THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES:
FRIDAY – Breezy Point @ North Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY – Breezy Point @ North Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
BULLS vs. BREEZY POINT ALL-TIME: 35-1-0
THIS WEEK’S PROMOTIONS: North Iowa invites fans to bring their Bulls pride for Spirit Night on Friday. Prizes will be given away to fans with the best face paint, best sign, best hockey hair and best throwback look. For a schedule of upcoming promotions, click here.
NOBODY DOES IT BETTER: North Iowa’s offensive outburst on Friday night helped the Bulls climb to the top of the league’s scoring column through the opening month of the season. No other team has scored more than six goals per night – four Bulls squads all-time have finished the season with more than six goals per night. Only Northeast and St. Louis have scored more than 48 goals so far this season, but the Generals have played nine games, and the Jr. Blues have already racked up a dozen.
THE CENTURY MARK: Forward Matt Dahlseide topped a milestone this past weekend against Willmar, climbing right over the 100-point mark for his North Iowa career. He became the 14th player in Bulls history to notch 100 career points, and is nearing a milestone spot on the leaderboard. With just four more points, he’ll tie Josh Arnold and Tyler Bump for a spot among the team’s top 10 all-time scorers.
FIRST STAR: Cam Fagerlee’s four goals and eight points earned him a lot of attention this past weekend, and it also earned him one of the NA3HL’s top honors as this past week’s Bauer Hockey West Division Star of the Week. It’s the first time Fagerlee has been named the division’s Star of the Week, but the wait has been well worth it – the North Iowa co-captain highlighted a 24-point weekend for the squad’s first line, and becomes the second Bulls player this season (after Mason Enright) to earn a West Division Star of the Week award.
PUNCTUATING THE CONTEST: The second period has long been the strongest 20-minute stretch for the Bulls during an average game, and the second period may be the period around which this weekend’s games pivot. While North Iowa’s second-period play has been remarkable again this season (20 goals, tied for the league lead), the North Stars have struggled in the middle stanza with just four goals against 18 allowed. The third period has been a lockdown period for the Bulls, allowing just three goals in the final period (second-best in the league), but Breezy Point is even in the final 20 minutes with 12 goals for and 12 against.