Springfield, Illinois – With the conclusion of the 2019 Southern Showdown, the Springfield Jr. Blues are one step closer to the start of the 2019-20 North American Hockey League (NAHL) season.
On Friday evening, the Jr. Blues opened up the weekend with a 2-0 shutout over the Corpus Christi IceRays. Aaron Shaw and Danila Larionovs scored for the Jr. Blues while Jackson Salt added two assists. Ryan Wilson and Alex Proctor combined for the shutout.
Things would not go the Jr. Blues way on Saturday night, however, as the host Lone Star Brahmas claimed a 4-1 victory. Aaron Swanson scored the lone tally for the Jr. Blues on the power play, while Ryan Wilson and Henry Graham combined to stop 49 out of 53 shots in the contest.
Sunday afternoon saw the Jr. Blues and the Shreveport Mudbugs faceoff in what was the first of several meetings scheduled this season. Despite many clutch saves from Henry Graham and Alex Proctor, the Jr. Blues fell to the Mudbugs 3-2. Aaron Swanson picked up his second power play goal in as many games, and Anders Grongstad scored his first goal of the preseason late in the contest.
The team will now shift their focus to Lindenwood University who comes to town this Friday evening for a 7:05 pm puck drop to wrap up the 2019 preseason. Tickets are available in advance for FREE by stopping by one of our sponsored locations (Antonio’s Pizza, Taco Gringo, Cooper’s Alleyside, Underdog Sports & Memorabilia) or by stopping by The Nelson Center Front Desk. Tickets at the door will be $5 for all ages.
Springfield, Illions – The 2019-20 North American Hockey League (NAHL) season doesn’t officially begin for another couple of weeks, but the Springfield Jr. Blues kicked off their 2019 preseason schedule with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Jr. Blues (NA3HL) on Saturday night. Cam Wuesthoff, Max Osborne, and Reese Tambellini each scored for Springfield, while Henry Graham and Alex Proctor combined to allow just two goals on the evening.
Wuesthoff, who is from St. Louis, opened the scoring late in the 1st period on a feed from Tambellini. Osborne would add to that total with less than :28 left in the frame and Springfield would take a 2-1 advantage into the intermission.
St. Louis would knot the game up 2-2 in the 2nd, but that would be all the offense from either side during the period. In the final and decisive period, Tambellini would pick up his second point of the game when he scored the game winning goal on a pass from Aaron Shaw, who had two assists in the game.
For St. Louis, it was an opportunity to bring down a Tier II hockey club, and they came up just short. For Springfield, it was a chance to get a glimpse of the new players and see how they will fit in with the team for this season.
Springfield will head down to Texas for the 2019 Southern Showdown this week to play three games against the South Division. On Friday September 6th, the Jr. Blues will face-off against the Corpus Christi Ice Rays at 5:45 pm. From there they will play the Lone Star Brahmas at 5:45 pm on Saturday, and then will play the Shreveport Mudbugs on Sunday at 2:10 pm. All three games will be available LIVE on HockeyTV.