Devin Mitchell scored his first goal in a Jr. Blues uniform, Matt Leon pitched a shut out between the pipes, and the seventh place Springfield Jr. Blues defeated the South division's first place Topeka RoadRunners on Friday night in a regular season North American Hockey League contest.
During the first period, Springfield out shot the RoadRunners 12-3, but after many opportunistic scoring chances, both teams were scoreless after the first twenty minutes of action. The Jr. Blues scored their only two goals in the second period of the contest, with one of them occurring on the power play.
Mitchell, scored the first goal of the game at 10:06 of the second period on the one-man advantage with assists coming from both Parker Johnson and Trevor Stone. Exactly four minutes later, Russell Johnson sent an unassisted slaphot to the back of the net, increasing the lead to 2-0.
Topeka out shot Springfield 29-24 on the night, but the Jr. Blues converted on one of four power plays compared to the RoadRunners, who went 0-for-4 on the night.
Both goalies were impressive in the net, as Topeka's goalie Sawyer Mackenzie allowed just two goals on twenty-four shots. As for the good guys goalie, Matt Leon, he survived a huge flourish from the RoadRunners in the third period as he saved all twenty shots on net. As he picked up his first shut out on the young season, Leon was successful on all 29 shot attempts, and extended the teams overall win streak to three games.
The Jr. Blues are currently 4-7-2 and now have ten points.
Three Stars of the Game
1-Matt Leon (Goalie) Springfield Junior Blues
2-Devin Mitchell (Forward) Springfield Junior Blues
3-Russell Jordan (Forward) Springfield Junior Blues