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Brueck, Proctor & Wilson Help Jr. Blues Win Two

Blaine, Minnesota – The Springfield Jr. Blues regrouped after starting the 2019 NAHL Showcase 0-2 to finish the week with two big wins against the New Jersey Titans (Fri. September 20th) and the Corpus Christi IceRays (Sat. September 21st). With the two wins, the Jr. Blues will now begin their home portion of the regular season with a 2-2 record. 

On Friday, Adisen Brueck scored two goals in his second game with the team while Aaron Swanson scored a late goal in the 3rd period to give the Jr. Blues a 3-2 victory over previously undefeated New Jersey. Alex Proctor got the nod in net and stopped 26 of 28 shots sent his way to pick up his first junior hockey win. Caden Villegas added two assists while Giovanni Carabelli had one assist. 

Saturday’s contest was the second time the Jr. Blues and IceRays had played each other this month with the previous meeting being a preseason game at the 2019 Southern Showdown (SPR won 2-0). Brueck would score his 3rd goal of the season to give the Jr. Blues a 1-0 lead assisted by Max Osborne. That would be all that Ryan Wilson would require as he stopped all 28 shots that Corpus Christi sent his way to pick up his first junior hockey shutout and victory. 

The Jr. Blues will now begin their home portion of their regular season as we welcome the Topeka Pilots to town this weekend (9/27 & 9/28). 

Game 2 Gets Away from Jr. Blues

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.

Up Next: 

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!

 

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!

 

Jr. Blues Finish Preseason with 4-3 Victory

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues concluded the preseason with a 4-3 victory over Lindenwood University on Friday night. With the win the Jr. Blues will head into the 2019-20 regular season on a high note having won three out of five preseason contests, including both home games. 

Forwards Aaron Swanson and Trent DeNuccio each had a goal apiece while Max Osborne had two goals and an assist in the evening. Danila Larionovs, Caden Villegas, Cam Wuesthoff, Jayden Jensen, Spencer Silver, and Anders Grongstad each had one assist. Ryan Wilson and Henry Graham combined in net for the victory.

During the preseason Swanson and Osborne led the team with three goals each, while Larionovs, Wuesthoff, DeNuccio, Aaron Shaw, and Reese Tambellini each had one. Wilson, Graham, and Alex Proctor split the duties in net, each making timely saves for the Jr. Blues throughout the preseason.

With the preseason now finished, we will switch our focus to the 2019 NAHL Showcase which starts this Wednesday in Blaine, MN against the Minot Minotauros at 7:00 pm.

Springfield Tops St. Louis 3-2 in Preseason Opener

Springfield, Illions – The 2019-20 North American Hockey League (NAHL) season doesn’t officially begin for another couple of weeks, but the Springfield Jr. Blues kicked off their 2019 preseason schedule with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Jr. Blues (NA3HL) on Saturday night. Cam Wuesthoff, Max Osborne, and Reese Tambellini each scored for Springfield, while Henry Graham and Alex Proctor combined to allow just two goals on the evening.

Wuesthoff, who is from St. Louis, opened the scoring late in the 1st period on a feed from Tambellini. Osborne would add to that total with less than :28 left in the frame and Springfield would take a 2-1 advantage into the intermission.

St. Louis would knot the game up 2-2 in the 2nd, but that would be all the offense from either side during the period. In the final and decisive period, Tambellini would pick up his second point of the game when he scored the game winning goal on a pass from Aaron Shaw, who had two assists in the game. 

For St. Louis, it was an opportunity to bring down a Tier II hockey club, and they came up just short. For Springfield, it was a chance to get a glimpse of the new players and see how they will fit in with the team for this season. 

Next Up:

Springfield will head down to Texas for the 2019 Southern Showdown this week to play three games against the South Division. On Friday September 6th, the Jr. Blues will face-off against the Corpus Christi Ice Rays at 5:45 pm. From there they will play the Lone Star Brahmas at 5:45 pm on Saturday, and then will play the Shreveport Mudbugs on Sunday at 2:10 pm. All three games will be available LIVE on HockeyTV.

