The North Iowa Bulls traveled to Chicago Friday October, 14 for a two game series on Friday and Saturday nights against the Chicago Hitmen.
The Bulls started out Friday night giving up three goals to the Hitmen, but were able to rally back in the second period to score three goals only allowing only one goal to the Hitmen. The Bulls came out of the dressing room ready to charge with the score being 4-3 coming into the third period. Chicago was then able to extend their lead to 5-3, but the Bulls rallied back knotting things up at 5-5 to end the third period. Heading into overtime neither the Bulls nor the Hitmen were able to end the game sending play into a shootout. Bulls forward Jared Ramstead was the hero of the night putting the Bulls ahead in the shootout capturing the 6-5 win. Eric Behrend also added to the victory by being the first Bull in franchise history to score a hat trick.
Saturday night found the Bulls in another powerful game with the Hitmen. The Bulls were able to drive ahead in the first period 1-0 on a goal by Skylar Harding. Harding was able to find the goal again in the second period to push the Bulls up 2-1, but the Hitmen were able to score one more time in the second period to tie the game. The third period turned into a defensive showcase with no scoring occurring sending the game into overtime. Overtime saw no scoring, leading into shootout in which North Iowa was not able to capitalize. Chicago’s Ben Boukal was able to find the net, which sealed the game for Chicago.
“Overall I think we did a great job staying competitive with this team. Chicago is always a very strong team and happens to be first in their division right now. We did a great job just coming out and playing our style of play. We kept the momentum and forced Chicago to play our way. We just need to learn from this weekend and learn to take advantage of the opportunities given to us.” –Todd Sanden on the weekend
The North Iowa Bulls return to the ice Friday, October 21 for a two game stand against the Twin City Steel with puck drop Friday and Saturday at 7:45. Catch all the action on fasthockey.com