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Jr. Blues Rally Late, Come Up Short

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues late rally came up short against the Topeka Pilots last night and Topeka won 5-4. The Jr. Blues now sit at 3-3-1-0 and remain in 4th in the Midwest Division.

Springfield opened the scoring on Nick Techel (Wausau, WI) second of the season with :07 left in the 1st period to head into the 1st intermission leading 1-0. The 2nd period saw four unanswered goals by Topeka in 10 minutes to shift momentum completely in their favor.

The 3rd period started similarly to the 2nd as Topeka padded their lead just :20 into the frame to make it 5-1. But the Jr. Blues refused to roll over for the 1st place Pilots as they scored three goals in 1:11 to bring the game within one, 5-4. But that was all the offense the Jr. Blues could muster as Topeka held off the rally to claim the victory.

Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) extended his point streak to six games, Giovanni Carabelli (Shelby Township, MI) scored his third goal of the year, Jonathan Panisa (Irvine, CA) scored his second goal in a Jr. Blues jersey, and Techel added a second goal in the 3rd period to give him two on the evening and three on the year.

Tonight’s game will be our Scheels Family Night, Scheels will be in attendance to hand out coupons and a Family Fun Pack Giveaway. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and puck drop is at 6:00 p.m.

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Jr. Blues Knock Off Brown Bears

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues knocked off the Kenai River Brown Bears on Saturday night, 3-2. The Jr. Blues took three out of four possible points on the weekend and currently sit in 4th in the Midwest Division with a 3-2-1-0 record.

Giovanni Carabelli (Shelby Township, MI) started the scoring off in the 1st period with his second goal of the season and gave the Jr. Blues a 1-0 lead heading into the first break. Jonathan Panisa (Irvine, CA) scored his first NAHL goal in the 2nd period in just his second game with the team to put the Jr. Blues back on top, 2-1. 

Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) extended his point streak to five games and scored the would be game winning goal on the power play to extend the lead to 3-1 heading into the 2nd intermission. Caden Villegas (Plano, TX) recorded his first point as part of the Jr. Blues and Nikita Kozyrev (Tallinn, Estonia) notched his fifth assist of the season during the game.

Kenai River scored once in the 2nd period and again in the 3rd period to draw the game close, but Jack Williams (St. Louis, MO) shut the door on any ideas of a comeback to pick up his second win of the season. Williams stopped 27 of 29 shots including an outstanding save on a Brown Bears player who had walked in all alone on a breakaway in the 1st period.

The power play scored for the fourth straight game for the Jr. Blues and their sixth goal already on the season. To this point, the Jr. Blues have scored a power play goal in every game except one game during the showcase and look to add to the momentum this weekend against the Topeka Pilots.

Friday night’s game starts at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday night’s game starts at 6:05 p.m. Topeka currently sits tied for 1st in the South Division but are coming off being swept by the Amarillo Bulls over the weekend.

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2018-19 Opening Weekend Celebration

Springfield, Illinois – The 2018-19 home schedule for the Springfield Jr. Blues kicks off this weekend as the boys in blue battle the Kenai River Brown Bears. The Jr. Blues sport a 2-2-0-0 record heading into the weekend, while the Brown Bears currently sit atop the Midwest Division at 4-2-0-0.

The Jr. Blues are led by twin brothers Ben and David Schmidling of St. Joseph, MO who both currently have five points on the season. Returning forwards Max Brainin, Brandon Puricelli, and Nikita Kozyrev all have three points themselves to help pace the team offensively. Between the pipes Jack Williams has a 1-1-0-0 record to this point and has already committed to Michigan State University to play college hockey. Rookies Ryan Reid and Braden Stewart showed well in Blaine, Minnesota during the showcase and look to continue building on that momentum this weekend.

Friday night will be the first home game at the Nelson Center this season and adult tickets will be $6 at the door, or two for $10. There will be a happy hour before the game, starting when doors open at 6 p.m. and lasting until 6:45 p.m, Coors Light drafts will be $1 and Blue Moon drafts will be $2.