 

Jr. Blues Split in Minnesota, Will Host Two Games in Springfield

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues battled back after a Friday night loss to win in overtime on Saturday. Brandon Puricelli had two goals on Friday, Max Osborne had four assists overall, and Nick Techel scored five minutes into overtime on Saturday to send the series back to Springfield tied 1-1. Game three will be on Friday at 7:05 pm and game four will be on Saturday at 6:05 pm.

The 2019 Robertson Cup Playoffs started off rough for the Jr. Blues as the Magicians scored the first goal of the series less than two minutes in. They would add two more goals in the 2nd period and lead 3-0 halfway through the contest. Nikita Kozyrev broke up Minnesota’s shutout bid with two minutes left in the 2nd period on a scramble in front of Ethan Haider. After forty minutes of playoff action, the Jr. Blues trailed 3-1.

The 3rd period would be filled with chances for both sides as the realization of playoff implications began to loom. Minnesota scored early into the 3rd period to make it 4-1 and took a commanding lead before Brandon Puricelli would do his absolute best to bring the Jr. Blues even scoring twice in the final frame. Despite a hard fought contest and plenty of opportunities, the Magicians held on for a 4-3 victory and a 1-0 series lead.

As the Jr. Blues started game two on Saturday, the hope of two home playoff games began to shrink. The Magicians opened the scoring just over seven minutes in and led 1-0 at the intermission for the second consecutive game. This time, however, the Jr. Blues would come out hot in the 2nd period. 

Ben Schmidling would tie the game up late in the 2nd period on a rebound in front of the net and Caden Villegas would bury a 2-on-1 feed just three minutes later to give the Jr. Blues a 2-1 lead heading into the 2nd intermission. Giovanni Carabelli extended the lead on a redirected shot from Blake Finley halfway through the period to make it a 3-1 contest. The Magicians would storm back with two goals of their own in less than three minutes to tie game 3-3 and force a sudden death overtime.

The overtime period was filled with fast-paced, back and forth action that saw both Jack Williams and Jack Robbel make timely and crucial saves. But 4:30 into the extra frame Nick Techel would score off a feed from Max Osborne and beat Robbel under the bar to give the Jr. Blues a 4-3 overtime victory and even the series, 1-1.

With the victory on Saturday, the Jr. Blues are now guaranteed two home games this weekend in Springfield, IL. Both games will be held at the Nelson Center with Friday’s game starting at 7:05 pm and Saturday’s game starting at 6:05 pm. Tickets are already available for purchase for Friday’s game, and tickets for Saturday’s game will be released shortly. 

 

Jr. Blues Notes:

  • Brandon Puricelli had three points on the weekend (2 G, 1 A) to extend his point streak to 16 games dating back to February 23rd against the Brown Bears.
  • Nick Techel’s overtime goal gave the Jr. Blues their first playoff victory since the 2011-12 season.
  • Max Osborne had 4 assists on the weekend and is currently tied for the 3rd most points in the playoffs so far.
  • Jack Williams picked up the victory on Saturday night for his first NAHL playoff win.

Puricelli, Schmidling(s) Lead Jr. Blues to Sweep of Steel

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin – The Springfield Jr. Blues marched into the Chippewa Area Youth Arena over the weekend for the first time in franchise history and swept the Chippewa Steel. After earning four out of four points, the Jr. Blues now sit in sole possession of 3rd place in the Midwest Division with a 28-20-3-1 record for 60 points.

Friday started out in the right direction for Springfield before Chippewa turned the contest into a nail biter. Ben Schmidling and Max Brainin would each score in the 1st period to give the Jr. Blues a 2-1 lead heading into the intermission. The 2nd period would begin well as Nikita Kozyrev pushed the lead to 3-1 on a feed from Brandon Puricelli and Nick Techel. But the Steel would score twice in the final two minutes of the period and the game was tied 3-3 at the break.

