Junior Blues Fight But Fall Short to Bandits

The Jr. Blues suffered a 5-1 loss Saturday to the St. Louis Bandits at the Franklin P. Nelson Center. The Bandits struck first when Isak Quakenbush sent a shot past goaltender Andrew Martin. Ethan Nauman, then league’s second leading scorer, tied the score at 14:51 of the first period. Springfield’s Stewart Bell and Isak Quakenbush squared off and received a 5 minute penalty each, for fighting. Just 3 minutes later, Matt Gellatly of St. Louis scored the go-ahead goal, to end the scoring of the period.

      In the second period, the Blues found themselves in penalty trouble. They were assessed a total of four penalties, totaling eight minutes of being shorthanded. St. Louis was unable to convert on the power play, as Blues’ goaltender Andrew Martin was up for the challenge. During the second period, the Bandits took revenge for the loss on Friday night. Three even strength goals were scored, ensuring that the mid-game onslaught would produce a victory.  That was just the case, as a scoreless third period found the Blues falling short to a determined St. Louis team. Bandit’s goalie Ian Obrien recorded 16 saves and Andrew Martin made 22. The Blues fell to 4-6, and take on the Janesville Jets next weekend at home.