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Forward Ethan Stewart Commits to Ferris State

Rockford, Illinois native, and Springfield Jr. Blues fan favorite, Ethan Stewart has committed to play D1 college hockey at Ferris State University.

“As a coach I can’t say enough about this kid,” said Head Coach Tyler Rennette. “Stewart came to the rink everyday with a smile on his face and worked his tail off. This commitment is well deserved,  Ferris State is getting a first class kid.”

Stewart has played 60 games this season, scoring 17 goals, and 30 assists for a total of 47 points. Stewart had one game winning goal this season and is looking strong in the post season.

Springfield Forward Dylan Rauh Commits

Forward Dylan Rauh, originally from Aurora, CO has committed to play NCAA hockey at Aurora University in Illinois.

Rauh joined the team right at the trade deadline, playing 23 games for Springfield in the regular season, giving the team three goals, six assists, for a total of nine points. His entire regular season gives him 61 games played, eight goals, and 13 assists for 21 points.

In the post season, with two games played, Rauh has had one assist.

In a league centered around growth and development, Head Coach Tyler Rennette gets excited when a player commits to a college and will continue to play hockey.

“Dylan has been great for our team since joining us at the deadline. He plays with a lot of energy and is a great role model for the younger players. He will be a great college hockey player and Aurora is lucky to have him next fall,” said Coach Tyler Rennette.

Weekend PLAYOFF Preview: Springfield at Janesville

The playoffs are finally here and your Springfield Jr. Blues are feeling confident going into the weekend with two games on the road against the Janesville Jets.

*Please note the Official Watch Party is at Cooper’s AlleySide for these both games against Janesville starting at 7pm each night*

Be sure to mark your calendars for Friday 4/20 and (possibly) Saturday, 4/21. Your Springfield Jr. Blues are home for their home game of the post season. Be sure to come out on Friday for Happy Hour with $1. Coors Lite drafts from 5:30 until 6:45, with the puck drop at 7:05. We will also have $2 Blue Moon, Give-Aways, A Live Band, and Jersey Auction!

SPRINGFIELD JR. BLUES

 Tale Of The Tape:

Record: (3rd in Midwest)

Top Scorers: Ethan Stewart (60 GP,  17 G- 30 A -47 Pts.), Nikita Kozyrev (57 GP, 15 G- 27 A -43 Pts.), Max Branin (57 GP,  17 G- 23 A -40 Pts.)

Forward To Watch:

Ethan Stewart Springfield forward Ethan Stewart has logged 47 points this season with Springfield. He has 17 goals and 30 assists, making him our highest scoring skater this year. He has six power play goals and one game winning goal.

Manning The Blue Line:

Jordan Muzzillo:  Springfield defenseman Jordan Muzzillo has logged 28 points this season, with 6 goals and 20 assists. He has one power play goal and two game winning goals. 

Between The Pipes:

Evan Fear: Goaltender Evan Fear sports a save percentage of .875 this season, with 2.39 GAA. His shootout save percentage is 0.929. He is 19-11 so far this season for the Springfield Jr. Blues, and he will look to stay hot this weekend!

Schedule for Round 1 of the Robertson Cup Playoffs

Game 1 | Friday, April 13 | Janesville Ice Arena | 7:00 p.m. CST
Game 2 | Saturday, April 14 | Janesville Ice Arena | 7:00 p.m. CST
Game 3 | Friday, April 20 | Nelson Center | 7:05 p.m. CST
*Game 4 | Saturday, April 21 | Nelson Center | 6:05 p.m. CST
*Game 5 | Monday, April 23 | Janesville Ice Arena | 6:00 p.m. CST
*if necessary

Season Series (Springfield 4-8-1-1)

Sat 9/16 | Jets 5 @ Jr. Blues 3
Fri 11/10 | Jr. Blues 3 @ Jets 1
Sat 11/11 | Jr. Blues 4 @ Jets 5
Sat 12/9 | Jr. Blues 4 @ Jets 1
Fri 1/5 | Jets 2 @ Jr. Blues 0
Sat 1/6 | Jets 3 @ Jr. Blues 2
Fri 1/12 | Jr. Blues 1 @ Jets 2
Sat 1/13 | Jr. Blues 4 @ Jets 5 (OT)
Sat 1/27 | Jets 3 @ Jr. Blues 0
Fri 3/2 | Jets 0 @ Jr. Blues 1 (OT)
Sat 3/3 | Jets 6 @ Jr. Blues 3
Wed 3/28 | Jr. Blues 2 @ Jets 1 (SO)

Forward Max Brainin makes NAHL Bauer Star of the Week

Springfield forward Max Brainin has a lot to be excited about this week! After finishing strong with three points over the weekend against the Coulee Region Chill, Brainin is headed to the playoffs with Springfield, and then was named the Bauer Hockey Midwest Division Star of the Week.

From the NAHL website:

Midwest Division Star of the Week: Max Brainin, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues

Winners of their last eight straight, one of the hottest teams entering the 2018 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs is the Springfield Jr. Blues. That hot play continued this past weekend as the Jr. Blues picked up a weekend road sweep of the Coulee Region Chill. Forward Max Brainin, 19, had three points in the two wins for the Jr. Blues and was also a +3. On Friday, the 6’0/190 lbs. native of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, had a goal in a 4-3 win over the Chill, and then on Saturday he had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 3-2 win. For the season, Brainin finished 3rd in team scoring with 40 points in 57 regular season games. “Max has really elevated his game the last few weeks. He is committed to the team game and with that he has had a ton of individual success. We will be counting on him to continue his strong play in the playoffs,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Renette.

Springfield Hangs On for a 4-3 Win

The Jr. Blues jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 4-3 win against the Chill on Friday. The loss was the 7th in a row for Coulee Region. The Jr. Blues got goals from Brandon Puricelli, Max Brainin, and Patrick Smyth to take a 3-0 lead early in the 3rd period. The Chill mounted a comeback with goals from Sam Dabrowski and Andrew McGlynn, but a goal from Springfield’s Sam Swanson secured the win. Connor Zilisch had the other goal for the Chill. Jurja Ovecka made 31 saves in the win, while Mitchell James made 31 saves in the loss.

Springfield Forward Nick Schultze Commits to Tufts

SPRINGFIELD IL – Springfield Jr. Blues’ Forward Nick Schultze has committed to Tufts University in Medford MA, starting this coming fall.

Head Coach Tyler Rennette had the following to say about Schultze “Nick has been everything we thought he would when we traded for him” said Head Coach Tyler Rennette. “He is a great kid and Tufts is getting an excellent student athlete who will make everyone around him better.”

The Springfield Jr. Blues acquired Schultze in December, 2017 from the Topeka Roadrunners. Schultze currently has 31 points, 14 goals, and 17 assists. Springfield expects Schultze to stay strong in the post-season and wishes him all the best in his college hockey career.