Saturday night will be the first Kids Club game this season, kids will be able to sign up for the Kids Club at the game Friday night. The fee for Kids Club is $20 and includes admission vouchers for all Kids Club games, two buddy passes, free post game skate rentals, a special Jr. Blues gift for each member, and an invitation to a Kids Club only party during the season. After the game there will be a post game skate where fans can interact with and meet the players. 

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Jr. Blues Earn First Victory Against the Generals

The Springfield Jr. Blues played their second game of the NAHL Showcase last night and bounced back with a 3-1 win over the Northeast Generals. The Jr. Blues were led by Ben Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO) offensively and a stellar performance between the pipes by Caleb Hannon (Buffalo, NY).

It was a quiet first period on the score sheet from both teams despite 13 shots by the Jr. Blues. The Generals had three 1st period power play opportunities but were unable to capitalize on any of them and heading into the first break the game was even, 0-0.

Reminiscent of Wednesday night’s game, an offensive breakout in the second period by the Jr. Blues proved to be too much for the Generals to handle. Just 1:11 into the second frame Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) put the Jr. Blues in the driver seat and set the tone for the remainder of the period. The Schmidling brothers, Ben and David (St. Joseph, MO), both had assists on the Puricelli goal. The Jr. Blues would add to the lead just under four minutes later when Ben Schmidling notched his second goal of the season with assists from David Schmidling and Max Brainin (Buffalo Grove, IL). A third tally with 6:22 left in the period again by Ben Schmidling put the Jr. Blues up 3-0, the goal was assisted by David Schmidling and Max Brainin. The boys in blue put up 21 shots in the 2nd period and 43 throughout the game.

The 3rd period was a much better effort by the Northeast Generals as they were able to break up the shut out for Caleb Hannon with a goal by Aurel Naus just over five minutes into the period. But that would be all the offense that the Generals could muster, and the Jr. Blues held on for the 3-1 win.

Hannon finished with 32 saves and helped the Jr. Blues earn their first victory of the campaign. Ben Schmidling was on fire scoring two goals and adding an assist for three points on the evening. Not to be outdone by his brother, David Schmidling had three assists and both were plus-3 on the evening. The pair currently lead the team in points with four points apiece through two games. 

The Jr. Blues look to continue their winning ways this afternoon against the Odessa Jackalopes at 1:30 p.m. Odessa is coming off a huge comeback yesterday against the New Jersey Titans where they scored four 3rd period goals including three within two minutes to raise their record to 2-2-0-1. The last meeting between the Jr. Blues and Odessa took place at the 2015 NAHL Showcase where Odessa beat the Jr. Blues 5-1.

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Jr. Blues Fall to the Black Bears

The Springfield Jr. Blues opened up the 2018-19 campaign against the expansion Maryland Black Bears last night in a losing effort 4-3.

The Jr. Blues started off hot in the first period with two goals within 12 seconds to take an early 2-0 lead. Ben Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO) scored on the power play with 3:31 left in the first period. Assisting on the goal were David Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO) and Ryan Reid (Phoenix, AZ). Just moments later, Giovanni Carabelli (Shelby Township, MI) scored an even strength goal to increase the lead to two. The goal was assisted by Cade Groton (Ashburn, VA) and Braden Stewart (East Peoria, IL).

But the Black Bears weren’t down for the count, and stormed back in the second period with three goals in eight minutes to take a 3-2 lead. Maryland had goals from Connor Pooley (2) and Luc Salem. The Jr. Blues would answer with an unassisted tally after the halfway mark of the second frame from defensemen Ryan Reid to tie the game up 3-3. Late in the period, however,  Maryland forward Luke Posner beat rookie Jr. Blues goalie Jack Williams (St. Louis, MO) to take the lead back heading into the third.

