The Springfield Jr. Blues are back on the road this weekend, taking on the Topeka Roadrunners in a two game series that starts Friday night.
Springfield (19-19-1-1, 40 pts.) is currently in 3rd place in the NAHL Midwest Division, while Topeka (14-26-3-1, 32 pts.) is in 7th place in the NAHL South Division.
This is the first series that Springfield will be facing a team outside of their division since November 25th. A change of pace that Springfield Head Coach Tony Zasowski says is different, but in a good way.
“Having a chance to play a team from outside our division is different in a good way. Getting away from playing the same 4 teams will be exciting for both the players and coaches. Springfield and Topeka do have a bit of a rivalry from when we were in the same division, and it will be fun to reignite that this weekend.”
We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Although the Springfield Jr. Blues will be playing the Topeka Roadrunners, they will not be in Topeka, Kansas this weekend.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the game will take place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena where the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders call home.
Fans will still be able to follow along with live updates on the Springfield Jr. Blues Mobile App that is available for FREE in both the Apple and Android markets.
Who’s Hot: A key component to Springfield’s recent success has been the defense and goaltending. Springfield has not allowed more than 2 goals in a game over their past four contests (in which they faced the top two teams in the Midwest Division). Goaltender Mike Robinson has stopped 101 of his last 106 shots that he has faced, good for a .952 save percentage. Springfield’s newest goaltender Jordan Greenfield-Flemon mad an impressive debut last Saturday against the Midwest division’s top team, Janesville Jets, stopping 45 of 47 shots.