Blaine, Minnesota – The Springfield Jr. Blues regrouped after starting the 2019 NAHL Showcase 0-2 to finish the week with two big wins against the New Jersey Titans (Fri. September 20th) and the Corpus Christi IceRays (Sat. September 21st). With the two wins, the Jr. Blues will now begin their home portion of the regular season with a 2-2 record.
On Friday, Adisen Brueck scored two goals in his second game with the team while Aaron Swanson scored a late goal in the 3rd period to give the Jr. Blues a 3-2 victory over previously undefeated New Jersey. Alex Proctor got the nod in net and stopped 26 of 28 shots sent his way to pick up his first junior hockey win. Caden Villegas added two assists while Giovanni Carabelli had one assist.
Saturday’s contest was the second time the Jr. Blues and IceRays had played each other this month with the previous meeting being a preseason game at the 2019 Southern Showdown (SPR won 2-0). Brueck would score his 3rd goal of the season to give the Jr. Blues a 1-0 lead assisted by Max Osborne. That would be all that Ryan Wilson would require as he stopped all 28 shots that Corpus Christi sent his way to pick up his first junior hockey shutout and victory.
The Jr. Blues will now begin their home portion of their regular season as we welcome the Topeka Pilots to town this weekend (9/27 & 9/28).
Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues concluded the preseason with a 4-3 victory over Lindenwood University on Friday night. With the win the Jr. Blues will head into the 2019-20 regular season on a high note having won three out of five preseason contests, including both home games.
Forwards Aaron Swanson and Trent DeNuccio each had a goal apiece while Max Osborne had two goals and an assist in the evening. Danila Larionovs, Caden Villegas, Cam Wuesthoff, Jayden Jensen, Spencer Silver, and Anders Grongstad each had one assist. Ryan Wilson and Henry Graham combined in net for the victory.
During the preseason Swanson and Osborne led the team with three goals each, while Larionovs, Wuesthoff, DeNuccio, Aaron Shaw, and Reese Tambellini each had one. Wilson, Graham, and Alex Proctor split the duties in net, each making timely saves for the Jr. Blues throughout the preseason.
With the preseason now finished, we will switch our focus to the 2019 NAHL Showcase which starts this Wednesday in Blaine, MN against the Minot Minotauros at 7:00 pm.
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.
Janesville, Wisconsin – The Springfield Jr. Blues fell to the Janesville Jets 4-2 on Saturday night, slipping back down to 4th place in the Midwest Division. Nikita Kozyrev and Giovanni Carabelli each had a goal in the contest, the fourth consecutive weekend split for the team.
Janesville jumped out in front in the 1st period before a late tally by Kozyrev tied the game 1-1 heading into the 1st intermission. Carabelli scored just past the halfway point of the 2nd period to tie the game 2-2, but the Jets would quickly score two goals late in the period to lead 4-2 at the break.
Despite opportunities, the Jr. Blues were unable to make the comeback in the 3rd period. Jack Williams stopped 26 of 30 shots in the loss, while Cole Brady made 27 of 29 shots in the win. Nick Techel and Brandon Aird assisted on the Jr. Blues first goal, while Aaron Swanson and Sam Sterne assisted on the second goal.
In the Division:
In what was once an insurmountable lead has now dwindled to just two points for the Minnesota Magicians, as the Fairbanks Ice Dogs are within striking distance after a weekend sweep of the Magicians. The Jr. Blues, for their part, are now within 8 points of the division leaders, a huge step forward after sitting in 5th place and nearly 20 points back at the beginning of January. Although there are no more games left with Minnesota, Springfield plays Kenai River and Fairbanks at home the next two weekends before playing eight straight against the Chippewa Steel.
Richfield, Minnesota – The Springfield Jr. Blues began their weekend series against the Minnesota Magicians with a 4-1 victory on Thursday night. Cade Groton and Nigel Nelson each had a goal and an assist in the victory, while Janis Voris stopped 25 of 26 shots to earn his 5th win of the season.
Springfield opened the scoring 2:31 into the game on the captain Groton’s 2nd goal of the season to give the Jr. Blues a 1-0 lead over division leading Minnesota. The home team would strike on the power play a little more than five minutes later to knot the game up 1-1 heading into the 1st intermission.
From there it would be all Springfield as the Jr. Blues struck gold three times in the 2nd period. Caden Villegas tallied his 5th of the season, and his first since committing to Union College this week, to give the boys in blue a 2-1 lead. Ben Schmidling and Nelson would then score less than 30 seconds apart to give the Jr. Blues a commanding 4-1 lead heading into the 3rd period.
Despite quality scoring chances for both teams in the 3rd period the final score would be 4-1. New faces in Lukas Kuchera and Philip Mass each tallied an assist in their first games wearing the shield. Aaron Swanson had two assists in the victory, Giovanni Carabelli had one assist, and Brandon Puricelli extended his point streak to nine games with an assist.
With the victory the Jr. Blues have now won three in a row against the Magicians and seven of their last ten overall. Springfield’s record is now 21-16-3-1 for 46 points and are tied with the Janesville Jets for 3rd place in the Midwest Division.
A rematch between the two teams is set for tonight at 7:15 pm CST at Richfield Ice Arena in Richfield, MN. Catch all of the action live on HockeyTV, and make sure to follow our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for all the latest news and updates.
Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues defeated the Janesville Jets 4-2 on Friday evening to extend their winning streak to five games. Ben Schmidling notched a two goal performance to lead the Jr. Blues, and Nikita Kozyrev continued his hot play with a goal and an assist. Jack Williams earned his 12th win of the season stopping 15 of 17 shots.
The Jets opened the scoring up on the power play in the 1st period to lead 1-0. Schmidling would tie the game up with less than a minute to play in the 1st period on his 15th of the season, and then would score his 16th goal in the 2nd period to give the Jr. Blues a 2-1 lead. Nick Techel scored his 10th of the season and his 3rd game winning goal in the 3rd period to increase the lead to 3-1. Kozyrev continued to stay red hot with his 7th goal of the season, and his 7th point in his last 4 games, to extend the lead to 4-1. A late Jets goal would cut the deficit to 4-2, but that would be all the offense Williams would allow.
Max Osborne picked up two assists in the game and now has 10 assists on the season. Brandon Puricelli’s 20th assist of the season on Schmidling’s first goal extends his point streak to five games. Aaron Swanson also had an assist on Schmidling’s first goal to extend his point streak to 8 games.
Soldotna, Alaska – Janis Voris won his 4th game with the Springfield Jr. Blues on Saturday night in a 2-1 victory over the Kenai River Brown Bears. Nikita Kozyrev stayed hot with his 6th goal of the season, and Aaron Swanson extended his point streak to 7 games. The Jr. Blues are in 4th place with a 18-15-2-1 record and are now only three points behind the Janesville Jets.
Swanson scored his 6th goal with Springfield a quarter of the way through the 2nd period to give the Jr. Blues a 1-0 lead. Just a minute and a half later, Kozyrev would extend the lead to 2-0. The Brown Bears would break up Voris’ shut out bid with :11 left in regulation, and the final score would be 2-1.
Voris stopped 23 of 24 shots in his second consecutive start, and his third start on the road trip. Brandon Puricelli, Jayden Jensen, and Max Brainin each had an assists in the victory.
Soldotna, Alaska – The Springfield Jr. Blues defeated the Kenai River Brown Bears 3-1 on Friday night in the second game of a three game series. Ben Schmidling and Brandon Puricelli each had two assists and Janis Voris stopped 26 of 27 to earn his 3rd win.
Unlike their start on Thursday, Springfield started strong and never looked back. Sam Sterne scored his 2nd goal of the season 8:02 into the 1st period, and Nikita Kozyrev scored his 5th goal of the season just over a minute later to give the Jr. Blues a 2-0 lead. It would prove to be all the offense they would need to win their 3rd straight game.
Aaron Swanson scored an insurance goal with 6:31 left in the 2nd period to give the Jr. Blues a 3-0 lead and firm control of the game. The Brown Bears would break Voris’s shutout bid on Markus Komul’s power play goal in the 3rd period to cut the deficit to 3-1, but wouldn’t be able to mount any more offense.
Max Brainin tallied his 20th assist of the season on Kozyrev’s goal in the 1st period, he leads the team in that category. Nick Techel also had an assist in the game.
Game three is scheduled for this evening at 7:30 pm AKST (10:30 pm CST) and can be streamed live on HockeyTV!
Soldotna, Alaska – Brandon Puricelli’s 20th goal of the season helped propel the Jr. Blues to a 4-2 win on Thursday night. Nikita Kozyrev would tally a goal and two assists in the contest, and Jack Williams would stop 25 of 27 shots to earn his 11th victory of the season.
Things started off badly for the Jr. Blues as Brown Bears forward Zach Krajnik scored just :57 into the game to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The Jr. Blues would tally late in the period on Max Brainin’s 11th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.
Kozyrev would score his 4th goal of the season just before the halfway mark of the 2nd period to give the Jr. Blues a 2-1 lead. The Brown Bears would answer back a little under three minutes later on a goal by JJ Boucher. That would be all the offense that Williams would allow, stopping all 9 shots in the 3rd period.
Nick Techel would score the game winning goal with 8:33 left in regulation, and Puricelli would net his 20th goal of the season less than a minute later and the Jr. Blues were in front 4-2 and that remained the final score. Sam Sterne added two assists of his own, while Ryan Reid, Aaron Swanson, Giovanni Carabelli, and Blake Finley each had one assist. The assist by Finley, on Techel’s game winning goal, is his first point in the NAHL.
A rematch is set for this evening at 10:30 pm AKST (7:30 pm CST). Tune into HockeyTV to catch all of the action live!
Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud member of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that Aaron Swanson and Jani Voris were named Honorable Mentions for the Midwest Division for their play this past weekend.
Aaron Swanson, 19, was acquired from the Amarillo Bulls in December and has provided an immediate impact. Swanson scored the lone goal on Friday night against Fairbanks and scored the second goal on Saturday. In eight games with the Jr. Blues he has 3 goals and 5 assists. Swanson is in his second NAHL season.
Janis Voris, 17, joined the Jr. Blues after Christmas to solidify the goaltending. In Saturday night’s contest Voris stopped 37 of 40 shots en route to his second win with the team. He has seen action in three games with the Jr. Blues and currently has a 2-0-0-0 record with a 2.97 GAA and a .904 save percentage. Voris, who is from Riga, Latvia, is in his first season in the NAHL.
Congratulations to Aaron and Janis for their outstanding performances!