November 20, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
Mason City Multipurpose Arena – Mason City, Iowa
NEW ULM STEEL (2-7-1-0)
@ NORTH IOWA BULLS (9-3-0-0)
LIVE STATS: CLICK HERE
BULLS vs. NEW ULM ALL-TIME: 50-11-4
TONIGHT’S PROMOTIONS: North Iowa welcomes New Ulm to town tonight 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.
THE BIG FINISH: Closing games has been a weakness this season for the Steel, but they were able to close things out against North Iowa in last week’s meeting – the Steel have been ahead after 40 minutes on four separate occasions this season, but turned just two of those games into wins, including last Friday. Overall, New Ulm has given up 18 goals in the third period, far and away their most of any period this year, while the Bulls have scored 21 and allowed only 10 in the final period of their games thus far.
A WATERSHED MOMENT: Caleb Mayer made his debut last weekend after a three-year run at Lakeville North High School, just across town from fellow Lakeville native Nico Aguilera, who graduated from Lakeville South in 2019. Mayer helped his team to the 2018 state tournament as a sophomore, winning six games along the way. Gavin Wendorf made his junior debut from the Land of 10,000 Lakes as well, finishing without a point in last Friday’s game.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: After a loss to New Ulm last weekend, North Iowa turns its attention to defending a lengthy home winning streak – with their win over Alexandria on November 7, the Bulls will carry an 11-game home winning streak into this matchup. The last team to beat the Bulls in Mason City was New Ulm, a 5-3 Steel victory back on January 24 that featured a Keegan Bauman hat trick and saw North Iowa out-shoot their visitors 33-20.
OUT-GUNNED, BUT NOT OUT-SCORED: The Bulls out-shot their hosts in last Friday’s game by a 33-27 count, but the result was a first this season for both teams – until last week, the Bulls had not lost a game this year when out-shooting their opponents, while the Steel had not won a game in which they were out-shot. Last January’s home loss to New Ulm was the last time North Iowa had lost a game in which its opponent was out-gunned, while the Steel won a February 28 game at Alexandria despite being out-shot 38-33. That victory was a highlight of their torrid late-season run that saw the Steel win 18 of their final 21 games.
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