The North Iowa Bulls stayed ahead of division rival Granite City with a 4-1 victory over the Lumberjacks in front of almost 1,400 fans on Saturday night at the North Iowa Events Center Ice Arena.
Matt Kroska gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead on a short handed goal that was assisted by Eric Behrend. North Iowa then connected on two consecutive powerplays to take a 3-0 lead. James Hughes tallied the first powerplay marker which proved to be the gamewinner. Hughes was assisted by Behrend and Jake Johnson. Just 3:04 later Timothy Santopoalo slipped through the low slot and rifled a shot past the Granite City netminder. Santopoalo was assisted by Johnson and Connor Langfield.
Midway through the second period Bulls goaltender Aaron Davis was put to the test as Granite City forward Brett Love was awarded a penalty shot. Davis played it cool and stayed patient and in position to stymie the opportunity. The second period ended with the Bulls leading 3-1. North Iowa outshot Granite City 9-4 in the third period and Bulls forward Conor Jonasson added an insurance goal 6:36 into the last frame. Patrick Sivets and Tony Paulson had helpers on Jonasson's third goal of the season. Davis made 24 saves.