The Springfield Jr. Blues have announced the 2016-2017 preseason schedule. Fans will get their first chance to see the Springfield Jr. Blues in action the weekend of September 9th, 10th, and 11th.
Fans will recognize familiar preseason opponents, as Lindenwood University Lions and the University of Illinois will both be back this year to take on the Springfield Jr. Blues. Springfield will take on Lindenwood Friday, September 9. Last year the Jr. Blues split the two games they played against the Lions with a 2-0 loss and a 2-1 win. The Lions went on to win the ACHA Division I National Championship. University of Illinois will be in town on Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th. Springfield swept the series against the Fighting Illini last year.
Friday September 9th vs. Lindenwood – 7:00 P.M.
Saturday September 10th vs. U of I – 6:05 P.M.
Sunday September 11th vs. U of I – 4:05 P.M.
Tickets are $5 at the door or FREE if you get them in advance either at the Nelson Center, through the Springfield Jr. Blues mobile app, or one of our partners. Tickets will come available in August.
Springfield Jr. Blues Head Coach Tony Zasowski was named to the Springfield Business Journal's 2016 “40 under 40”. The “40 under 40 “ is a list comprised of 40 influential people within the Springfield community under the age of 40. Coach Tony has been in the Springfield community since starting with the Springfield Jr. Blues 4 years ago, mentoring, developing, and advancing hockey players to the next level.
“It’s great having Tony as a part of our team.” says Springfield Jr. Blues owner, Dan Ferguson “He’s a great asset to our organization and Springfield is much better off having young professionals like him in our community.”
Tony's involvement in the community goes beyond the work he does here with the Springfield Jr. Blues. He is also involved with different community groups and charities, such as the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, and has served as a guest instructor for Sangamon CEO.
Jr. Blues goalie Niko Della Maggiore has committed to play college hockey at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Della Maggiore has spent the last two seasons with the Jr. Blues. This past season he earned an 11-8-2 record with a 91.3% save percentage and a 2.82 GAA average. He was named the Midwest Division Player of the Week for the week of October 26 and was named the NAHL Goalie of the Month for the month of October.
The University of Alaska-Fairbanks is a member of the NCAA Div-I and is member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Niko Della Maggiore is the 12th Jr. Blues player to make a college commitment this season including: Joey Lupo – Amherst; Erich Fear – Denver; Kyle Meeh – Saint Mary’s University; Tommy Nappier – Ohio State; Trevor Stone – Air Force; Anthony Scarsella – Michigan State; Michael Houle – Bowling Green; Brady Tomlak – Air Force; Sam Craggs – Bowling Green; Hunter Schneider – Wisconsin-River Falls; Teddy Rotenberger – Alabama – Huntsville.
A couple of Jr. Blues alumni are making their mark in the USHL.
Former Jr. Blues goalie Stefanos Lekkas was named the USHL goalie of the week this past weekend after leading his team to two big wins. This past weekend he had 74 saves, a 1.00 GAA, and a save percentage of 97.4% in the 2 wins including one shutout. His 93.2% save percentage for the season currently ranks 3rd in the USHL.
Former Jr. Blues forward Patrick Curry has committed to play college hockey at Boston University. Curry, who is currently playing for the Bloomington Thunder, is in his third season in the USHL and currently has 33 points on the season including 17 goals.
“Growing up and watching college hockey I always knew Boston University was one of the top teams; consistently making the tournament, winning national championships, and playing in the highly toughed Hockey East Conference,” said Curry on his future program’s history, which was one of his deciding factors in the commitment.
Boston University has won five national championships and was in the Frozen Four last year.
Lekkas and Curry were teammates for the 2013-2014 season. Curry played 25 games for the Jr. Blues, racking up 26 points including 12 goals. Lekkas played in 46 games accumulating a 2.32 GAA and a save percentage of 92.7%.
Joey Lupo has committed to play college hockey at Amherst College.
Lupo, a St. Louis, MO native, is currently in his third year with the team and has played in 125 games for the Jr. Blues. He has been an all around skilled player, playing center, wing, and has even spent time on defense. Lupo currently has 21 points on the season including 5 goals.
