10 in Sauk Rapids. The final four games of the regular season will all be against the Lumberjacks, with a weekend set in Mason City on March 19 and 20, and a road trip to Sauk Rapids on March 26 and 27. All five games will see a 7:30 p.m. puck drop in the Bulls’ and Lumberjacks’ respective arenas.
The midweek road trip to Granite City will also affect North Iowa’s exhibition trip to take on Shattuck-St. Mary’s, with the two teams moving their contest in Faribault up a week to February 3. North Iowa’s home game against the Sabres next Wednesday will not be affected.
The Bulls’ complete updated schedule is available here at www.northiowabulls.com, and game times are subject to change. Tickets for all remaining Bulls home games, including the four rescheduled contests, are also available here for advance purchase.