SOLDOTNA, Alaska – Dan Sandvig started the 2017-18 season with the North American Hockey League’s Kenai River Brown Bears, but has gotten on a roll since joining the North Iowa Bulls roster just before Halloween. In fact, coming out of the first weekend of December, the Burnsville, Minnesota native has tallied points in six straight games.
That has certainly gotten the attention of Josh Petrich and the rest of the Kenai River coaching staff, and it’s earned Sandvig a call back to the NAHL.
Sandvig started a bit slowly once he arrived in Mason City, posting a couple of assists and an even plus/minus mark in his first five games with the Bulls. A third-period goal against the Rochester Ice Hawks the week before Thanksgiving, though, helped to break the seal – Sandvig has posted a dozen points, including 10 assists during that six-game point streak.
Five other North Iowa Bulls players have already been called to the NAHL this season, and Sandvig is one of four to earn the call in the past two weeks. Cameron Fagerlee earned a call to the Amarillo Bulls, Brendan Studioso got his Thanksgiving call-up to the Minnesota Wilderness and Jarod Blackowiak spent the past weekend with the Austin Bruins. Connor Clemons also started the season with the Minnesota Magicians before rejoining the North Iowa roster in mid-October, and Dominic Skrelja was recalled to the Austin Bruins in October.
The Bulls return to “The Barn” on Friday night for a pre-Christmas home finale against the Rochester Ice Hawks, and “Teddy Bear Toss” Night at the North Iowa Ice Arena. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., with live streaming coverage on HockeyTV. For advance tickets to Friday’s game or any future Bulls home game, click here.