February 12, 2021 – 7:10 p.m.
Runestone Community Center – Alexandria, Minn.
NORTH IOWA BULLS (18-4-0-0)
@ ALEXANDRIA BLIZZARD (9-12-1-0)
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BULLS vs. ALEXANDRIA ALL-TIME: 38-7-3
NEXT HOME GAME: North Iowa celebrates Valentine’s Day on Sunday with a home contest against the Willmar WarHawks. “Hockey and Hearts” date-night packages are still available, featuring pizza, drinks and tickets to the game with a view from one of the Bulls’ club boxes. For a schedule of upcoming promotions, click here.
FIVE-STAR PERFORMANCE, TWO-STAR RESULTS: The latest West Division Star of the Week is the Bulls’ first repeat winner of this season, after Sota Isogai was chosen as the division’s top player from last weekend. Isogai wrapped up the weekend with five points, including two goals and an assist in Friday’s 7-5 win over the Lumberjacks. His two goals, including an empty-net toss from in front of the visiting penalty box, bookended the scoring in the Bulls’ first home game of the year against Granite City. He was also named the division’s Star of the Week for a four-point weekend over Halloween against the Willmar WarHawks. He enters this weekend on a six-game point streak, the longest active streak on the team and one shy of the Bulls’ season-best.
JONESING FOR THE BOX SCORE: Carson Jones enters the new weekend as one of the hottest offensive players in the NA3HL, and certainly one of the hottest in the West Division – his three points at Granite City brought him to 11 points over a five-game stretch, and six goals in his last four nights. With more than a point-and-a-half a night, he’s rocketed into the race for the team scoring lead with 20 points, just three off of Cal Nauss’s team-best 23.
BORN TO RUN: The Bulls’ win on Wednesday stretched their winning streak to seven games – it’s the longest winning streak of this season, but the last streak longer than that for the Bulls actually ended earlier in the year. North Iowa closed the 2019-20 regular season on an eight-game winning streak, and made it nine in a row with a 9-1 win over the Blizzard on opening night.
HIT THE RED-LIGHT DISTRICT: Alexandria will need a bump in the offense, and on special teams, as it looks to cut off the Bulls’ latest winning streak. The Blizzard are continuing to hunt for traction in the first period, with just a dozen goals in the opening 20 minutes of their games – only Mid-Cities and Bay State have scored fewer first- period goals. Shorthanded goals have burned the Blizzard a few times as well – Alexandria has allowed five goals on the power play, at the bottom of the West Division leaderboard, while North Iowa’s five shorthanded markers tops the West Division list.
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