The third period was scoreless despite six shots on goal by the Jr. Blues and the game ended 4-3 in favor of Maryland. Both teams finished the evening going 1-4 on the power play. Maryland had 20 shots on goal, and the Jr. Blues had 18. The victory was the first NAHL victory for the Black Bears organization, and raised their record to 1-1-1. The loss starts the Jr. Blues off in the loss column as their record is 0-1-0.

The Jr. Blues will battle it out with the Northeast Generals tonight at 8:00 p.m. You can catch the action live on HockeyTV and make sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for live in-game updates and player news.

Springfield Jr. Blues Host Hockey Camp

The Springfield Jr. Blues hosted a hockey camp this week for children ages 9-18 at The Nelson Center.

Springfield Assistant Coach, Josh Dallmann, and Learn to Skate Coordinator and Power Hockey Instructor Jenn Fortin teamed up to teach the children for several hours each day. The instructors worked on and off the ice.

On-ice time included working on passing, shooting, stick handling, puck handling, skating, and hockey skills.

Off-ice, the teams worked on plyometrics, stick handling, and explosion training.

The coaches were assisted by Springfield Jr. Blues players, Sam Sterne and Sam Swanson for the week! 

NAHL Showcase Schedule Released

The NAHL has released the 16th annual Showcase schedule for 2018. The Showcase is held September 19-22nd at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.

All 24 of the NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase, which has been called the ‘Greatest Show on Ice.’

The schedule for the Springfield Jr. Blues is as follows:

Wednesday, September 19th: @ 7:30 pm (CST) against Maryland Black Bears

Thursday, September 20th: @ 8:00 pm (CST) against Northeast Generals

Friday, September 21st: @ 1:30 pm (CST) against Odessa Jackalopes

Saturday, September 22nd: @ 1:00 pm (CST) against Johnstown Tomahawks

All 48 NAHL Showcase games will be broadcast live and in HD through HockeyTV, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL.

Springfield Announces Pre-Season Games

The Springfield Jr. Blues have announced their much-anticipated pre-season schedule for the 2018-2019 season.

The Shreveport Mudbugs, the 2018 Robertson Cup winners, will play on Springfield’s home ice September 7th and 8th, during the pre-season. Friday September 7th, the game will start at 7:05, with the puck dropping at 6:05 on Saturday the 8th.

The Shreveport Mudbugs are part of the NAHL South Division, and do not usually meet with Springfield during the regular season.

Springfield will visit Shreveport first, with games over Labor Day weekend on Shreveport’s home ice.

The Springfield Jr. Blues will also play the University of Illinois hockey team on Saturday, September 15th at 6:05, giving fans an extra game this pre-season. The official season opens for Springfield at home on September 28th.

Tickets for all pre-season games will be just $5.00 at the door each night, for all fans.

NAHL sets another new single-season NCAA commitment record

The National American Hockey League (NAHL) announced today the league has broken another record. For the fifth straight year, the NAHL has increased its number of NCAA commitments for players moving on to college to continue to play hockey.

During the 2017-2018 hockey season, 312 commitments (and counting) were made to play NCAA college hockey. This number has increased from 305 the year before.

Of the current 312 commitments this past season, 14 of them were Springfield Jr. Blues players or recent alumni.

“I think the thing that stands out is that our commitment numbers continue to rise because the level of play and talent
getting better each season,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “There is a better and more
balanced level of competition because the players are being educated and trained at a higher level. There also been a
collective effort and commitment by our owners and coaches to really emphasize and place a priority on player
development and advancement.”

The NAHL continues to be a premier developmental league, with players going on to play NCAA hockey, and even move to the ECHL, AHL, and NHL.

 

2018 Main Camp Preview

The Springfield Jr. Blues will host its annual Main Camp this weekend, July 13-15. Main Camp is open to the public and free to view!

Springfield has invited over 120 players to try out at camp and will have games running all weekend.

Games begin on Friday at noon, run all day Saturday, with a final All-Star game on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

From this weekend, Springfield will pick a 30-man protected list of players to bring back in late August for practice.

Springfield will host an equipment sale on Saturday from 10-12 in Locker Room A.