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Puricelli Nets 20th in 4-2 Win

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!

Jr. Blues and Pilots Split Final Series

Topeka, Kansas – The Springfield Jr. Blues ended the 2018 calendar year in Topeka, KS for their 4th and final series against the Pilots this season. It would prove to be a weekend filled with the unexpected, and would leave the Jr. Blues in the 4th and final playoff spot with a 12-14-2-1 record.

Friday December 21st: Jr. Blues 5 – Pilots 2

Friday proved to follow the trend of road teams winning in this season’s series as the Jr. Blues jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period and never looked back. Nick Techel scored his 8th goal of the season to open the offense for the Jr. Blues and just three minutes later Ben Schmidling would continue his solid play of late with his 12th goal.

Despite a 2nd period tally by the Pilots, the Jr. Blues would score three 3rd period goals to ground the Pilots 5-2. Caden Villegas, who just recently returned from a call up to the USHL’s Central Illinois Flying Aces, scored his 3rd of the season 1:36 into the final frame. Brandon Puricelli would add his 19th goal with just under five minutes left in regulation, and Aaron Swanson would score his first goal with Springfield to seal the deal.

Jack Williams made 24 saves in his 9th win of the season and third win against Topeka. In addition to his goal, Ben Schmidling added two assists and Max Brainin had three assists in Springfield’s most dominant performance since November 17th against Topeka.

Saturday December 22nd: Jr. Blues 0 – Pilots 7

Saturday showed that the NAHL has enough parody to shock everyone. After a dominant performance on Friday, the Jr. Blues came out looking for the sweep of Topeka and two much needed points. But McLean Dorr and the Pilots would have very different ideas.

Topeka opened up the scoring 2:45 into the game and would add a second momentum changing goal just :20 later to lead 2-0 three minutes into the 1st period. From there, five different Topeka players would score on both Williams and backup Caleb Hannon to shutout the Jr. Blues 7-0. It’s the first time this season that Springfield has been held off the score sheet, and the third game against Topeka that has seen one of the teams left without any goals (October 6th and November 17th).

Williams took the loss in the game, his 9th of the season, while stopping 8 shots. Hannon, who took over in the 1st period and played all of the 2nd period, made 9 saves.

By the Numbers:

  • After 8 games played against each other, Springfield and Topeka each have 4 wins. Each Friday game was won by the road team, and each Saturday game was won by the home team.
  • While Friday’s proved to be closer, hard fought games, Saturday’s showed to be a chance for the home team to flex their offensive muscles. Despite more goal being scored during the opening games than the second games (26 on FRI and 24 on SAT), the home teams outscored the visitors on Saturday’s 22-2.
  • Brandon Puricelli scored his 19th goal and added his 12th assist during Friday night’s contest for a total of 31 points on the season. In 28 games played this season Puricelli  has already eclipsed his point total from last year (24 in 27 games).
  • Max Brainin had three assists on Friday and has 18 assists and 28 points overall on the season.
  • Ben Schmidling had one goal and two assists on Friday and now has 27 points on the season.

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The boys are off for the Holidays, but will be home at the Nelson Center on January 4th and 5th to face off against the Minnesota Magicians. Make sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and website for more information on upcoming events, player news, and more!

Weekend Preview vs. Topeka Pilots

Springfield, Illinois- The Springfield Jr. Blues are headed west this weekend to take on the Topeka Pilots in a inter-divisional matchup. The Jr. Blues are currently in 4th place in the Midwest division with a 9-11-2-1 record.

Tale of the Tape:

Topeka Pilots: 12-10-1-1, 3rd in South Division

The Pilots have visited Springfield twice already this season, the two teams splitting the four games played. Topeka is led by forward Dallas Tulik (13 goals, 9 assists) and defenseman Max Finner (3 goals, 13 assists). Emil Gransoe has provided stability in net for the Pilots with 9 wins this season, two against the Jr. Blues.

There are a few familiar faces on the Topeka bench this season. Former Jr. Blues forwards Brendan Schultz, Kyler Yeo, and Kaiden Scott are all on the Pilots roster after playing in Springfield last season.

Springfield Jr. Blues: 9-11-2-1, T-4th in Midwest Division

The Jr. Blues were cooled off last weekend by the Janesville Jets. They had previously won four of six before being swept by their division rival. Springfield is led offensively by Brandon Puricelli (15 goals, 10 assists) who is 3rd in the league in goals, and Max Brainin (9 goals, 11 assists). Jack Williams has played well of late winning four of his last six starts, including November 17th against the Pilots.

