Ice Hawks Push Bulls to Limit in New Years Eve Game

The Rochester Ice Hawks have shown flashes of being a really good team this season.

They did it again on Saturday, in a 4-3 loss to one of the top teams in the North American 3 Hockey League, the North Iowa Bulls.

Rochester held a 3-1 lead against the defending NA3HL champions halfway through the second period.

But the Bulls flipped a switch late in the second and scored three times in a span of exactly 3 minutes.

The Ice Hawks (4-23-0-1) were tied with the Bulls 1-1 after one period. Charles Bill scored with 32 seconds left in the first to tie the score after North Iowa’s Owen Larson opened the scoring 4:29 earlier.

Ethan Sievek and Austyn Renn scored in the first 5:48 of the second period to stake the Ice Hawks to a 3-1 lead.

But Connor Clemens, Tim Kuivinen and David Dolter scored in succession three minutes apart late in the period to give the Bulls (25-4-0-1) the lead for good at 4-3.

Renn, SIevek, Spencer Hadacek, Zach Curry and Michael Smits had assists for the Ice Hawks.

Rochester received a strong game in goal from Bailey Schmitz, who stopped 37 of the 41 shots he faced.

Rochester John Marshall grad Brady Meyers started the game in goal for the Bulls. He stopped eight shots in 25:48, then was replaced by RJ Pluhar for the final 34:12.

The Ice Hawks are back in action at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wisconsin Whalers.