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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. 

Jr. Blues Win Friday, Lose in OT on Saturday

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues split their series with the Shreveport Mudbugs this past weekend, winning on Friday night and losing in overtime on Saturday. 

On Friday night it was the Ryan Wilson show as the rookie netminder stopped all 37 shots that Shreveport sent his way en route to a 1-0 victory. The lone goal of the contest occurred just under six minutes into the 2nd period when Danila Larionovs picked up his 3rd goal of the season on a feed from Trent DeNuccio and Wilson. 

Friday night’s victory was the 2nd shutout for Wilson on the season as he previously blanked the Corpus Christi IceRays 1-0 at the NAHL Showcase and was his 3rd win overall. 

Saturday night began the right way for the Jr. Blues as they racked up a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period on goals by Giovanni Carabelli and Adisen Brueck. Trent DeNuccio, Daniel Holmkvist, Hunter Longhi, and Jackson Salt all picked up assists. Things looked pretty bleak for the Mudbugs after they took back-to-back major penalties in the 3rd period, but a shorthanded goal from Warren Natyshak proved to be the spark that Shreveport needed. 

Alexis Girard tied the game up with just over two minutes left in regulation and sent the game to overtime. Matt Weber tucked a shot by Wilson two minutes into the extra frame to give the Mudbugs the victory and avoid the sweep.  

By the Numbers:

A Strong Start – Danila Larionovs has played in 8 games this year for the Jr. Blues and has 3 goals and 2 assists. With his goal Friday he had scored in three straight games and is currently tied for second on the team in scoring with 5 points (Adisen Brueck – 5; Caden Villegas – 6). 

Reliable in Net – Ryan Wilson sits with a 3-1-1 record, a 2.04 GAA and .934 SV% through 5 starts to begin the regular season, including two shutouts. Behind Wilson, Alex Proctor is currently 1-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .929 SV%. Wilson is tied for the league lead in shutouts, while Proctor is in the top 20 in both goals against and save percentage (out of 69 goalies in the league). 

Special Teams – The Jr. Blues penalty kill has done well to this point in the season. With an 89.3% penalty kill percentage the Jr. Blues PK team is 2nd best in the division and 8th best in the league. However, the power play unit, which sits at 6.7%, is currently last in the division and 2nd to last in the league.  

Up Next:

The Jr. Blues will hit the road for the first time this season as they travel up to Chippewa Falls, WI this weekend for a two game series with the Chippewa Steel. Last year the Jr. Blues and Steel didn’t meet until March where they played eight straight games against each other. Both Friday and Saturday’s contest will kick off at 7:10 pm and can be watched live on HockeyTV. 

Brueck, Proctor & Wilson Help Jr. Blues Win Two

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). 

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.