MASON CITY, Iowa – Cameron Fagerlee (St. Anthony, Minn./Totino-Grace H.S.) has done more than simply show up in North Iowa’s 15 games this season.
He’s contributed in all of them, and not just in terms of intangibles. He’s contributed at least a point in all 15 contests, and his contribution Friday night was a second-period goal, the eventual game-winner in a 4-1 triumph over the defending NA3HL champion Granite City Lumberjacks.
The Bulls and Lumberjacks were unable to get anything on the scoreboard in the first 20 minutes despite combining for 21 shots in the opening period. Josh Arnold (Roseville, Minn./North Iowa Bulls) finally made his mark on the game with the opening goal at 4:46 of the second stanza.
Fagerlee’s goal came just 80 seconds later, getting one under the crossbar after bouncing one off the top iron during the first period. North Iowa added a little extra cushion on Arnold’s second goal of the contest, with just 39 seconds remaining before the intermission.
Connor Clemons (Prior Lake, Minn./North Iowa Bulls) added a goal to the total 10:58 into the third period, but Colin Cain‘s (Hummelstown, Pa./N.J. Junior Titans U18) first junior shutout eluded him yet again. Chase DiBari put the only Granite City puck in the net with 5:27 to go, cracking the goose-egg and cutting the Bulls lead to 4-1.
Cain ended the night with 23 saves on 24 Granite City shots, winning his sixth straight decision. The loss went to Ridge Gerads, who allowed four goals for the first time in his brief junior career.
While Fagerlee’s current streak is certainly headline-worthy, the Bulls’ 17-game point streak and nine-game home winning streak are also worth noting. The Bulls have won seven in a row, but Granite City’s recent stretch has taken them in the opposite direction, dropping six of their last seven games.
North Iowa hosts the second half of its “Thankful For” weekend and its Salvation Army food drive Saturday with a rematch against Granite City. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the North Iowa Ice Arena.