The only Friday wins this season for Springfield have come on the road against Janesville in October and in Fairbanks earlier this month. They look to continue to be strong on the road this weekend in Topeka.

 

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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!

Springfield Splits Series with Topeka

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues split their weekend series against the Topeka Pilots and now have a 9-9-2-1 record. With 21 points the Jr. Blues are currently tied with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs for 3rd in the Midwest Division. 

The Jr. Blues three game win streak came to an end on Friday at the hands of the Pilots, 2-1. Jonathan Panisa (Irvine, CA) scored the lone Springfield goal in the 1st period, but that would be the only offense Topeka goaltender Emil Gransoe would allow. Jack Williams (St. Louis, MO) stopped 18 of 20 shots in the loss, his 5th loss of the season.

With over 100 boy scouts and girl scouts in attendance, the Jr. Blues exploded offensively on Saturday night by a final score of 6-0. It would turn out to be a night of firsts for many Jr. Blues players as Nikita Kozyrev (Tallin, Estonia), Kyle Gudme (St. Clair, MI), and Sam Sterne (Batavia, IL) would all score their first goals of the season.

Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) would add two goals of his own and Ryan Reid (Phoenix, AZ) notched his third goal of the season. Panisa had three assists in the game, while Kozyrev and Sterne both had two. Williams stopped all 26 shots sent his way to earn his first shutout of the season and his 6th win.

The Jr. Blues will be at home this weekend to play the second place Janesville Jets at 7:05 pm on Friday night and 6:05 pm on Saturday night. The Jets are currently four points ahead of the Jr. Blues in the division but have played one more game. 

Weekend Preview: Kenai River Brown Bears

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues are heading north – way north. The team has flown up to Soldotna, Alaska for a pivotal Midwest Division matchup against the Kenai River Brown Bears starting tomorrow night at 7:00 pm AKDST (10:00 pm CST).

The Jr. Blues are currently 5-7-2-1 and sit in fifth place in the division. A tough homestand against the Minnesota Magicians saw the team be outscored 15-7 in a three game set last weekend. But despite the disappointing results, positives were evident.

Springfield Jr. Blues Preview:

Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) had a 4 point weekend including two goals in Saturday’s overtime thriller, he now has points in 12 of 15 games played this season. Ben Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO) added a goal and an assist in Saturday’s game to put him at 15 points on the season so far (five goals, ten assists). Defenseman Davis Browning (Dallas, TX) provided two assists on Saturday, his first points since joining the team earlier this week. 

Caleb Hannon (Buffalo, NY) and Jack Williams (St. Louis, MO) are currently sharing the netminder duties for Springfield. Hannon currently has a 3-2-2-0 record with a 2.96 GAA and a .905 save percentage. Williams has a 2-4-0-1 record with a 3.77 GAA and a .874 save percentage. The duo will look to rebound against the Brown Bears who they played in late September to start the season.

Kenai River Brown Bears Preview:

The Kenai River Brown Bears hot start has cooled as of late as they have lost three of their last four. Despite five goals and ten assists from Zach Krajnik the Brown Bears have scored two or fewer goals eight times this season. Kenai River is bolstered by the play of goaltender Gavin Enright. In nine games this season Enright has a record of 5-2-0-1 with a 1.82 GAA and a .939 save percentage.

Season Series:

Kenai River was in Springfield on September 28th & 29th to open the home schedule at the Nelson Center. Springfield took three out of four possible points that weekend going 1-0-1-0. They play each other this weekend in a two game set, both Friday and Saturday’s games are set for 7:00 pm AKDST puck drop (10:00 CST). After this weekend the two teams will next play in January in Kenai River before wrapping up the season series in Springfield in February.

 

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Jr. Blues Rally Late, Fall in Overtime

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues wrapped up their three game homestand against the Magicians with a 5-4 overtime loss on Saturday night. The loss in extra time dropped the Jr. Blues record to 5-7-2-1. 

Despite the outcomes of the games Thursday and Friday, the Jr. Blues resiliency was on display Saturday night as they rallied throughout the game to send the matchup into overtime. A goal by Ben Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO), two goals by Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO), and a tally by Max Brainin (Buffalo Grove, IL) led Springfield offensively. 

Caleb Hannon (Buffalo, NY) stopped 26 of 31 shots in his second overtime loss of the season. Davis Browning (Dallas, TX) notched his first two points with Springfield as he had two assists in the game.  David Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO) notched his first point since returning from injury when he assisted on Springfield’s first goal of the evening.

