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Weekend Preview – Springfield at Jets January 12-13

This weekend the Springfield Jr Blues will be hosted by the Janesville Jets in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Last weekend, the Springfield Jr Blues hosted the Jets and took two losses in two days. This weekend, team owner Dan Ferguson says he’s hoping to turn those numbers around.

Springfield Jr Blues fans can meet at Cooper’s AlleySide located inside KingPin Lanes to watch the game. Cooper’s AlleySide is at 3115 East Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, IL 62702. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @SpringfieldJr.Blues to see pictures of the team bowling outing Thursday!

Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, January 27, 2018. It’s Military Appreciation Night! All military gets in for just $5.00 with proper ID. We will have games, giveaways, and more!

 

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Janesville Jets

Tale Of The Tape:

Record: 21-8-2-0, 44 Pts. (2nd in Midwest) 7-2-1-0

Goals Against Average: 2.49/Game (22nd in NAHL)

Scoring Leaders: Jakov Novak (28 GP,  15 G – 24 A – 39 Pts.), Kip Hoffmann (31 GP,  12 G- 23 A – 35 Pts.), Erik Palmqvist (27 GP, 6 G – 13 A – 19 Pts.), 

Player To Watch:

Jakov NovakThis D1 player has earned 39 points this season, 24 of which are assists. With 17 goals, Springfield will have to keep an eye on his play, and limit his chances to set up assists.

Between The Pipes:

Garrett Nieto:  The former Springfield goalie is 11-3 so far this season. He sports a save percentage of 0.928 and a GAA of 2.12, making him 6th in the league.

 

SPRINGFIELD JR. BLUES


Tale Of The Tape:

Record: 18-13-1-1, 38 Pts. (3rd in Midwest)

Goals Against Average: 2.49/Game (14th in NAHL)

Top Scorers: Jeff Skinner (21 GP,  15 G- 15 A -30 Pts.), Ethan Stewart (33 GP,  12 G- 15 A -27 Pts.),  Nikita Kozyrev (33 GP, 12 G- 14 A -26 Pts.)

Forward To Watch:

Jeff Skinner Springfield forward Jeff Skinner has logged 30 points this season with Springfield, putting him on track to score more points than his 17 points earned last season with the Wichita Falls Wildcats.

Manning The Blue Line:

Jordan Muzzillo Springfield defenseman Jordan Muzzillo has logged 21 points this season, with 5 goals and 16 assists. He has one power play goal and one game winning goal.

Between The Pipes:

Evan Fear: Goaltender Evan Fear sports a save percentage of .924 this season, with 2.44 GAA. He is currently fourth in the league for shootout save %. He is 8-5 so far this season for the Springfield Jr. Blues, and he will look to stay hot this weekend!

Walter makes NCAA DI commitment

The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that defenseman Marcus Walter has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Bentley University in Atlantic Hockey.

Walter, 18, is in his first season playing in the NAHL. The 6’3/209 lbs. native of St. Albert, Alberta, has been a solid edition to the Jr. Blues blueline this season. In 27 regular season games, Walter has recorded 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists). Walter has picked up an assist in three of his last four games.

“I am very proud to announce my commitment to play D1 hockey at Bentley University. Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way. #GoFalcons,” said Walter on Twitter.

“We are very proud of Marcus on his commitment to further his hockey and academics at Bentley. He comes to work everyday with the intent to get better and the hard work has paid off,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

Prior to playing in the NAHL, Walter spent two seasons playing in Canada for the Drayton Valley Thunder.

Walter is the 4th Jr. Blues player on this year’s roster who has made an NCAA Division I commitment.

 

Preseason Schedule Announced

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.

 

Game times:

 

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. 

Coach Tony Zasowski Named to "40 Under 40"

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.

Della Maggiore Commits to Alaska- Fairbanks

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. 

Jr. Blues Alumni Making News

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%.

 

http://www.ushl.com/news_article/show/632934?referrer_id=1348814

http://pointstreaksites.com/view/bloomingtonthunder/thunder-news/news_444729

Joey Lupo Commits to Amherst

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.  

Jr. Blues Fall to Janesville

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. 

Playoff Push Update

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. 

For the up to date NAHL standings:

http://nahl.stats.pointstreak.com/standings.html?leagueid=164&seasonid=14328

Jr. Blues Top Janesville

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.