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Jr. Blues Unable to Solve Steel

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin – The Springfield Jr. Blues were unable to figure out the Chippewa Steel this past weekend, losing Friday 4-2 and Saturday 7-2. The losses slip the Jr. Blues record to 4-5-1-0 and position us in 4th place in the Midwest Division. 

Friday night started well for the Jr. Blues as Aaron Shaw netted his first goal of the season less than a minute into the game. Hunter Longhi and Jackson Salt each earned an assist on the goal. From there the Steel took control of the game, scoring moments later in the 1st period on a power play before taking a 2-1 lead late in the 2nd. 

Danila Larionovs continued his strong play to start the season by scoring early in the 3rd period on the power play to tie the game 2-2. Trent DeNuccio and Adisen Brueck assisted on the goal. The Steel would score on a breakaway just a few minutes after the tying goal to take a 3-2 lead. An empty net goal would seal the Jr. Blues fate and the Steel would win the game 4-2. Alex Proctor started for the Jr. Blues and stopped 29 of 32 shots. 

Saturday night once again started in the right direction as Carson Jones scored his first goal of the season on a feed from Gino Carabelli to give the Jr. Blues a 1-0 lead just seven minutes into the game. However, the Steel would rebound from the goal and would score the next four goals to lead 4-1 after two periods. 

Larionovs, and stop us if this sounds familiar, scored early in the 3rd period to cut the deficit to 4-2 and give the Jr. Blues life late in the contest. Salt and Brueck assisted on the goal. The Steel would not be denied a sweep on home ice as they would score three more goals to take a decisive 7-2 victory. Ryan Wilson got the start in net and stopped 28 of 35 shots. 

Jr. Blues Notes:

A Strong Start – The Jr. Blues scored in the opening minute on Friday night, marking the first time they achieved that feat since February 24th against the Kenai River Brown Bears. Last season the Jr. Blues scored 6 goals in the opening minute of a period and have scored 2 goals in that fashion this season.

Does This Sound Familiar? – Through the first three series of the 2019-20 season, the Jr. Blues have two splits (both at home) and have been swept once (on the road). To begin the 2018-19 season the Jr. Blues had an identical record after three series. Last year the Jr. Blues finished the month of October with a 2-5-2 record. 

On the Right Track – Danila Larionovs scored in both games this past weekend bringing his total to 5 goals on the season so far. Since the end of the NAHL Showcase, Larionovs has goals in 5 of 6 games including the game winner against Shreveport on October 4th. With his 2 assists added in, Larionovs is currently tied with Adisen Brueck (4 goals, 3 assists) for the team lead in points. 

Up Next:

The Jr. Blues will refocus on the Topeka Pilots as they come to town this weekend for two games. Friday’s game starts at 7:05 pm while Saturday’s game starts at 6:05 pm. 

Game 2 Gets Away from Jr. Blues

Blaine, Minnesota – The Springfield Jr. Blues kicked off Day 2 at the 2019 NAHL Showcase with an afternoon matchup against the Minnesota Wilderness. While the first half of the game remained close, the Wilderness pulled away in the later half of the game to win 5-1. 

For the Jr. Blues, Max Osborne picked up his first goal of the season :27 into the 2nd period to tie the game 1-1. Assists on the goal were credited to Aaron Shaw and Jayden Jensen, their first points of the regular season. Henry Graham got the start in net for the Jr. Blues, stopping 13/18 shots that he faced in the contest. 

By the Numbers:

Showcase Record – With the loss against the Wilderness the Jr. Blues have now dropped the first two games of the NAHL Showcase for the first time since the 2012-13 season. The Jr. Blues finished that year’s showcase 1-3. 

New Faces – Adisen Brueck donned #25 yesterday in his first action with the Jr. Blues since joining the team this week. Brueck, a Plantation, FL native, had been tendered by the Jr. Blues last season but had been battling for a spot on the Madison Capitols roster.

Incorrectly Listed – Here are the correct numbers for players at the showcase: Bobby Burns #2, Jackson Salt #4, Noah Marino #5, Cam Cervone #7, Quinton Murphy #14, Spencer Silver #15, Henry Graham #30. We hope the clarification will help to alleviate any confusion in the discrepancy between our score sheet and what is posted on the league website.

Up Next: 

The Jr. Blues face-off with the New Jersey Titans this morning at 11:00 am CT. The Titans are currently undefeated thus far while we are still searching for our first regular season win. Catch all of the action on HockeyTV, or if you’re at work and unable to watch the game, follow us on Twitter for in-game updates and player news!


Jr. Blues One Step Closer to Regular Season

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 Tops St. Louis 3-2 in Preseason Opener

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. 

Next Up:

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.