CLOQUET, Minn. – Brendan Studioso signed a North American Hockey League tender with the Minnesota Wilderness in early November, and has shuttled back and forth between the NAHL and the North Iowa Bulls roster a few times already in 2017-18. This weekend, he’ll do it again, joining the Wilderness for a pivotal two-game series against the Aberdeen Wings.
Studioso has had an impressive second season with the Bulls, notching 47 points over a 30-game stretch, including 16 goals. His +46 plus/minus rating is already far ahead of where he finished a year ago, with roughly a third of the regular season remaining. His four-game run with the Wilderness includes one goal against the Minnesota Magicians over the Thanksgiving holiday.
This weekend he’ll face another team that has shown an interest in bringing in Bulls players for future opportunities – just three weeks ago, Cameron Fagerlee signed a tender with the Wings, the second of three such agreements with an NAHL team signed by a Bulls player this season.
In fact, this weekend’s two-game set between the Wilderness and the Wings is an important one for both teams. The Wings are trying to hold off the Austin Bruins for the top spot in the league’s Central Division, while the third-place Wilderness try to catch those two teams and create some separation from the Minot Minotauros and Bismarck Bobcats. Minot and Bismarck are just four points behind the Wilderness and tied for the division’s last playoff spot.
North Iowa will have an extra-busy weekend, with three games on the docket. The Bulls travel to Oregon, Wisconsin to face the Wisconsin Whalers on Thursday and Friday before hosting the Wausau RiverWolves on Saturday night. Live streaming coverage of all three games is available on HockeyTV.
Saturday’s game against the RiverWolves is College Night with the Bulls, with free frosty mugs for the first 100 fans in the door. Admission for college students is just $5 with a valid college ID. For advance tickets to Saturday’s game, or any future Bulls home game, click here.