The North Iowa Bulls and the Granite City Lumberjacks were evenly matched throughout their contest, but North Iowa made the most of its opportunities and won, 4-2.
Each team kept the other at bay throughout the game, and Ian Penvose secured the win for the Bulls with a goal in the second period.
Penvose had two goals to lead North Iowa to victory.
The Bulls were held below their usual level of production. North Iowa averages 6.1 goals per game. The Bulls\’ offense rang up 34 shots on Granite City\’s net.
North Iowa also had goals scored by Richie Marenis and Dylan Zins, who each put in one. In addition, North Iowa received assists from Kyle Krueger, who had two and Matt Kroska, Matthew Fosdick, Taylor Brown, and Trey Gardner, who each chipped in one.
The Lumberjacks could not produce up to they normal offensive output. Granite City puts an average of 5.4 pucks into the net per game.
The Lumberjacks were helped by Morgan Martelle, who racked up one goal. Martelle scored 7:12 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Granite City. Aaron Storch assisted on the tally. Granite City also got a goal from Mitchell Gwost as well. More assists for Granite City came via Aidan Verbeke, Brett Love, and Zac Sikich, who contributed one a piece.
Chris Amsden made 24 saves for North Iowa on 26 shots. The Bulls incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors. Scott Murray rejected 30 shots on goal for Granite City. The Lumberjacks incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.