Jack Williams would shut the door the rest of the way as he stopped all 11 shots in the 3rd period despite plenty of opportunities for the Steel. Kozyrev would break the deadlock at the 17:50 mark of the 3rd period and give the Jr. Blues a much needed win, 4-3. It was the 8th time this season that the Steel lost a game in the final 10 minutes of regulation.

Heading into Saturday’s contest the Jr. Blues needed both points to keep pace with the Janesville Jets. Brandon Puricelli and the Schmidling twins (Ben and David) would ensure that the Jr. Blues would not come away empty handed.

Puricelli opened the scoring on Saturday just under 10 minutes in, but the Steel would score the next two goals in the game to lead 2-1 late in the opening period. That’s when captain Cade Groton would score his 3rd goal of the season to tie the game 2-2 heading into the break. The fire was sparked and the Jr. Blues would take control of the game from that point on.

Lukas Kucera would break the tie just 2:31 into the 2nd period, his 3rd goal of the season. Ben Schmidling would score six minutes later to make it 4-2, and Max Osborne would extend the lead again just three minutes later. After 40 minutes of action the Jr. Blues were on top 5-2.

Two goals by the Steel in the 3rd period were accompanied by a power play strike from Max Brainin and the final score was 6-4. Janis Voris made 25 of 29 saves to earn his 7th victory. Puricelli had four points on the weekend including a Gordie Howe hat trick on Saturday (goal, assist, fight). B. Schmidling had four points as well (2 goals, 2 assists), and D. Schmidling had three points (3 assists). Nikita Kozyrev ended the weekend with three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and Max Brainin now has 47 points on the season after picking up two points (2 goals).

Jr. Blues Notes:

  • Brandon Puricelli has 25 goals and 38 assists for 63 points this season. It’s the highest season point total since Kyle Cook had 70 points in 2011-12.
  • Ben Schmidling is continuing to stay hot as he has 5 goals and 4 assists in his last 7 games. Schmidling is in his 3rd NAHL season (Janesville, Johnstown) and has 98 career points (46 goals, 52 assists).
  • Noah Marino made his Springfield and NAHL debut over the weekend. He picked up his first junior point with his assist on Ben Schmidling’s 2nd period goal on Saturday.
  • Streaking: Techel is currently on an 8 game point streak (2 goals, 8 assists); Puricelli has points in 6 straight games (4 goals, 11 assists); Kozyrev is on a 6 game point streak (8 goals, 4 assists); and D. Schmidling is on a 3 game point streak (4 assists).
  • It was the 4th weekend sweep this season for the Jr. Blues. All four sweeps have been within the division (Minnesota, Fairbanks, Kenai River, and Chippewa). The Jr. Blues have been swept twice (Minnesota and Janesville).
  • With the Fairbanks sweep of Minnesota, the Ice Dogs are now in 1st place with 66 points. The Magicians have 64 points, the Jr. Blues have 60, and the Jets have 59.

Kucera, Williams Lead Jr. Blues Past Jets, 3-0

Janesville, Wisconsin – The Springfield Jr. Blues defeated the Janesville Jets 3-0 on Friday night to move into a tie for 3rd place in the Midwest Division with the Jets. Lukas Kucera had a goal and an assist, while Jack Williams turned aside all 19 shots that he faced to pick up his 15th win of the season.

Kucera, who joined the team last week, scored the opening goal late in the 1st period to give the Jr. Blues a 1-0 lead heading into the 1st intermission assisted by David Schmidling and Caden Villegas. Max Osborne would extend the lead to 2-0 on a power play strike late in the 2nd period on a redirection from Brandon Puricelli. Max Brainin added an assist on the goal as well. Caden Villegas added an insurance goal early in the 3rd period to make it 3-0 assisted by D. Schmidling and Kucera.

