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Weekend Preview: Kenai River Brown Bears

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues are heading north – way north. The team has flown up to Soldotna, Alaska for a pivotal Midwest Division matchup against the Kenai River Brown Bears starting tomorrow night at 7:00 pm AKDST (10:00 pm CST).

The Jr. Blues are currently 5-7-2-1 and sit in fifth place in the division. A tough homestand against the Minnesota Magicians saw the team be outscored 15-7 in a three game set last weekend. But despite the disappointing results, positives were evident.

Springfield Jr. Blues Preview:

Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) had a 4 point weekend including two goals in Saturday’s overtime thriller, he now has points in 12 of 15 games played this season. Ben Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO) added a goal and an assist in Saturday’s game to put him at 15 points on the season so far (five goals, ten assists). Defenseman Davis Browning (Dallas, TX) provided two assists on Saturday, his first points since joining the team earlier this week. 

Caleb Hannon (Buffalo, NY) and Jack Williams (St. Louis, MO) are currently sharing the netminder duties for Springfield. Hannon currently has a 3-2-2-0 record with a 2.96 GAA and a .905 save percentage. Williams has a 2-4-0-1 record with a 3.77 GAA and a .874 save percentage. The duo will look to rebound against the Brown Bears who they played in late September to start the season.

Kenai River Brown Bears Preview:

The Kenai River Brown Bears hot start has cooled as of late as they have lost three of their last four. Despite five goals and ten assists from Zach Krajnik the Brown Bears have scored two or fewer goals eight times this season. Kenai River is bolstered by the play of goaltender Gavin Enright. In nine games this season Enright has a record of 5-2-0-1 with a 1.82 GAA and a .939 save percentage.

Season Series:

Kenai River was in Springfield on September 28th & 29th to open the home schedule at the Nelson Center. Springfield took three out of four possible points that weekend going 1-0-1-0. They play each other this weekend in a two game set, both Friday and Saturday’s games are set for 7:00 pm AKDST puck drop (10:00 CST). After this weekend the two teams will next play in January in Kenai River before wrapping up the season series in Springfield in February.

 

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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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