The Springfield Jr. Blues were down at the start of the 3rd period, but the team fought back and came away with a 5-3 victory Friday night at The Nelson Center.
Springfield fell behind early, giving up two goals in the first period. Before the period concluded, Springfield forward Max Nylander cut the Topeka lead to 2-1 on his 13th goal of the season. Forward Patrick Smyth was able to tie the game at 2 just 1 minute and 10 seconds later. The score remained 2-2 heading into the second period.
The second period saw only one goal as Topeka regained the lead just 4 minutes into the period. Topeka held a 3-2 lead into the third period.
Facing the possibility of dropping 3 straight games on home ice, Springfield came out firing in the third period. Springfield tied the game at 3-3 on forward Brennan Blaszczak team-leading 20th goal of the season. Blaszczak was not finished with that goal. With under 2 minutes to play in regulation, Blaszczak fired a shot that beat the Topeka goaltender to give Springfield it’s first lead of the game at 4-3. Springfield forward Brandon Puricelli added an empty net goal to give Springfield a 5-3 lead that ended the scoring.
Springfield outshot Topeka 42-31 and goaltender Jordan Greenfield-Flemon stopped 28 of the 31 shots.
Springfield will be back at home tomorrow night for National Hug A G.I. Day! Springfield will be showing their support for all our past and present United States Military Service Members during our National Hug a G.I. Day Armed Services Appreciation night.