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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.

Weekend Preview – Springfield at Chill

This weekend the Springfield Jr Blues will be hosted by the Coulee Region Chill in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The teams will play, Friday and Saturday evening before Springfield practices at home and then heads out to Janesville next weekend to start the playoffs.

*Please note the Official Road Game Watch Party at Cooper’s AlleySide for all away games.*

Be sure to mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st  (April 21st will only be played if necessary). Your Springfield Jr. Blues are home for their first home-stand of the post season. Be sure to come out on Friday for Happy Hour with $1. Coors Lite drafts from 5:45 until 6:45, $2 Blue Moon, a live band, and the puck drop at 7:05.

Saturday (if necessary) the guys are back in action with the doors opening at 5:05 and a puck drop at 6:05.

Coulee Region Chill

Tale Of The Tape:

Record: 58-17-34-4,43 Pts. (5th in Midwest)

Scoring Leaders: Nick Bowman (52 GP,  24 G – 24 A – 48 Pts.) Andrew McGlynn (55 GP,  13 G- 27 A – 40 Pts.) Brandon Koch (57 GP, 6 G – 24 A – 40 Pts.),

Player To Watch:

Brandon Koch: Koch has earned 40 points this season, 34 of which are assists. With six goals, Springfield will have to keep an eye on his play and limit his chances to set up scoring.

Between The Pipes:

Emil Zetterquist:  The Coulee goalie is 14-19 so far this season. He sports a save percentage of 0.916 and a GAA of 3.08.

 

SPRINGFIELD JR. BLUES

Tale Of The Tape:

Record: 58-31-21-5-1, 56 Pts. (3rd in Midwest)

Top Scorers: Ethan Stewart (58 GP, 17 G- 25 A -42 Pts.), Nikita Kozyrev (55 GP, 14 G- 24 A -38 Pts.), Max Branin (55 GP,  15 G- 22 A -38 Pts.)

Forward To Watch:

Marcus Walter Springfield forward Marcus Walter has logged 21 points this season with Springfield. He has 5 goals and 16 assists. He has one power play goal, nine power play assists, and one game winning goal.

Manning The Blue Line:
Nikita Kozyrev
 Springfield defenseman Nikita Kozyrev has logged 38 points this season, with 14 goals and 24 assists. He has two power play goals, 10 power play assists, one game winning goal, and FIVE shoot out goals, more than anyone else on the team.

Between The Pipes:
Evan Fear: Goaltender Evan Fear sports a save percentage of .929 this season, with 2.41 GAA. His shootout save percentage is 0.923. He is 18-11 so far this season for the Springfield Jr. Blues, and he will look to stay hot this weekend!

 

 

Here is the schedule for this round of playoffs between Janesville and Springfield:

#2 Janesville Jets vs. #3 Springfield Jr. Blues

Game 1: Friday, April 13 @ Janesville, 7:00pm

Game 2: Saturday, April 14 @ Janesville, 7:00pm

Game 3: Friday, April 20 @ Springfield, 7:05pm

Game 4: Saturday, April 21 @ Springfield, 6:05pm*

Game 5: Monday, April 23 @ Janesville, 6:00pm*

*if necessary

Springfield Graduates 7 Players

The Springfield Jr. Blues honored each of their graduating players during the final home game of the regular season March 31st, before the team heads to the post-season. Springfield has 7 players leaving after the playoffs.

#7 Chase Mickelson: Chase has been a part of the Jr. Blues for two seasons collecting 39 points in 100 games. Chase is currently exploring many college offers for next season. #24 Ethan Stewart: This is Ethan’s first season with the Jr. Blues as a 20-year-old. He has collected 42 points in 57 games this season and 3 goals in 2 games at the top prospects tournament. He is currently exploring many NCAA division 1 offers for next season.
#14 Dylan Rauh: Dylan was acquired in a trade with Topeka at the deadline this season. He has collected 8 points in 20 games since joining the team. He is currently exploring NCAA opportunities for next season. #15 Fabio Hollenstein: Fabio is one of our 4 import players and has played 2 seasons with the Jr. Blues. He has collected 64 points in 108 games with the team. He is currently exploring college opportunities for next season.
.#3 Jordan Muzzillo: Jordan is in his second season with the Jr. Blues. The native of Capron, IL has collected 49 points in 110 games with the Jr. Blues. Jordan has committed to play hockey and further his education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks next season. # 44 Fletcher Fineman: The team captain is in his second season with the Jr. Blues. The Lakeworth, FL native has collected 24 points in 106 games with team. Fletcher will be attending Union College next fall to play NCAA division 1 hockey.
#16 Nick Schultze: Nice was acquired with Dylan Rauh in a trade with Topeka at the deadline. Nick has collected 13 points in 20 games since joining the Jr. Blues. Nick will be attending Tufts University next season to continue his education and hockey career.

