ABERDEEN, S.D. – Left winger Connor Clemons has been lighting the lamp a lot lately for the North Iowa Bulls, and now the Aberdeen Wings are hoping Clemons will be able to turn on the red light for them a bit more often. Clemons was called up Tuesday to join the Wings, who stand at 6-8-1 going into the weekend, in fifth place out of six teams in the NAHL’s Central Division.
Clemons has been a key cog in the offense this year, especially on the Bulls’ top line with veteran forwards Marshall Barnes and Owen Larson. He comes out of this past weekend’s road trip to Rochester as the team’s third-leading scorer, with 34 points in just 14 appearances. 15 North Iowa goals have come directly off of Clemons’s stick in the opening two months.
“Connor has had a great start to the season for us,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden, “and he has shown an ability to find the back of the net consistently.”
Three of Clemons’s goals have come on the power play, with two more on the penalty-kill. Clemons is also responsible for the game-winning tally in three of the team’s 14 wins. It’s not the first roster move the Bulls and Wings have made this season – goaltender R.J. Pluhar joined the team recently from the Wings after starting the year in South Dakota. The Bulls will return to action this weekend with a two-game home set Friday and Saturday against the Willmar Warhawks, while Aberdeen is on the road in Minot, N.D. this weekend for a pair against the Minotauros.