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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.

Springfield Sweeps and Clinches PLAYOFF Spot!

The Springfield Jr. Blues will be returning home from Alaska this week with reason to be excited to return to their home barn.

Springfield won all three of their games against the Kenai River Brown Bears over the weekend AND secured their spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2013 and for the first time under Coach Tyler Rennette.

Springfield will play at home March 30th and 31st against the Magicians. Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the office at 217-525-2589.

Springfield Breaks Fairbanks Ice Dogs Streak

The Springfield Jr. Blues took two out of four possible points this weekend when they broke the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 33-game point streak. Friday night Springfield won 5-3 over Fairbanks. It was Brandon Puricelli with two goals and two assists, along with two goals from Patrick Smyth, and one goal from Marcus Walter, which broke the Ice Dogs streak. Goalie Jurja Ovecka denied 26 goals to Fairbanks and picked up his 10th win of the year. On Saturday the Ice Dogs won with a final score of 6-1. Forward Max Brainin was the sole scoring player for Springfield.

The team took Sunday to rest and tour the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Today Springfield will travel to take on the Kenai River Brown Bears for a three-game set this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Springfield and ATI Foundation Team Up for Kids!

Springfield Jr. Blues Athletic Trainer, Devin Spears and ATI Physical Therapy are teaming up for the Klimb 4 Kids.

ATI Foundation, which supports children with physical disabilities, raised more than 1 million dollars to help children in 2017. This allowed the organization to reach more than 700 beneficiaries, supporting them with equipment not covered by insurance and financial assistance for medical services. In 2018, ATI Foundation set a goal to raise 2 million dollars and erase their waiting list of 100 children, while also allowing them to build a foundation for future children in need of the organization.

The Springfield ATI Physical Therapy group has asked each of their employees to raise $100.00. Spears, an employee of ATI, came to the Springfield Jr. Blues and asked how together we can reach this goal.

Team owner Dan Ferguson stepped up to the plate and has agreed to give 100% of the profit from the sale of the team throwback vintage logo t-shirts to the ATI Foundation on behalf of Spears.

Now through the end of March, all sales of these t-shirts will be donated to the ATI Foundation.

To purchase your team throwback t-shirt, call the office at 217-525-2589, or email Tina@JrBlues.com.

Weekend Preview – Springfield vs. Janesville Jets

The Springfield Jr. Blues won one of the three games in last weekend’s series against the Minnesota Magicians. All three games went to overtime, earning your Jr. Blues at least a point from each game!

Springfield is at home this weekend, facing the Janesville Jets. Springfield scores on the Power Play 27% of the time, while Janesville only finds the back of the net 19.6% of the time. This is Springfield’s 27th home game of the season, with a home record of 14-9-2-1.

This weekend is our 25th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, as well as Hockey Across America weekend! Friday night at Nelson Center will be our Throwback Jersey Night, and Saturday night will be our special Alumni Event! Be sure to call the office and secure your tickets to this special day!

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Janesville Jets

 

Tale Of The Tape:

 

Record: 30-10-3-2, 45 pts.

Goals Per Game: 2.84/Game (12th in NAHL)

Goals Against Average: 2.27/Game (5th in NAHL)

Scoring Leaders: Jakov Novak (42 GP,  25 G – 31 A – 56 Pts.), Kip Hoffmann  (45 GP,  18 G – 32 A – 50 Pts.), Tanner Polgaze (35 GP, 8 G – 20 A – 28 Pts.),

 

Forward To Watch:

 

Jakov NovakThe Janesville forward has 56 points so far this season, averaging over a point per game. He is already beating his 28 point total from last season. Six of his points come from Power Play goals, so Sprignfield will have to watch his ability to capitalize on the one man advantage.

Manning the Blue Line:

 

Carter EkbergThis blue liner has recorded 20 points this season, 16 of which are assists. Springfield will have to keep an eye on his two-way play, and limit his chances to set up assists.

Between The Pipes:

 

Garret Nieto:  This goalie hailing from sunny CA is 17-4-1-1 this season. His GAA is 2.05 and he has a save percentage of 0.929. He’s seeing significant improvement from his time last season with your very own Jr. Blues.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD JR. BLUES


Tale Of The Tape:

 

Record: 23-19-5-1, 48 pts.

Goals Per Game: 2.81 /Game (14th in NAHL)

Goals Against Average: 2.88/Game (10th in NAHL)

Top Scorers: Ethan Stewart (48 GP,  17 G – 19 A – 36 Pts.), Nikita Kozyrev (46 GP,  13 G – 22 A – 35 Pts.),  Jeff Skinner (39 GP,  15 G – 18  A – 33 Pts.)

 

Forward To Watch:

Ethan Stewart Springfield forward Ethan Stewart logged 20 points last season with the Kenai River Brown Bears, and already has 36 points this season for Springfield. He has scored six power play goals and one game winning goal this season. He will look to continue his momentum this weekend against the Janesville Jets!

 

Manning The Blue Line:

Chase Mickelson: This blueliner put up 3 goals – including one power play goal, plus 11 assists so far this season. He is on pace to match, or even exceed, his 20 points from last season.

 

Between The Pipes:

Evan Fear: Goaltender Evan Fear sports a save percentage of .922 this season, with 2.63 GAA. He is 12-10 so far this season for the Springfield Jr. Blues, and he will look to stay hot this weekend!

Game Recap – Springfield WINS!

Your Springfield Jr. Blues came away with an overtime win tonight against the Minnesota Magicians, making them 1-1 in the three-game home stand thus far. We have one more game against the Magicians tomorrow night at 6:05 PM!

 

The first period started with the Magicians tallying at 4:24, with the rest of the period staying quiet. We ended the period with a score of 1-0.

