March 12, 2021 – 7:10 p.m.
New Ulm Civic Center – New Ulm, Minn.
NORTH IOWA BULLS (23-9-1-1)
@ NEW ULM STEEL (5-22-3-0)
ATTENDING THE GAME: MAP TO ARENA
LIVE STATS: CLICK HERE
BULLS vs. NEW ULM ALL-TIME: 54-12-4
NEXT HOME GAME: North Iowa returns to home ice on Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20 for their Autism Speaks jersey auction weekend against Granite City – the Bulls will wear special jerseys to be auctioned online the week of the game through DASH Auction. For a schedule of upcoming promotions, click here.
“TREE” TO DIVISION III: North Iowa has a third NCAA Division III commitment this week, thanks to Jac Triemert’s commitment to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota – the Golden Gusties become the third Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team to land a top Bulls talent in as many weeks. “Tree” posted points in six of the Bulls’ first 10 games this season and has five goals and four assists thus far this season. Four North Iowa players have committed to Gustavus Adolphus all-time, with Gustie scoring leader Daniel Sandvig the most recent in 2017-18.
GOLD-MEDAL RESULTS: The Olympic-sized sheet of ice at the New Ulm Civic Center has been good to the Steel against the Bulls over the last couple of seasons – after winning their first seven get-togethers on the New Ulm ice in the first three seasons, North Iowa has had a tougher time finding the win column on the bigger rink. The Steel won a 3-2 overtime game in their first meeting in 2019-20, touching off a run of four New Ulm wins in the last six contests at home against the Bulls. Two of the three meetings in New Ulm this year have gone the way of the Steel, including a 6-5 victory on February 28.
WE WANT ANOTHER ONE: Several North Iowa players have posted hot streaks throughout the course of the season, but the same eight players have posted all of the team’s goals over the last five outings, despite the Bulls notching 17 goals in that time. The player highest on the scoring chart looking to light the fire again is Sota Isogai, with just one goal over his last 11 games after a team-best eight-game point streak from January 17 to February 12. The Steel aren’t immune either – Corey Stormer’s five points against North Iowa ranks second on the team, but his two assists February 28 against the Bulls are his only points over a 16-game span.
FIRST TIME HERE?: The last meeting between the Bulls and Steel was a memorable one for New Ulm’s Josh DeLange, scoring his first two junior goals in the victory over North Iowa on February 28. Both were go-ahead goals for the defenseman from Notre Dame Academy and Oneida, Wisconsin, sparking him to score another one in his very next outing last Wednesday in a 6-3 loss at Alexandria.