CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Getting the call to step away from a Tier III team and suit up for a United States Hockey League club is always a call to remember, even if it’s on a “just-in-case” basis. Bulls goaltender Brady Meyers got that call on Tuesday, and will suit up for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders against Des Moines on Wednesday night after an illness went through Mark Carlson’s goaltending corps early this week.
It’s not the first time this season that a North Iowa netminder has gotten the call to the USHL on a fill-in basis. Current Fairbanks Ice Dog Josh Benson got the call for a two-game stint in a Waterloo Black Hawks sweater, after Hawks goalie Robbie Beydoun was suspended for kicking a Dubuque player during a late-October game. Last year, Bulls goalie Zack St. John earned a practice call-up with the Black Hawks during the Christmas holiday.
Ironically, the team Meyers will dress for this Wednesday is the league’s former North Iowa entry. The North Iowa Huskies departed for Cedar Rapids in 1999 after a 16-year USHL run at “The Barn” and a USA Hockey national championship in 1989.
Following the Roughriders’ home game against the Buccaneers on Wednesday, they’ll embark on a three-game road swing. Meyers is expected to be back in his regular Bulls uniform on Friday when North Iowa returns to the ice against Rochester. The opening faceoff for the Bulls’ final regular-season home tilt against the Ice Hawks is set for 7:30 p.m. All Bulls games, home and away, are streamed live on HockeyTV – Bulls home games and select road games are also audio-streamed live on Mixlr.