February 26, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.
Mason City Multipurpose Arena – Mason City, Iowa
GRANITE CITY LUMBERJACKS (15-8-0-0)
@ NORTH IOWA BULLS (21-6-1-0)
LIVE STATS: CLICK HERE
BULLS vs. GRANITE CITY ALL-TIME: 41-28-5
TONIGHT’S PROMOTION: The Bulls celebrate “Mystery and Mayhem” Night tonight, with mystery grab bags available for sale and random prize drawings throughout the night. Prize pucks will also be hidden around the arena for fans to find. For a schedule of upcoming promotions, click here.
LOOKING TO SHINE WITH NINE: Bulls forward Lucas Jorgenson was not in the lineup last weekend, but can pass Sota Isogai for the Bulls’ longest point streak of the season. On Valentine’s Day, Jorgenson earned just his third goal in that run, and with 24 points, he now finds himself three points behind Cal Nauss and Carson Jones for the team’s top mark. The last time the Bulls enjoyed a nine-game point streak from any one player, it was Matt Dahlseide’s, who ended the 2018 calendar year on a 16-game point streak.
SEEING RED AND WEARING IT TOO: North Iowa has its first college commitment of the season, with Cal Nauss announcing his commitment to St. Mary’s University early on Thursday. Nauss will become the sixth Bulls player to suit up at St. Mary’s, joining recent standouts such as Jack and Tommy Stang, and Jimmy McDermott, who transferred to NCAA Division II Assumption University this season. Jack Stang is currently in his first season with the Steningsund Stingers in Sweden’s pro system, while Tommy Stang is a senior this year for the Cardinals. Nauss will play for Ryan Egan, who has previously served as an NA3HL head coach for La Crosse and College Station (now the Texas Roadrunners).
JACKS ADVANCE TOO: This has been a red-letter week for the Lumberjacks as the commitment pace leaguewide starts to pick up – Granite City forwards Braeden Bartoo and Troy Dahlheimer have both announced NCAA commitments to Bethel University and Concordia College, respectively, while Zach Kilen’s commitment is in the form of an NAHL tender with the Bismarck Bobcats. Bartoo scored a goal in a 7-5 loss in Granite City’s most recent visit to Mason City on February 5, while Kilen came up empty in that game. Both spent time on the Minot Minotauros’ roster in the NAHL earlier this season.
THAT’S RICH: Granite City forward Nick Richert used a busy four-game stretch to help him build up some solid numbers on the way to a West Division Star of the Week award this past week, notching seven points over those four games and helping the ‘Jacks win three of the four. His three assists keyed a win over New Ulm, and he lit the lamp in a Sunday victory over the Steel to cap off the week and push his total to 14 points on the season.
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