October 24, 2020 – 7:10 p.m.
Runestone Community Center – Alexandria, Minn.
NORTH IOWA BULLS (5-1-0-0)
@ ALEXANDRIA BLIZZARD (3-2-1-0)
ATTENDING THE GAME: MAP TO ARENA
COVERAGE: HockeyTV (video/$)
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BULLS vs. ALEXANDRIA ALL-TIME: 35-5-3
NEXT HOME GAME: North Iowa celebrates Halloween at home against the Willmar WarHawks on October 31, with “Boos and Brews Night” – fans of the appropriate age will receive a free koozie with each purchase of two beers, and kids of all ages can enjoy trick-or-treating on the concourse during the first intermission. For a schedule of upcoming promotions, click here.
A STRONG SHOWING: In last night’s meeting with Granite City, the Lumberjacks were able to do what no team has done recently – stop Caleb Strong. The Alexandria veteran was held off the score sheet in a 4-1 loss, after hopping on a four-game tear – Strong scored eight points in the previous four games, placing himself atop the team’s scoring leaderboard in the early goings.
THEIR WINNING WAYS: Tonight, the Bulls will try to extend a lengthy winning streak against an old rival to the north – North Iowa enters the contest with nine straight wins against the Blizzard, their second-longest active winning streak against any one opponent (Willmar, 17). The last win for the Blizzard in the head-to-head series came on January 26, 2019 in Alexandria, a 4-1 win in front of a sold-out crowd at the Runestone Community Center.
SHATTUCK ON THE SCHEDULE: North Iowa will face one of the top prep teams in the nation again this season, with the addition this week of two exhibition games against the Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep program from Faribault, Minnesota. The games, which will be played in January and February, add to a long-standing tradition between the two teams – the Bulls and Sabres have played 11 times over the past seven seasons, with North Iowa winning three times. The 2013-14 and 2015-16 squads that beat Shattuck-St. Mary’s went on to win NA3HL Fraser Cup titles, and the 2019-20 team was a favorite to bring home another championship before the leaguewide COVID-19 shutdown in March ended those hopes prematurely.
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