That would be more than enough offense as Williams earned his 3rd shutout of the season and his second consecutive start with a shutout. Williams now sits with a 15-10-0-1-1 record with a 2.70 GAA and a .902 save percentage on the campaign.

Jr. Blues Notes:

  • Lukas Kucera, who had been incorrectly listed as Darren Johnson on the score sheet, now has a point in each game with the Jr. Blues
  • Caden Villegas had a goal and an assist to push his season point total to 12.
  • Max Osborne’s goal was his 6th of the season and his first point since 1/25, also against the Jets.
  • David Schmidling played his first game since 11/24 (against the Jets) and recorded two assists in the game. He now has 1 goal and 10 assists in 16 games played this season.
  • Max Brainin had an assist on Osborne’s goal, he now has 26 on the season and is one point from tying his career high in points (40).
  • Brandon Puricelli notched his 100th point as a member of the Jr. Blues with his 27th assist of the season. He now has 48 points this season.

Schmidling Scores Two, Jr. Blues Win 4-2

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues defeated the Janesville Jets 4-2 on Friday evening to extend their winning streak to five games. Ben Schmidling notched a two goal performance to lead the Jr. Blues, and Nikita Kozyrev continued his hot play with a goal and an assist. Jack Williams earned his 12th win of the season stopping 15 of 17 shots. 

The Jets opened the scoring up on the power play in the 1st period to lead 1-0. Schmidling would tie the game up with less than a minute to play in the 1st period on his 15th of the season, and then would score his 16th goal in the 2nd period to give the Jr. Blues a 2-1 lead. Nick Techel scored his 10th of the season and his 3rd game winning goal in the 3rd period to increase the lead to 3-1. Kozyrev continued to stay red hot with his 7th goal of the season, and his 7th point in his last 4 games, to extend the lead to 4-1. A late Jets goal would cut the deficit to 4-2, but that would be all the offense Williams would allow.

Max Osborne picked up two assists in the game and now has 10 assists on the season. Brandon Puricelli’s 20th assist of the season on Schmidling’s first goal extends his point streak to five games. Aaron Swanson also had an assist on Schmidling’s first goal to extend his point streak to 8 games.

Jr. Blues Sweep Minnesota

Springfield, Illinois – The new year brought new excitement at the Nelson Center as the Springfield Jr. Blues took four points from the Minnesota Magicians to move into 4th place in the Midwest Division. The Jr. Blues record sits at 14-14-2-1 for a total of 31 points, three points ahead of Kenai River.

Friday, January 4th: Jr. Blues 3 – 2 Minnesota

The Jr. Blues jumped out to a 3-0 lead over 1st place Minnesota on Friday night thanks to goals from Caden Villegas, Nikita Kozyrev, and Ben Schmidling. Minnesota scored twice late in the 2nd period to make the game interesting, but Jack Williams would shut the door in the 3rd period to earn his 10th win of the season. Aaron Swanson had two assists in the contest and Villegas had a goal and an assist to pace the team offensively.

Saturday, January 5th: Jr. Blues 2 – 1 Minnesota (OT)

In front of a raucous crowd at the Nelson Center, the Jr. Blues came from behind in the 3rd period to complete the weekend sweep. Max Osborne scored four minutes into the 3rd period to tie the game up, and he would get an assist on Nikita Kozyrev’s overtime game winning goal just 1:51 into the extra frame. Janis Voris, making his Jr. Blues debut in net, stopped 20 of 21 shots to earn his first victory. Osborne and Kozyrev each finished with two points, and Aaron Swanson and Brandon Puricelli each had one assist.

Next Up:

The Jr. Blues will be heading to Alaska on Wednesday as they prepare to take on the Fairbanks Ice Dogs this weekend. It’s the third series between the two teams this season with Springfield holding a 3-1 advantage through four games. After a two game set in Fairbanks, the Jr. Blues will stay in Alaska for a three game series in Kenai against the Brown Bears. Through four games played against each other, each team has two victories. The boys will be back in town for a pair of games against the Janesville Jets on January 25th and 26th

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