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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!

Game of Threes

Your Springfield Jr. Blues have been playing the Game of Threes this past week. With a win in Janesville over the Jets on Wednesday, and a home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians over the weekend, the Springfield Jr. Blues had three games, three wins, and secured third place heading into the playoffs!

On Wednesday the team won in a shootout after spending most of the game down by one. With just 38 seconds left in the game, number 16, forward Nick Schultze fired one past former Jr. Blues goaltender, Garrett Nieto to tie the game. Each team earned a point  going into overtime, but it was a shootout goals by Nikita Kozyrev, and Brandon Puricelli along with 37 saves from Goalie Evan Fear that gave Springfield the win!

Friday night the team played in their home barn against the 4th place Magicians in a battle for the third seed in the Mid-West Dvivison. With an initial goal from Minnesota during the first period, Springfield stayed quiet into the second until 8:29 when Schultze scored for Springfield, tying the game. Just like in Janesville, the teams ended up in a shootout after a physical and confrontational third period, with several penalties for both teams.

In the shootout, Nikita Kozyrev again scored for Springfield and that was all Goaltender Evan Fear would need to secure the victory stopping every shot he faced. Fear stopped 33 shots in the win posting a  .969% save percentage.

Saturday night the team was quiet in the first, but came out determined in the second, and Sam Sterne scored the lone goal of the game at 18:08 with assists from Smyth and Puricelli. Fear stopped all 44 shots faced and locked Springfield into third place and a 1st round playoff matchup with Janesville.

This week the team will head out for their final two regular season games against the Coulee Region Chill on Friday and Saturday night. Be sure to come out to Cooper’s AlleySide to watch the game with other fans, eat amazing food, and possibly win prizes!

Game Recap – Springfield WINS

Your Springfield Jr. Blues came away with a WIN tonight against the Janesville Jets. Catch them in action again tomorrow night at 6:05 PM! A ticket to tomorrow night’s game also gets you admittance to our 25th Anniversary Game Alumni Game at 3pm, with doors opening at 2pm.


The first period was quiet, with no goals from either team, leaving the score 0-0.


The second period stayed silent as well, with a few penalties exchanged but no goals. We ended the second still 0-0.


Both goalies were incredibly sharp throughout the game, leading to no score through the third. The third ended 0-0, sending us to overtime.


In overtime, Jordan Muzzillo found the back of the net with assists from Puricelli and Shultze, winning the game for Springfield! Goaltender Evan Fear stopped all 30 pucks he saw, earning him a shutout tonight!

Weekend Preview – Coulee Region Chill at Springfield Jr. Blues

Coulee Region Chill at Springfield Jr. Blues | Saturday, February 9th and 10th | Nelson Center

Your Springfield Jr. Blues wrapped up a one game home stand against Kenai River with a win last Saturday. This Friday night will be Mardi Gras Night at the Nelson Center, followed by our Valentine’s game on Saturday night.

Tales of the Tape: Coulee Region Chill
12-21-3-5 | 41 GP | GAA: 4.07 | GFA: 2.67 | Top Scorers: Nick Bowman (G – 16, A – 16, Pts. – 32, GP – 35; Brandon Koch (G – 3, A – 26, Pts. – 29, GP – 41); Andrew McGlynn (G – 10, A – 17, Pts. – 27, GP – 38)

Offense to Watch:
Nick Bowman – This Coulee Region forward has 16 goals this season, including 7 power play goals and 10 power play assists. He works hard on the one-man advantage. Springfield will look to limit their penalties and keep an eye on Coulee’s special teams.

Manning the Blue Line:
Brandon Koch – 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:
Emil Zetterquist – The goalie has played 1524 minutes this season and holds a record of 9-10-2-4. His save percentage is 0.925.

Tales of the Tape: Springfield Jr. Blues
19-18-3-1 | 31 GP | GAA: 3.00 | GFA: 2.80 | Top Scorers: Jeff Skinner (G – 15, A – 18, Pts. – 33, GP – 39); Ethan Stewart (G – 14, A – 17, Pts. – 31, GP – 41); Nikita Kozyrev (G – 13, A – 16, Pts. – 29, GP – 39)

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 Coulee Region!

Between the Posts:
Evan Fear – the net-minder has played 985 minutes this season, and sports a record of 8-7-2-0. He will look to stay sharp against Coulee Region!