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Air Force to Play Notre Dame on NBC

Springfield, Illinois – The University of Notre Dame and NBC have announced that this weekend’s games between the Fighting Irish and the U.S. Air Force Academy will be broadcast on national television.

The season opener on Friday, October 11th will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network. The puck will drop at 7:05 pm ET at the Compton Family Arena. Check your local listing to find times and channels to watch the game. Tony Simeone will call play-by-play while former NHL winger Anson Carter will be the analyst. 

The series finale will be on Sunday, October 13th and will be televised live on the NHL Network with the opening faceoff scheduled for 3:05 pm ET. In addition to the NHL Network, the game will also air on NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia, and SNY. Check your local listing to find times and channels. Both games will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

The games will give Jr. Blues fans a chance to watch alumni Trevor Stone and Brady Tomlak in action as they both currently play for the Air Force Falcons. Stone and Tomlak are both entering their senior season at AF and were each named Assistant Captain just two weeks ago. 

Stone, who is from Pleasant Plains, IL, holds the Jr. Blues record for all-time games played with 197 appearances between 2012 and 2016. He finished his NAHL career with 33 goals and 65 assists. Tomlak, an Oakland, MI native, spent two seasons in Springfield for the Jr. Blues compiling 30 goals and 41 assists in 118 games.

Jr. Blues Alumni Report: Sep. 25th, 2019

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues have been a mainstay in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for the last 26 seasons, and will look to continue their success in moving players on to NCAA and professional hockey here in our 27th season. With over 350+ alumni having played in the NCAA and over 140+ players seeing time in professional hockey, our weekly Alumni Report has a lot of ground to cover. 

Here is our first rundown of where our Alumni are at, and who is making waves early in the 2019-20 season. 

We start by taking a look at the Air Force Academy and specifically Trevor Stone and Brady Tomlak. Each player is entering their senior season for the Falcons, and it was announced yesterday that they will both serve as Assistant Captains this season. 

Stone, a native of Pleasant Plains, IL, currently has 36 career points in 99 games played for Air Force including 9 goals and 2 assists last season. Tomlak, who hails from Oakland, MI, currently has 53 points in 109 games with 8 goals and 10 assists last season. Stone, Tomlak, and the Air Force Falcons will start their season on October 6th against Trinity Western University.

From the confines of the Air Force Academy, we shift our attention to Europe for our next pair of alumni. Michael Davies, who played for the Jr. Blues during the 2004-05 season, is continuing his professional career this year by playing for the Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL. So far in the 2019-20 season Davies has 1 goal and 2 assists in 3 games played. Davies has spent time playing in the ECHL, AHL, DEL (Germany), and EBEL (Austria) in his professional career. 

Max Kalter finished up his tenure at the University of Connecticut last spring before joining the Kansas City Mavericks at the end of the ECHL season. This year Kalter has signed on to play for Cergy in the France2 Hockey League. In 2 games played, Max has 1 goal and 1 assist. Kalter played parts of two seasons with the Jr. Blues and one season with the Sioux City Musketeers before attending UCONN. 

Our final highlight this week will be on sophomore goaltender Dryden McKay, whose breakout freshman campaign turned heads around the NCAA. McKay went 24-7-2 for the Minnesota State Mavericks last season with a 1.76 GAA and .927 SV%, good enough to earn him a place on the Preseason All-WCHA Team in both the coaches and media polls. Last season McKay earned CHN’s National Rookie of the Year Award, as well as being named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team and the All-WCHA Second Team. He earned Goaltender of the Week recognition five times, Rookie of the Week once, and Goaltender of the Month once. 

In addition to these players that we have highlighted, here are a few others to keep an eye on:

  • Tommy Nappier: Ohio State; 2018-19 BIG Ten Goaltender of the Year
  • Radim Matus: Orli Znojmo (EBEL); 3 GP, 2 A
  • Fabio Hollenstein: HC Thurgau (NBL); 5 GP, 1 G, 14 PIM
  • Patrick Smyth: Will be attending West Point and playing for the Army Black Knights. 
  • Casey Dion: Will play for the Peoria Rivermen of the SPHL. 
  • Nikolai Knyzhov: Signed contract with SJ Sharks, will play for San Jose Barracudas (AHL)

Jr. Blues Alumni Shine in the NCAA

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues have over 100 alumni playing in other junior leagues, college, and professional leagues. In what has proven to be a phenomenal year for our alumni, goaltenders have stood out from the rest.

