February 28, 2021 – 2:00 p.m.
New Ulm Civic Center – New Ulm, Minn.
NORTH IOWA BULLS (22-6-1-1)
@ NEW ULM STEEL (4-19-3-0)
ATTENDING THE GAME: MAP TO ARENA
COVERAGE: HockeyTV (video/$)
LIVE STATS: CLICK HERE
BULLS vs. NEW ULM ALL-TIME: 54-11-4
NEXT HOME GAME: North Iowa returns to home ice on Thursday, March 4 with special St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts for sale at Brutus’s Locker Room Sponsored by Christie Door Company. For a schedule of upcoming promotions, click here.
IN YOUR LIFE, HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THAT?: All of the North Iowa history books came off the shelf on Saturday night, thanks to the Bulls’ shootout loss to Granite City. For only the third time in franchise history, the Bulls landed in a shootout on back-to-back nights – the last time North Iowa played in back-to-back shootouts, they would fall to Alexandria 5-4 and defeat the Lumberjacks 4-3 in the final weeks of the 2012-13 regular season. The team’s inaugural season also featured back-to-back skills contests in an October trip to Chicago – that would also see North Iowa bring home a split, earning a 6-5 win in the Friday get-together before taking a 3-2 loss the following outing. The loss was also the Bulls’ first in a shootout since falling to Alexandria 4-3 on January 5, 2018. North Iowa has neer played in three straight games with a shootout.
WORKING OVERTIME: Both teams are looking to shake off losses in free hockey on Saturday night – after Dallas Duckson’s opening goal just 3:02 into the contest, New Ulm and Alexandria found themselves in a scoreless deadlock until James Spaargaren’s goal with 23 seconds remaining on the extra attacker. Caleb Strong ended the night with a goal at the 1:54 mark of overtime for the Blizzard. The Steel head into this contest winless in three overtime games this year.
NOT TOO SHABBY: The Bulls have won four straight in the head-to-head series with New Ulm, and the four wins have come in dominant fashion for North Iowa – the closest of those meetings was a 7-2 victory in Mason City on November 20, in which the Bulls finished with five unanswered goals. However, the last time the Bulls made the trip to New Ulm, Zach Maillette scored twice on the way to a 4-2 Steel victory.
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