 

The team has two more regular season games to play against the Coulee Region Chill this weekend, before the start of the post season. While the coaches and team will miss the graduating players, we wish them the best and know they will all be successful in everything they do!

Weekend Preview – Minnesota at Springfield 3/30-31

RECAP & PREVIEW

 

The Springfield Jr. Blues won Wednesday against the Janesville Jets, after a long stretch of away games, your Springfield Jr. Blues are ready to be back in action at the Nelson Center.

Springfield is at home all weekend, facing the Minnesota Magicians for our last home stand of the regular season. This is the sixth time they have met the Magicians this season. Springfield and the Magicians have been battling for third place in the standings for the last few weeks, and this game series could determine final standings before playoffs.

Friday night at Nelson Center will be our Fan Appreciation Night and Billet Family night. Come out for some fun giveaways and to celebrate our team! Saturday night is our Jump Rope for Heart night! This is our last home-stand for the regular season, so be sure to come out and see your Springfield Jr. Blues in action.

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Minnesota Magicians

 

Tale Of The Tape:

 

Record: 27-21-5-2, 55 Pts. (4th in Midwest)

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

Goals Against Average: 3.05/Game (14th in NAHL)

Scoring Leaders: Jarett Lee (53 GP,  12 G – 26 A – 38 Pts.), Kyler Grundy (54 GP,  12 G – 20 A – 32 Pts.), Brendan Skarda (55 GP, 12 G – 18 A – 30 Pts.),

 

Forward To Watch:

 

Jarrett LeeThe Magicians forward has 38 points so far this season, averaging just under one point per game. He is already far exceeding his points from last season, also with the Magicians. He has three game winning goals as well as three power play goals, so Springfield will have to be aware of his ability to capitalize when it matters most for his team.

Manning the Blue Line:

 

Matt DenmanThis blue liner has recorded 21 points this season, 19 of which are assists. Springfield will have to keep an eye on his two-way play, and limit his chances to set up scoring chances

Between The Pipes:

 

Isaiah Saville:  The Anchorage native 20-12-3-0 this season, with a goals against average of 2.54. He also sports a save percentage of 0.922.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD JR. BLUES


Tale Of The Tape:

 

Record: 28-21-5-1, 55 Pts. (3rd in Midwest)

Goals Per Game: 2.85/Game (11th in NAHL)

Goals Against Average: 2.89/Game (11th in NAHL)

Top Scorers: Ethan Stewart (55 GP,  17 G – 24 A – 41 Pts.), Nikita Kozyrev (52 GP,  14 G – 24 A – 38 Pts.),  Max Brainin (52 GP,  15 G – 21 A – 36 Pts.)

 

Forward To Watch:

Ethan Stewart The Springfield forward leads his team in points this season with 17 goals and 24 assits. He has scored six power play goal and one game winning goal this season. He will look to continue his momentum this weekend against the Magicians.

 

Manning The Blue Line:

Ryan Murray: The defenseman started the season with the Minnesota Wilderness, where he logged 2 assists. Since his trade to Springfield, he has added one more assist to that total.

 

Between The Pipes:

Jurja Ovecka: Goaltender Jurja Ovecka sports a save percentage of .924 this season, with 2.65 GAA. He is 11-6 so far this season for the Springfield Jr. Blues, and he will look to stay hot this weekend!

Hope’s Night at the Rink Fundraiser

The Springfield Jr. Blues are excited to partner with The Hope Institute for Vision for Hope‘s Night at the Rink on Friday, March 30th, beginning at 6PM, in the Franklin Room at the The Nelson Center! Hope Institute is hosting a party while the Springfield Jr. Blues play the Minnesota Magicians, with plenty of fun planned throughout the evening!

Ticket purchase includes:
-Free food and soda
-Access to cash bar
-Live entertainment by The Deep Hollow
-Entry to Springfield Jr. Blues home game
-Information about Hope

50% of pre-purchased ticket proceeds benefit Hope!

Tickets for this event are $10 and can be purchased several ways:

CALL: (217) 585-5178 (Mon-Fri 8am – 4pm)

EMAIL: communicatinghope@hope.us

VISIT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES:
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Central Illinois Ace Hardware
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Staff Carpet
Pizza Ranch
Renken Dentistry

About The Hope Institute:

The year was 1957 when The Hope School opened its doors in a modest house in Springfield. Hope’s founders Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Jordan had searched the world for a place to educate their daughter who had multiple disabilities. They wanted Judith Ann to have the chance to reach her full potential, but no school in the United States could serve her. So the Jordans created a school. They created Hope. The Jordans had a vision and took action. The Hope School brought hope to many families who also were searching for community services.

