The Blues took the first faceoff and it was back and forth until the 16:32 mark when Josef Pontasch pushed the puck past the Topeka Goalie for the score with a little help from Kyle Cook and Cody Dixon. The Power Play goal put the Blues up 1 – 0. The defense played well during period one as we have come to expect, and the Guys finally got a goal on Traber, Topeka’s fine Goalie.
The second period was the reason they play the game. The Roadrunners scored to tie the game at 9:10 of the second, and then scored again to take a 2 – 1 lead at 16:25. Less than a minute later Gavin Tufte took a pass from Radim Matus and slammed the puck past Traber to tie the score. The second period ended with the score tied and the third period eagerly anticipated. I’ve noticed, especially during last Sunday’s game that the Blues will grind it out to the very end, no matter the score. Tonight they continued to play tough hard nose hockey, and gave Topeka all they wanted.
The third period was all Jr. Blues as Radim Matus started the scoring at the 11:11 mark. He was assisted by Gavin Tufte and Ethan Nauman. Just under three minutes later Kevin Walters shot from the near side point past Traber to make it 4 – 2. Matus and Nauman assisted. Gavin Tufte scored on an empty net at 18:49 to round out the scoring. The final score was 5 – 2 Springfield Jr. Blues were victorious.
The same two teams square off at 7:00 pm tomorrow night. If you can’t make it out to the rink tune in the FASTHockey network for the game. The Blues win number 20 tonight against their nemesis, Topeka Roadrunners.