Blaine, Minnesota – The Springfield Jr. Blues kicked off Day 2 at the 2019 NAHL Showcase with an afternoon matchup against the Minnesota Wilderness. While the first half of the game remained close, the Wilderness pulled away in the later half of the game to win 5-1.
For the Jr. Blues, Max Osborne picked up his first goal of the season :27 into the 2nd period to tie the game 1-1. Assists on the goal were credited to Aaron Shaw and Jayden Jensen, their first points of the regular season. Henry Graham got the start in net for the Jr. Blues, stopping 13/18 shots that he faced in the contest.
By the Numbers:
Showcase Record – With the loss against the Wilderness the Jr. Blues have now dropped the first two games of the NAHL Showcase for the first time since the 2012-13 season. The Jr. Blues finished that year’s showcase 1-3.
New Faces – Adisen Brueck donned #25 yesterday in his first action with the Jr. Blues since joining the team this week. Brueck, a Plantation, FL native, had been tendered by the Jr. Blues last season but had been battling for a spot on the Madison Capitols roster.
Incorrectly Listed – Here are the correct numbers for players at the showcase: Bobby Burns #2, Jackson Salt #4, Noah Marino #5, Cam Cervone #7, Quinton Murphy #14, Spencer Silver #15, Henry Graham #30. We hope the clarification will help to alleviate any confusion in the discrepancy between our score sheet and what is posted on the league website.
The Jr. Blues face-off with the New Jersey Titans this morning at 11:00 am CT. The Titans are currently undefeated thus far while we are still searching for our first regular season win. Catch all of the action on HockeyTV, or if you’re at work and unable to watch the game, follow us on Twitter for in-game updates and player news!
Richfield, Minnesota – The Springfield Jr. Blues fell to the Minnesota Magicians 3-2 on Saturday night. Ryan Murray and Nikita Kozyrev scored for the Jr. Blues while Janis Voris stopped 24 of 27 shots in just his second loss of the season. The loss drops the Jr. Blues into 4th place in the division, and puts their record for the season at 22-17-3-1.
The Magicians scored the first three goals of the game to give them a 3-0 lead early in the 2nd period. The lead was Minnesota’s first lead of the weekend and proved to be too much for the Jr. Blues to overcome. Kozyrev tallied his 7th of the season with five seconds left in the period to trim the lead to 3-1 heading into the 2nd intermission.
That score would stand until the 14:14 mark of the 3rd period when Ryan Murray would score his first of the season to cut the deficit to just one goal. Despite a flurry of activity late, the Jr. Blues would not be able to complete the comeback and lost by the score of 3-2. Jayden Jensen, Nick Techel, and Max Brainin each had an assist in the game as well.
The loss, accompanied by the Janesville Jets win, pushed the Jr. Blues back down to 4th place in the division. Springfield sits two points behind Janesville for 3rd place, and five points behind the Fairbanks Ice Dogs for 2nd place. The Jr. Blues will head to Janesville, WI this weekend for a third crack at overtaking the Jets for 3rd place.
Soldotna, Alaska – Janis Voris won his 4th game with the Springfield Jr. Blues on Saturday night in a 2-1 victory over the Kenai River Brown Bears. Nikita Kozyrev stayed hot with his 6th goal of the season, and Aaron Swanson extended his point streak to 7 games. The Jr. Blues are in 4th place with a 18-15-2-1 record and are now only three points behind the Janesville Jets.
Swanson scored his 6th goal with Springfield a quarter of the way through the 2nd period to give the Jr. Blues a 1-0 lead. Just a minute and a half later, Kozyrev would extend the lead to 2-0. The Brown Bears would break up Voris’ shut out bid with :11 left in regulation, and the final score would be 2-1.
Voris stopped 23 of 24 shots in his second consecutive start, and his third start on the road trip. Brandon Puricelli, Jayden Jensen, and Max Brainin each had an assists in the victory.