Hope gained the attention of President John F. Kennedy and ignited change in disability policy and services throughout the United States. President Kennedy named Dr. Jordan to the President’s Council on Disabilities and other governmental councils, where Dr. Jordan helped shape a new reality for children and adults living with disabilities. At about the same time, the Special Olympics were founded in Chicago. Illinois was the forefront of change and The Hope School was squarely at its center. The Hope School emerged as a provider of educational and residential services. It became a place where children facing extraordinary cognitive, physical and emotional challenges could learn and thrive.

Today Hope has become more than a school. It is leading the development of new methods to educate, treat and care for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities.

Celebrating Students and Jump Rope for Heart

The Springfield Jr. Blues are excited to announce their upcoming home game on March 31st featuring Jump Rope for Heart participants. Students from around the Springfield area raised money for the American Heart Association (AHA). The Springfield Jr. Blues, in an effort to support the community and area schools, are offering FREE tickets to students who participated and raised at least $50.00.

If a student raised $50.00 or more for the AHA during Jump Rope for Heart (or Hoops for Heart) at their school, they will receive a FREE ticket to the Saturday, March 31st, 2018 Springfield Jr. Blues game!

Students who raised $100 or more will get a FREE ticket, be recognized on the ice during an intermission, have their photo taken on ice, and be entered to win a Springfield Jr. Blues Prize Package including tickets and merchandise.

The TOP overall fundraiser in attendance will get to drop the Ceremonial Puck at the beginning of the game AND keep the puck!

If your student participated in Jump Rope for Heart, or Hoops for Heart, check with their teacher for the form. Forms should be submitted by mail to the Springfield Jr. Blues office by Friday March 23rd. All tickets will be at Will-Call the night of the game!

On game night, the doors will open at 5:05 pm, warm-ups will start at 5:30 pm, and the puck will drop at 6:05 pm. Be sure to get your tickets NOW for the final regular season game, before Springfield heads to the PLAYOFFS!

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.

Weekend Recap

Your Springfield Jr. Blues came away with a loss tonight against the Janesville Jets, splitting the series. The team will be on the road for the next few weekends, making their trip to Alaska to face Fairbanks and Kenai! You can catch the away games at Cooper’s AlleySide for our viewing parties!

 

The first period started with three goals from Janesville, at 2:05, 5:05, and 7:01. At 11:33 Springfield responded with a goal from Brandon Puricellli with assists from Muzzillo and Haviland. Janesville found the back of the net a fourth time, causing goal tender Evan Fear to head to the bench and Jurja Ovecka to step into net at 12:53 of the period. The period ended with one more Springfield goal, this time from Spencer DenBeste on the power play. His assists came from Brainin and Mickelson at 16:12 of the period. We headed into the intermission with a score of 4-2.

 

The second period started with a goal from Nikita Kozyrev at 5:17 with an assist from Stewart, putting your Springfield Jr. Blues within one! Janesville found the back of the net while shorthanded at 14:00 of the period, bringing the score to 5-3. Janesville’s Reid Hill took a 5 minute slashing minor and a game misconduct penalty at the end of this period, giving your Springfield Jr. Blues the one man advantage going into the third period.

 

Your Springfield Jr. Blues started the third with 2:41 remaining on their power play. Unable to capitalize on this, the score stayed at 5-3 in favor of Janesville. At 18:10 Janesville struck again, finishing the game 6-3.

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 vs. Magicians

Your Springfield Jr. Blues came away with a loss against the Minnesota Magicians tonight. They will face the magic two more times this weekend; Friday night at 7:05 PM and Saturday night at 6:05 PM.

 

The first period was a quiet one, with nothing but penalties exchanged between the teams. Ovecka got the start in net and stopped the 7 shots he faced in the first period. Springfield ended the period leading in SOG 16-7.

 

Springfield started off the scoring in the second period with an unassisted goal from Patrick Smyth at 5:48 of the period! Minnesota responded with a goal of their own at 9:14. Fabio Hollenstein tallied on the power play at 11:25, with an assist from Kozyrev, giving Springfield the lead once again. We finished the period 2-1.

 

The third period started off with Minnesota tying things up at 14:15 of the period, which sent us into overtime. Your Springfield Jr. Blues fell in overtime to the Minnesota Magicians with a score of 3-2.