 

The second period opened with a power play goal by Max Brainin with an assist from Shultz and Walter, tying the game at 1-1. Springfield struck again at 8:02 of the period, with a goal from Captain Fletcher Fineman, assists from Brainin and Swanson. The Magicians tied things back up at 14: 36, making the score 2-2 to end the period.

 

The third period was quiet, with the score remaining at 2-2 until the end, sending us into overtime. The overtime goal went to Brandon Puricelli, with assists from Kozyrev and Fineman, winning the game for your Springfield Jr. Blues!

Weekend Preview

Your Springfield Jr. Blues will return from a two game series against the Coulee Region Chill. This Saturday night will be Family Night at the Nelson Center. Tickets are $40 for a family of four, including a hot dog and soda for each person!

 

Tales of the Tape: Kenai River Brown Bears

12-25-1-2 | 40 GP | GAA: 4.03 | GFA: 2.70 | Top Scorers: Luke Radetic (G – 21, A – 18, Pts. – 39, GP – 40); Gil Garcia (G – 16, A – 11, Pts. – 27, GP – 40); Cameron McDonald (G – 1, A – 26, Pts. – 27, GP – 39)

 

Offense to Watch:

Luke Radetic – This Kenai River forward has 21 goals this season, including 8 power play goals. The high scorer also logs regular assists, setting his teammates up for scoring chances regularly! Springfield will have to work to limit his chances.

 

Manning the Blue Line:

Cameron McDonald – This d-man may not find the back of the net often, but he has a whopping 26 assists so far this season. Springfield will have to work to limit his offensive chances.

 

Between the Posts:

Arthur Pavliukov – The goalie has played 979 minutes this season and holds a record of 5-11-0-0. Springfield shouldn’t underestimate him when they face him this Saturday!

 

Tales of the Tape: Springfield Jr. Blues

19-16-3-2 | 38 GP | GAA: 2.89 | GFA: 2.79 | Top Scorers: Jeff Skinner (G – 15, A – 18, Pts. – 33, GP – 36); Ethan Stewart (G – 14, A – 16, Pts. – 30, GP – 38); Nikita Kozyrev (G – 12, A – 15, Pts. – 27, GP – 37)

 

Offense to Watch:

Jeff Skinner – The Springfield forward has totaled 33 points this season, pretty evenly split between goals and assists. He will look to continue his offensive contributions this weekend!

 

Manning the Blue Line:

Jordan Muzzillo – This blue liner has 22 points this season, and will look to continue his impressive two way play this weekend against the Brown Bears!

 

Between the Posts:

Evan Fear – the netminder has played 985 minutes this season, and sports a record of 8-7-2-0. He will look to stay sharp against Kenai River!

Weekend Preview: Janesville Jets at Springfield Jr. Blues

Janesville Jets at Springfield Jr. Blues | January 27th | The Nelson Center

 

RECAP & PREVIEW

 

The Springfield Jr. Blues dropped last weekend’s away series against the Topeka RoadRunners.

Springfield is at home this Saturday, facing the Janesville Jets. This is the third time this month they have met the Jets, having dropped the last two series.

Saturday night at Nelson Center will be our Military Appreci, with $5 to anyone with Military ID! We will also be starting our Hero of the Game promotion, honoring a local hero!

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Janesville Jets

 

Tale Of The Tape:

 

Record: 24-9-2-0, 26 pts.

Goals Per Game: 2.97/Game (9th in NAHL)

Goals Against Average: 2.49/Game (5th in NAHL)

Scoring Leaders: Jakov Novak (32 GP,  19 G – 27 A – 46 Pts.), Kip Hoffmann  (45 GP,  13 G- 25 A – 38 Pts.), Tanner Polgaze (35 GP, 6 G – 16 A – 22 Pts.),

 

Forward To Watch:

 

Jakov NovakThe Janesville forward has 46 points so far this season, averaging over a point per game. He is already beating his 28 point total from last season. Five of his points come from Power Play goals, so Sprignfield will have to watch his ability to capitalize on the one man advantage.

Manning the Blue Line:

 

Carter EkbergThis blue liner has recorded 13 points this season, 9 of which are assists. Springfield will have to keep an eye on his two-way play, and limit his chances to set up assists.

Between The Pipes:

 

Garret Nieto:  This goalie hailing from sunny CA is 14-3-0-2 this season. His GAA is 2.20 and he has a save percentage of 0.924. He’s seeing significant improvement from his time last season with your very own Jr. Blues.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD JR. BLUES


Tale Of The Tape:

 

Record: 18-15-3-1,

Goals Per Game: 2.86 /Game (13th in NAHL)

Goals Against Average: 2.89/Game (10th in NAHL)

Top Scorers: Jeff Skinner (35 GP,  15 G- 18 A – 33 Pts.), Ethan Stewart (37 GP,  14 G – 16 A – 30 Pts.),  Nikita Kozyrev (36 GP,  12 G – 15  A – 27 Pts.)

 

Forward To Watch:

Nikita Kozyrev Springfield forward Nikita Kozyrev logged 22 points last season with the Minnesota Magicians, and already has 36 points this season for Springfield. He has scored one power play goal and one game winning goal this season. He will look to continue his momentum this weekend against the Janesville Jets

 

Manning The Blue Line:

Ethan Stewart: This blueliner put up 14 goals – including five power play goals and one game winning goal, plus 16 assists so far this season. His two way play and ability to contribute offensively is unparalleled. He is the second highest scorer on the team, and will look to continue to log points against the Jets!

 

Between The Pipes:

Jurja Ovecka: Goaltender Jurja Ovecka, recently announced contender for the 2018 NHL Draft, sports a save percentage of .929 this season, with 2.50 GAA. He is 8-5 so far this season for the Springfield Jr. Blues, and he will look to stay hot this weekend!