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Jr. Blues Win Friday, Lose in OT on Saturday

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues split their series with the Shreveport Mudbugs this past weekend, winning on Friday night and losing in overtime on Saturday. 

On Friday night it was the Ryan Wilson show as the rookie netminder stopped all 37 shots that Shreveport sent his way en route to a 1-0 victory. The lone goal of the contest occurred just under six minutes into the 2nd period when Danila Larionovs picked up his 3rd goal of the season on a feed from Trent DeNuccio and Wilson. 

Friday night’s victory was the 2nd shutout for Wilson on the season as he previously blanked the Corpus Christi IceRays 1-0 at the NAHL Showcase and was his 3rd win overall. 

Saturday night began the right way for the Jr. Blues as they racked up a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period on goals by Giovanni Carabelli and Adisen Brueck. Trent DeNuccio, Daniel Holmkvist, Hunter Longhi, and Jackson Salt all picked up assists. Things looked pretty bleak for the Mudbugs after they took back-to-back major penalties in the 3rd period, but a shorthanded goal from Warren Natyshak proved to be the spark that Shreveport needed. 

Alexis Girard tied the game up with just over two minutes left in regulation and sent the game to overtime. Matt Weber tucked a shot by Wilson two minutes into the extra frame to give the Mudbugs the victory and avoid the sweep.  

By the Numbers:

A Strong Start – Danila Larionovs has played in 8 games this year for the Jr. Blues and has 3 goals and 2 assists. With his goal Friday he had scored in three straight games and is currently tied for second on the team in scoring with 5 points (Adisen Brueck – 5; Caden Villegas – 6). 

Reliable in Net – Ryan Wilson sits with a 3-1-1 record, a 2.04 GAA and .934 SV% through 5 starts to begin the regular season, including two shutouts. Behind Wilson, Alex Proctor is currently 1-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .929 SV%. Wilson is tied for the league lead in shutouts, while Proctor is in the top 20 in both goals against and save percentage (out of 69 goalies in the league). 

Special Teams – The Jr. Blues penalty kill has done well to this point in the season. With an 89.3% penalty kill percentage the Jr. Blues PK team is 2nd best in the division and 8th best in the league. However, the power play unit, which sits at 6.7%, is currently last in the division and 2nd to last in the league.  

Up Next:

The Jr. Blues will hit the road for the first time this season as they travel up to Chippewa Falls, WI this weekend for a two game series with the Chippewa Steel. Last year the Jr. Blues and Steel didn’t meet until March where they played eight straight games against each other. Both Friday and Saturday’s contest will kick off at 7:10 pm and can be watched live on HockeyTV. 

Jr. Blues Fall 3-2 in Opener

Blaine, Minnesota – Despite several surges and multiple tying goals, the Springfield Jr. Blues were unable to overcome the Minot Minotauros last night losing 3-2. Giovanni Carabelli and Jackson Salt each scored for the Jr. Blues while Ryan Wilson got the start in net, stopping 16 of 19 shots. 

Minot would grab the lead early on a rebound goal by defenseman Sam Skinner. However,  Springfield would answer back just three minutes later when Carabelli scored his first of the season with assists credited to Cam Cervone and Brett Morich. The game would remain 1-1 for another 10 minutes until Braeden Bartoo slid a bouncing puck past Wilson to give the Minotauros a 2-1 edge. 

Before the Minotauros could relax into a rhythm, Salt would score on a shot from the point that stayed on the ice through traffic. Caden Villegas and Max Osborne would pick up the assists on the power play goal, the first of the season for the Jr. Blues. Heading into the 1st intermission the game was tied 2-2 and had all the makings of a high scoring contest. 

Ville Immonen tallied a power play goal for the Minotauros just past the halfway mark of the 2nd period to give Minot a 3-2 lead and their third lead of the contest. However, that would be all the offense either side would put up as Wilson and his counterpart Ben Garrity both slammed the door shut in the final period. Despite a last second rush by Danila Larionovs, the Jr. Blues were unable to complete the comeback and fell 3-2.

By the Numbers:

Switching It Up – Giovanni Carabelli will be sporting #19 this season after wearing #26 last year. In his first game with the new number, Carabelli scored the Jr. Blues first goal of the season. 

Bad Opening Games – With last night’s loss to Minot the Jr. Blues are now 3-7 in opening games of the NAHL Showcase going back to the 2010-11 season including losing two straight and four of the last five. 

Good Second Games – While the Jr. Blues first games are rocky, we have been much better on day two. The record shows 5-4 since 2010-11, but we’ve won the last four games on day two and five of the last six.  

Coming Up Next:

The Jr. Blues will look to rebound against the Minnesota Wilderness this afternoon at 2:00 pm. The last matchup between these two teams came back in December 2017, the Jr. Blues won that game 5-2. Catch all of the action LIVE on HockeyTV, and make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for in-game updates and player news!