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Weekend Recap: Janesville Jets

Janesville, WI – The Springfield Jr. Blues split the weekend series with the Janesville Jets and took two important points in what proved to be a physical, hard fought matchup. Springfield is now 5-5-1-1 and remains in 5th place in the Midwest Division.

Friday’s game started out badly for Springfield as Janesville scored less than two minutes into the contest and would lead 2-0 before the period was over. But Springfield wasn’t down for the count. Caden Villegas (Plano, TX) would score his 1st goal in the NAHL and Giovanni Carabelli (Shelby Township, MI) would tie the game on his 4th goal of the season.

The game would head to overtime, but it wouldn’t take long for Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) to score his team leading 7th goal of the season to give the Jr. Blues the victory, 3-2. Caleb Hannon (Buffalo, NY) stopped 37 of 39 shots to claim his 3rd win of the season. Ben Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO), Max Brainin (Buffalo Grove, IL), Kyle Gudme (St. Clair, MI) and Shane Haviland (Wall, NJ) all had assists on the evening.

With confidence high from the previous nights come from behind win, the Jr. Blues headed into Saturday’s game looking to sweep the Jets on their home ice. But Janesville had other ideas on how the game would go. Another 1st period goal by the Jets put them in front, and they added goals in the 2nd and 3rd period to down the Jr. Blues 3-1. The lone Springfield goal came from Nick Techel (Wausau, WI), assisted by Max Brainin (Buffalo Grove, IL) and Sam Sterne (Batavia, IL). Jack Williams stopped 21 of 24 shots and was handed his 3rd loss of the season.

Springfield is at home this weekend against the Minnesota Magicians for a big three game series. Thursday and Friday’s games start at 7:05 pm and Saturday’s game starts at 6:05 pm.

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Brainin, Puricelli Earn Honorable Mentions

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud member of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are proud to announce that forwards Max Brainin (Buffalo Grove, IL) and Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) were named Honorable Mentions for the Midwest Division Star of the Week.

Brainin, who is in his second season here in the capital city, had two goals on the weekend and ended with a plus-1 rating. Brainin now has eight points on the season, four goals and four assists, which is good enough for third on the team. It was Brainin’s second two-goal performance in as many weekends as he scored twice against Topeka as well.

Puricelli is in his third campaign in Springfield and had two goals and an assist on the weekend. Puricelli currently leads the Jr. Blues with six goals and his 10 points are second most on the team. He has gotten on the scoresheet in all but two games this season, the season opener against the Maryland Black Bears and against Topeka on 10/6.

Springfield has now had at least one player be mentioned for Star of the Week three out of four possible weeks. The Schmidling brothers (St. Joseph, MO) in week one, none in week two, Nick Techel (Wausau, WI) and Brainin in week three, and now Brainin and Puricelli.

Jr. Blues Fail to Break Magicians Spell

Richfield, Minnesota – The Springfield Jr. Blues rallied in the 3rd period Saturday night against the Minnesota Magicians but fell short of the comeback, losing 5-4 in a shootout. Springfield’s record drops to 4-4-1-1 on the campaign and puts them in sole possession of 5th place in the Midwest Division.

Minnesota jumped out to an early lead in the 1st period as Isaac Henkmeyer-Howe scored just under three minutes into the game. Springfield would respond when Artjoms Lapiks (Riga, Latvia) scored his first goal of the season assisted by Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO).

Minnesota would dominate the 2nd period as they scored three goals. One goal from Henkmeyer-Howe, one from Matthew Stanton, and one from Cameron Buhl. Springfield’s lone 2nd period tally came from Puricelli under five minutes into the period, which at the time tied the game 2-2. Jayden Jensen (Marengo, IL) and Max Osborne (Anchorage, AK) assisted on Puricelli’s goal, but heading into the 2nd intermission Minnesota was in front 4-2.

It took an incredible 3rd period performance by Max Brainin (Buffalo Grove, IL) and Jack Williams (St. Louis, MO) to tie the game up at 4, as Brainin scored twice in the period and Williams stopped all 13 Magicians shots. The first goal occurred at the 4:29 mark of the period assisted by Lukas Zukauskas (Jonova, Lithuania) and Ben Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO). The second goal was unassisted right before the halfway mark of the period, and for the final 10 minutes the game was tied 4-4. 

But that was where the luck would run out for the boys in blue. Despite scoring chances in overtime and a lead in the shootout, Minnesota capitalized on back to back attempts to claim the victory. 

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