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Springfield – Alaska Recap

Local Hockey Team is Playoff Bound for the First Time Since 2013

SPRINGFIELD, IL, March 19, 2018– The Springfield Jr. Blues are proud to announce they have returned home from Alaska winning 4-1 and having clinched playoff position. This will be the first time the team has gone to the playoffs since 2013, and the first time they will do so under Head Coach Tyler Rennette, who is a first-year head coach.

The Springfield Jr. Blues spent the last week and a half in Alaska, first taking on the Fairbank’s Ice Dogs for a two-game series before heading to take on the Kenai River Brown Bears. Their first weekend in Alaska resulted in a split with Springfield winning the first game 5-3, breaking the Ice Dogs 33 game-point streak. Brandon Puricelli led the way with two of the five goals. Puricelli also had two assists. Patrick Smyth had two goals, and Marcus Walter scored once. Goalie Jurja Ovecka stopped 26 goals for his 10th win of the season.

Saturday the Ice Dogs game back and won with a final score of 6-1. Max Brainin scored the lone goal for Springfield.

Springfield then traveled to Soldonta, Alaska for a three-game set against the Kenai River Brown Bears.

Thursday night Springfield came out ready to win. Chase Mickelson had one goal and an assist to kick off scoring in the 1st period. Max Brainin and Nick Schultze scored in the 2nd period, but it was Dylan Rauh who scored late in the 3rd, pushing Springfield closer to the playoffs. Goalie Evan Fear made 21 saves for the win.

Friday night, Springfield was hot with Jurja Ovecka in goal, making 29 saves and the team scoring 6 goals on the opponent. Ovecka let in 2 goals to Kenai, yet still landed his 10th win of the season.

Max Brainin led scoring with three points (two goals and an assist). Brandon Puricelli netted two goals as well, while Fabio Hollenstein had one goal and one assist. Nick Schultze also found the back of the net with one goal.

Feeling confident, the teams met again for the third time over the weekend on Saturday night when Giovanni Carabelli scored a short-handed goal assisted by Ethan Stewart and Marcus Walter. Brandon Puricelli then made the score 2-0 with assists from Nikita Kozyrev and Fabio Hollenstein. The Bears went on to score one point, stopping Evan Fear from having a shutout. Springfield still held on for the win, sweeping Kenai and locking themselves into a playoff position for the Robertson Cup.

Springfield will be playing their final two regular season home games Friday March 30th and Saturday March 31st. Springfield will play the Minnesota Magicians. The Springfield Jr. Blues are currently sitting in the third-place position in the NAHL Midwest Division, over the Magicians, who have two games in hand. Springfield will travel to Janesville for a single game on March 28th before returning home for a two-game home series against the fourth-place Minnesota Magicians on March 30-31.

Tentatively, the first playoff home game is set for the 20th of April, though this could change depending on the remaining five games of the regular season.

To purchase tickets for the next two home games on the 30th and 31st of March, visit www.JrBlues.com or tickets can be purchased at the door.

Springfield Starts Hot in Alaska

After a win, then a loss against the Alaska, the Springfield Jr. Blues bounced back during their first game against Kenai, winning 4-3.

A late shorthanded goal from Dylan Rauh moved the Jr. Blues to the brink of a playoff berth thanks to a 4-3 win on Thursday night. Chase Mickelson, who had a goal and an assist in the win, started the scoring for the Jr. Blues in the 1st period. Max Brainin and Nick Schultze scored in the 2nd period and Rauh added the game-winner late in the 3rd period. Brown Bears goals came from Sutton McDonald and Filip Karlsson in the 2nd period and Lukas Millen in the 3rd period. Evan Fear made 21 saves in the win, while Gavin Enright made 27 saves in the loss.

Weekend Preview – Springfield at Kenai

This weekend the Springfield Jr Blues will be hosted by the Kenai River Brown Bears in Soldotna, Alaska. The teams will play Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening before Springfield heads back to Illinois.

With enough points, Springfield could secure a spot in the playoffs THIS WEEKEND!!!

*Please note there is no Official Watch Party at Cooper’s AlleySide for these games due to the time difference between Illinois and Alaska.*

 

Be sure to mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, March 30th and 31st. Your Springfield Jr. Blues are home for their final homestand of the regular season. Be sure to come out on Friday for Happy Hour with $1. Coors Lite drafts from 6:05 until 6:45, with the puck drop at 7:05. This will be our Fan Appreciation Event and Billet Family Night!

Saturday the guys are back in action with the doors opening at 5:05 and a puck drop at 6:05 on Jump Rope for Heart Night. Remember to send in your forms if you participated in Jump Rope for Heart this year and raised $50 or more!

 

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Kenai River Brown Bears

 

Tale Of The Tape:

 

Record: 52-15-34-1,33 Pts. (6th in Midwest)

 

Scoring Leaders: Gil Garcia (51 GP,  20 G – 14 A – 34 Pts.) Cameron McDonald (51 GP,  1 G- 32 A – 33 Pts.) Markuss Komuls (45 GP,8 G – 32 A – 30 Pts.),

 

Player To Watch:

Gil GarciaGarcia has earned 34 points this season, 14 of which are assists. With 14 goals, Springfield will have to keep an eye on his play and limit his chances to score.

 

Between The Pipes:

Gavin EnRight:  The Kenai goalie is 7-18 so far this season. He sports a save percentage of 0.893 and a GAA of 3.88.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD JR. BLUES


Tale Of The Tape:

 

Record: 52-25-21-5-1, 56 Pts. (3rd in Midwest)

 

Top Scorers: Ethan Stewart (52 GP,  17 G- 21 A -38 Pts.), Nikita Kozyrev (49 GP, 14 G- 22 A -36 Pts.), Max Branin (49 GP,  12 G- 20 A -32 Pts.)

 

Forward To Watch:

Ethan Stewart Springfield forward Ethan Stewart has logged 17 points this season with Springfield. He has 17 goals and 21 assists, making him our highest scoring skater this year. He has six power play goals and one game winning goal.

 

 

Manning The Blue Line:

Jordan Muzzillo Springfield defenseman Jordan Muzzillo has logged 52 points this season, with 6 goals and 20 assists. He has one power play goal and two game winning goals.

 

 

Between The Pipes:

Evan Fear: Goaltender Evan Fear sports a save percentage of .875 this season, with 2.66 GAA. His shootout save percentage is 0.875. He is 13-11 so far this season for the Springfield Jr. Blues, and he will look to stay hot this weekend!