Taking a long time to sort out penalties once again.
North Iowa on the power play.
North Iowa still in front 2-1 with 13 minutes to play in the second period. Shots are 21-12 in favor of the Bulls.
Richie Marenis with the goal putting North Iowa up 3-1 with 12:26 to play in the second.
Another scuffle. It's been a physical hockey game.
North Iowa back on the PK.
North Iowa kills the penalty and has a 2 on 1 break. Saved.
Patrick Sivets to the box for head contact with 9:06 left in the second period. North Iowa leads 3-1.
Tripping penalty on Twin Cities. 4 on 4 for just over a minute.
Another scuffle. Two more players to the box.
North Iowa with five shots on the power play. Bulls lead 3-1 with just under six minutes to play in the second period.
North Iowa with a 30-14 shots on goal advantage.
North Iowa with nine penalties for 36 minutes, Twin Cities with five for 12.
North Iowa 3, Twin Cities 1 with 2:55 to play in the second period.
Patrick Sivets with the goal, Conor Jonasson with the assist.
Another North Iowa penalty. Matt Kroska to the box.
North Iowa up 4-1 after two periods of play.
North Iowa with a 22-6 shots on goal advantage in the second period.
North Iowa starts the third period on the penalty kill.
1:29 left on Kroska's holding penalty.
Four minutes gone in the third period. North Iowa 4, Twin Cities 1.
Shot off the pipe for North Iowa.
North Iowa would play the Helena Bighorns at 6 p.m. tomorrow night if they can hold a 4-1 lead. 13 minutes to play.
North Iowa on the penalty kill once again.
Kyle Krueger back into the penalty box less than a minute after coming out of it.
10:56 to play, North Iowa leads Twin Cities 4-1.
North Iowa doing a nice job on the penalty kill tonight. Seventh Twin Cities power play and they've allowed six shots down a man.
Bulls kill off the penalty.
Sivets somehow gets the puck between Schluneger and the pipe. 5-1 North Iowa.
Five goals now for Sivets in the three games at Nationals.
Bulls up 5-1 with just under 4 minutes remaining. They'll play at 6 p.m. tomorrow against Helena unless Twin Cities pulls off a miraculous comeback.
Bulls kill off another penalty.
Final: North Iowa 5, Twin Cities 1.
Back at the Rochester Recreation Center for the North Iowa Bulls' semifinal game against the Helena Bighorns. The winner of tonight's game will play the Twin Cities Northern Lights at noon on Monday for the national championship. Twin Cities defeated Atlanta 4-3 earlier today.
Both teams are on the ice going through warmups.
14 minutes until player introductions.
North Iowa went 3-0 in pool play while Helena went 2-1.
Bulls fans turning out as always
About 30 fans from Helena is my estimation.
Alek Lazarski in goal for Helena. Matt Bartels gets the start for North Iowa.