For his play this past weekend, Dryden McKay was named an Honorable Mention for WCHA Goaltender of the Week. McKay helped propel the Minnesota State – Mankato Mavericks to a sweep of Northern Michigan, going 2-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .931 save percentage. In 21 games played this season McKay is 14-5-1 with a 2.04 GAA and a .919 save percentage.

But McKay wasn’t the only alumni goaltender to play well this past weekend.

Mike Robinson was named a Hockey East Top Performer as he went 1-0-2 for the University of New Hampshire. Robinson recorded a 1.90 GAA and a .937 save percentage in the three games, including a career-best 36 saves in a 6-0 shutout against UCONN. The shutout is Robinson’s third shutout of the season, and he sports a 8-6-7 record with a 2.20 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

 

Not to be forgotten, Stefanos Lekkas was also named a Hockey East Top Performer for driving the University of Vermont Catamounts to a two-game sweep of Merrimack. Turning in a 1.94 GAA and a .923 save percentage, Lekkas allowed one goal on Friday and kicked aside 28 shots in a 4-3 overtime victory on Saturday.

Goaltending excellence aside, our alumni forwards have pitched in lately as well. Brady Tomlak scored a goal and an assist in Air Force’s 3-1 victory on Saturday against Robert Morris to finish a two game sweep. Tomlak now has 5 goals and 6 assists in his junior season for the Falcons.

Josh Lammon once again makes our list of alumni outstanding performances after he scored one goal and added one assist for Mercyhurst in a weekend split with AIC. The senior captain of the Lakers has 9 goals and 10 assists in 28 games this season.

Here is a recap of other alumni around the world:

  • Zachary Tyson (F) – 5 G, 16 A in 21 games for Hobart College (NCAA D3)
  • Michael Davies (F) – 10 G, 11 A in 29 games for EHC Linz (EBEL)
  • Radim Matus (F) – 7 G, 13 A in 42 games for Orli Znojmo (EBEL)
  • Patrick Curry (F) – 7 G, 8 A in 23 games for Boston Univ. (NCAA D1)
  • Chris Brown (D) – 7 G, 12 A in 35 games for Missouri State Univ. (ACHA)
  • Lester Lancaster (D) – 3 G, 3 A in 19 games for Univ. of Denver (NCAA D1)

Jr. Blues Alumni Update

Springfield, Illinois – From the NCAA to the NHL, Jr. Blues alumni have represented the capital city since 1993. Over 100 alumni are currently playing in higher levels of junior hockey, college hockey, or professional hockey. Here is a quick look at the highlights from the past week.

Dryden McKay has been turning heads for Minnesota State-Mankato this season. The Buffalo Grove, Ill native helped the Mavericks sweep Ferris State over the weekend with a 3-2 OT win on Friday and a 2-1 win on Saturday. McKay stopped 45 of 48 shots in total over the weekend with a 1.46 GAA and a .938 save percentage, and was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Week. McKay, a freshman, is 11-4-1 on the season. 

The Air Force Falcons tied Army 2-2 in two games this past weekend, and two Jr. Blues alumni helped get them there. Trevor Stone scored on Friday night and Brady Tomlak scored on Saturday night. In 22 games played this season Stone has 5 goals and 2 assists, while Tomlak has appeared in 20 games this season and has 4 goals and 5 assists.

Tommy Nappier continues to shine for the Ohio State Buckeyes. On Saturday, Nappier stopped 24 of 26 shots from the Michigan Wolverines to claim his 8th victory of the season. The 6’3”, 220 lbs. St. Louis, MO native has a 1.58 GAA and a .945 save percentage in the 2018-19 campaign, both 2nd best in the nation.

Transitioning to professional hockey can be difficult for some players, but Kelly Klima seems to be progressing well for the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL. In 10 games for the Admirals this season Klima has 3 goals and 5 assists, including a goal and 2 assists in a three game series against Orlando this past weekend. Kelly’s brother, Kevin, also played for the Jr. Blues and is currently playing for HC Sparta Praha in the Czech league after starting the season in Tucson for the Arizona Coyotes’ AHL affiliate.

Here a few other outstanding performers:

  • Ross Olsson: 6 goals and 13 assists in 11 games for Endicott College
  • Josh Lammon: 8 goals and 8 assists in 24 games for Mercyhurst Univ.
  • Bryan Hovanec: 9 goals and 6 assists in 14 games for Lebanon Valley College
  • Luke Radetic: 10 goals and 4 assists in 15 games for Univ. of St. Thomas
  • Blake Robertson: 8 goals and 3 assists in 17 games for Trine Univ.
  • Sandro Aeschlimann: 1.83 GAA and a .932 save percentage in 6 games for EV Zug (Swiss)

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