OREGON, Wis. – When you think of 20-game winners, there are a few names that come to mind. Maddux and Glavine and Randy Johnson are likely among them, but Bulls fans tend to think of names like Amsden, Bartels and David Johnson.
Colin Cain (Hummelstown, Pa./N.J. Junior Titans U18) added his name to that mix on Thursday night, leaving the ice against the Wisconsin Whalers with a 5-0 victory, his fourth shutout of the season. Cain made 24 saves, and has held opponents to a goal or fewer in 11 of his last 12 outings. He becomes the fourth 20-game winner in net for North Iowa, and ties Johnson for the third-most wins in a single regular season.
The action started on Connor Clemons‘s (Savage, Minn./Minnesota Magicians) goal at 8:33 of the first period, but following a cross-checking penalty to Brandon Onstott with four minutes remaining in the first period, North Iowa caught fire.
Clemons and Tyler Bump (Prior Lake, Minn./North Iowa Bulls) set up Cameron Fagerlee (St. Anthony, Minn./Totino-Grace H.S.) for a quick power-play goal, followed shortly after by an unassisted tally from Matt Dahlseide (Maplewood, Minn./Alexandria Blizzard) to make it 3-0 heading to the second period.
The second period was a relatively uneventful 20 minutes, with the Bulls putting 13 shots on net and the Whalers sending eight of their own back at Cain. Two Wisconsin penalties went unanswered by the North Iowa power-play unit.
At the 7:30 mark of the third period, Josh Arnold (Roseville, Minn./North Iowa Bulls) got in on the fun, burying one to make it a 4-0 game after a penalty to Wisconsin’s Hunter Huson. Barely a minute later, Jimmy McDermott’s interference penalty opened up some extra space for Fagerlee to score again with the extra man.
Whalers goaltender Alex Hufford faced 51 shots in Thursday’s contest, stopping 46 and snapping a three-game winning streak. Wisconsin drops to 13-18-1-1, but has still won 13 of their last 20 games. The honor for the night’s most underrated performance of the night went to Bump, though, who finished with four assists for the visitors.
With the win, the Bulls move to 29-1-2-2 for the season. The winning streak for North Iowa in the head-to-head series is now up to 12 games, and the Bulls will look to make it 13 in Friday night’s game on the Whalers’ home ice. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Oregon Ice Arena, with live streaming coverage on HockeyTV.
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