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Ben Schmidling Earns Division Star of the Week

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Ben Schmidling has been named the Bauer Hockey Midwest Division Star of the Week! This is Ben’s second time earning Star of the Week honors in addition to being the 2nd Star of the Week twice and an Honorable Mention three times.

Schmidling, 21, helped the Jr. Blues to a weekend home sweep of the Chippewa Steel this past weekend. The 5’10/172 lbs. native of St. Joseph, Missouri, racked up six more points in the two wins and extended his point steak to eight straight games. On Friday, Schmidling had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 7-3 win. On Saturday, Schmidling had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win. For the season, Schmidling is second in team scoring with 65 points in 58 games played. “Ben has been on quite a roll for us the past month. He has been a leader offensively for us and we will need him to continue that heading into the playoffs,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette

In addition to Ben Schmidling being named Star of the Week, Brandon Puricelli was listed as an Honorable Mention. Puricelli had six points on the weekend (3 G, 3 A) and now has points in 12 straight games. Overall on the season the Ellisville, Missouri native leads the Jr. Blues in points with 78 points (30 G, 48 A). This is Puricelli’s sixth Honorable Mention this season in addition to being the Star of the Week once (Week of March 4th) and 2nd Star of the Week twice.

Puricelli, Panisa Earn Bauer Hockey Weekly Awards

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) and Jonathan Panisa (Irvine, CA) have been given weekly honors by the league.

Brandon Puricelli earned the Midwest Division 2nd Star of the Week after his performance on Saturday night. Puricelli scored two goals and added two assists for a four point performance against the Topeka Pilots. He now has 14 goals on the season which is tied for the most in the NAHL. The game was Puricelli’s fifth multipoint game of the season and his second in a row.

Jonathan Panisa was named an Honorable Mention for his four point performance this past weekend. On Friday night Panisa scored the lone goal for Springfield, his third of the season and his first since October 5th against Topeka. During Saturday’s shutout over Topeka, Panisa assisted on three goals and his first multipoint game of the season.

Congratulations to both young men for their outstanding performances over the weekend! The Jr. Blues will host the Janesville Jets this weekend. Celebrate the holidays with your favorite hockey team only at the Nelson Center!