The Jr. Blues concluded their weekend defeating the Janesville Jets 4-1 Saturday night. The game started off with seeing two fights in the first 4 seconds. Gavin Tufte got the best of Brandon Boelter and Clay Blankenship squared off against Pijus Rulevicius. All of the players were assessed a five minute major, for fighting. Just minutes later, Stewart Bell opened up the scoring, as the shot bounced past Jet’s goaltender David Jacobson. The shot came in as a dump as the Blues were a line change.
The second period barely got underway, when Ethan Nauman sent the Jr. Blues up by two goals. Finding themselves in penalty trouble, the Blues killed off all three of the Janesville power plays. Shortly after being shorthanded, Alex Brooks of Janesville scored the Jets’ only goal of the game. The period finished physical and fast, as the Blues played with a new sense of urgency and toughness.
As the third period got underway, Janesville stepped up their game, out shooting Springfield 9-7. Blue’s forward Ross Andersen was penalized for a questionable tripping call, and the Jets were unable to convert on the power play again. Seven minutes later, Andersen went on the attack. After receiving a pass from Taylor Wolte, Andersen came across the slot and slid in a goal past the Jet’s netminder. Chris Sitler closed out the scoring with a minute left on an empty net. When the horn went off the Springfield crowd cheered loudly for a great weekend of hockey. Come on Springfield, let’s get behind our team!
*3 Stars of the Game*
2. Stewart Bell
3. Ethan Nauman