November 13, 2020 – 7:10 p.m.
New Ulm Civic Center – New Ulm, Minn.
NORTH IOWA BULLS (9-2-0-0)
@ NEW ULM STEEL (1-7-1-0)
ATTENDING THE GAME: MAP TO ARENA
COVERAGE: HockeyTV (video/$)
LIVE STATS: CLICK HERE
BULLS vs. NEW ULM ALL-TIME: 50-10-4
NEXT HOME GAME: North Iowa welcomes New Ulm to town next Friday night for the team’s “Thankful For Hockey” promotion, featuring turkey bowling at the first intermission and a food and coat drive throughout the week of the game for local families in need. For a schedule of upcoming promotions, click here.
HATS OFF: Bulls alumnus Brett Gravelle is the latest former North Iowa standout to land a spot on a pro hockey roster, signing with the Federal Prospects Hockey League’s Danbury Hat Tricks on Tuesday. Gravelle won two national championships for North Iowa in 2015 and 2016, totaling 160 points in 79 regular- season games and becoming the most prolific scorer in the team’s postseason history. He earned the NA3HL’s 2016 Most Valuable Player award, leading the league with 99 points and briefly holding the league record with 57 goals in that season. At the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, he led the team in scoring every season, and became the first Tommie since 2008 to finish his career with more than 100 points. 10 North Iowa alumni played pro hockey in 2019-20, including two who suited up for Danbury, and several have already played pro contests internationally in 2020-21.
HORSESHOES AND HAND GRENADES: New Ulm has only won one of its first nine games of the season, but it’s not for a lack of trying – in fact, the Steel have been competitive in almost every single game thus far, with only one game decided by more than three goals. The Steel have been solid on special teams as well, totaling three shorthanded goals in the opening six weeks of the season (a mark eclipsed by only three teams across the league). The Steel have gotten their chances in the third period, but opposing offenses have broken through for 17 goals in the final period of New Ulm’s games.
HOME COOKING: North Iowa will try to extend an all-too-lengthy New Ulm losing skid at home as the teams get together for this one – the Steel have dropped all six of their home games thus far, and will be looking to snap a seven-game home losing streak dating back to last year. With their win over Alexandria this past Saturday, the Bulls ran their home winning streak to 11 games – in fact, the last team to beat the Bulls in Mason City was New Ulm, back on January 24.
SICK MOVES IN SIX STRAIGHT: Bulls defenseman Cal Nauss did not score in last weekend’s games against Willmar and Alexandria, but his three assists were enough to push his active point streak to six games, the longest active streak on the North Iowa roster.
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