“I’m really excited about it.” Said Lupo “It’s a great school. It’s got great academics, a great coaching staff, and a great history. I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”
Amherst College is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference in NCAA Div-III.
Joey Lupo is the 11th Jr. Blues player to make a commitment this season, joining: Anthony Sacrsella – Michigan State; Kyle Meeh – Saint Mary’s; Erich Fear – Denver; Trevor Stone – Air Force; Hunter Schnieder – Wisconsin River Falls; Sam Craggs – Bowling Green; Brady Tomlak – Air Force; Ted Rotenbeger – Alabama Huntsville; Michael Houle – Bowling Green; and Tommy Nappier – Ohio State.
The Jr. Blues fell to the Janesville Jets by the score of 6-2 Saturday Night.
The Jr. blues jumped out to the lead first when Trevor Stone score off of assists from Josh Bell and Anthony Scarsella to make it 1-0. Janesville then scored 4 unanswered goals to gaina 4-1 advantage. Brdy Tomlak then broke the Janesville scoring streak with a goal off assists from Kyle Meeh and Trevor Stone to cut the lead to 4-2. Janesville then scored two or goals to give the game its 6-2 final score.
The Jr. Blues clinch a playoff spot with three Coulee Region losses next weekend.
The Jr. Blues head into their regular season finale tonight 3 points ahead of the Coulee Region Chill in the Midwest Divsion Standings. Coulee Region plays tonight and has 3 games remaining next weekend.
A Jr. Blues win and Coulee Region loss tonight would put the Jr. Blues 5 points ahead heading into next weekend, meaning a Coulee Region loss in regulation would clinch a playoff spot for the Blues. If both teams win or both teams lose the Jr. Blues would have a 3 point lead meaning 2 Coulee Region regulation losses would clinch a playoff spot for the Jr. Blues. A Jr. Blues loss and the Chill win would mean the Jr. Blues would have a 1 point lead, and three Coulee Region losses would clinch a spot for the Jr. Blues.
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The Jr. Blues picked up an important 3-0 win over the Janesville Jets Friday night.
The Jr. Blues jumped out to the lead early in the first period when Matt Long scored a short handed, unassisted goal to give the Jr. Blues the 1-0 lead. Later in the first period, Trevor Stone found the back of the net off of assists from Josh Bell and Keenan Sabatini to extend the Jr. Blues lead to 2-0. In the second period Erich Fear extended the lead to 3-0 when he socred off assists from Stone and Josh Bell, which would be the game's final.
Tommy Nappier had 26 saves in the shutout win.
The Jr. Blues fell to the Janesville Jets by the score of 6-2 on Thursday night.
Janesville jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Sam Craggs found the back of the net off of asists from Matt Long and Petr Kuznetsov for his 17th goal of the season to cut the lead to 3-1. The Jets then scored again to make the game 4-1 but then Joey Lupo scored his 5th goal of the season off of assists from Brady Tomlak and Zach Balodis to cut the Jets lead to 4-2. Janesville then added on two more goals to give the game its 6-2 final.
Tommy Nappier had 15 saves in the loss and Niko Della Maggiore had 6 saves in relief.
The same two teams play again tomorrow and Saturday night for the Jr. Blues last two home games of the regular season.
The Jr. Blues picked up a big win against the Janesville Jets Friday night by the score of 3-2.
The Jets took the lead first scoring in the first period to go up 1-0. Brady Tomlak then scored off assists from Nikolai Knyzhov and Petr Kuznetsov to tie the game up at 1-1 at the end of the first period. In the second period Luke Radetic scored off assists from Trevor Stone and Josh Bell to give the Jr. Blues a 2-1 lead. Janesville tied it up to make it 2-2 at the end of the second period. Both teams were held scoreless for most of the third period until Josh Bell found the back of the net off assists from Drew Richter and Matt Long to give the Jr. Blues a 3-2 lead which would be the games’ final score.
Tommy Nappier had 30 saves in the win.