February 27, 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: 42-28-5
TONIGHT’S PROMOTION: The Bulls celebrate Fan Appreciation Night tonight, with a team poster giveaway to the first 200 fans in the door and a 2021-22 season ticket raffle. Fans will also bring home a North Iowa koozie for a $25 merchandise purchase at Brutus’s Locker Room, or a purchase of two beers at the Bulls’ beer stand. For a schedule of upcoming promotions, click here.
WELL, SHOOT…: Friday’s game saw a rarity for North Iowa fans, with the Bulls grabbing a win in their first shootout since February 10, 2019 – North Iowa earned a 5-4 win at New Ulm after the Steel erased a two-goal lead in the third period thanks to a pair of goals from Jordan Cooper. Goals from Carter Wagner and Brendan Studioso pushed North Iowa to a 2-1 victory in the shootout. The Bulls won their last shootout against Granite City as well, a 2-1 victory on November 18, 2016 in Sauk Rapids – the teams traded goals in the opening three minutes and never scored again until Mike Lyons’ tally in the first round, the only goal of the shootout.
FUZZY MATH: Bulls forward Lucas Jorgenson finds himself in an odd statistical spot following Friday’s game – despite scoring the deciding goal in the shootout, Jorgenson saw his eight-game point streak end last night. Points are only officially credited in regulation and overtime, while all shootout stats are kept separately, meaning his shootout winner will also be separated in the stat charts. He and Sota Isogai remain tied for the Bulls’ longest point streak since Matt Dahlseide’s 16-game streak at the end of the 2018 calendar year.
GIMME FIVE?: As North Iowa hunts for its fifth straight win in the head-to-head series, the Bulls find themselves in the midst of their longest sustained run of success against their arch-rivals in several years – North Iowa closed out a stretch of seven wins in eight meetings at the start of the 2016-17 regular season, but the Bulls have not won five straight against Granite City since December of 2015. North Iowa’s longest-ever head-to-head streak is nine straight wins.
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