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Jr. Blues Rally Late, Fall in Overtime

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues wrapped up their three game homestand against the Magicians with a 5-4 overtime loss on Saturday night. The loss in extra time dropped the Jr. Blues record to 5-7-2-1. 

Despite the outcomes of the games Thursday and Friday, the Jr. Blues resiliency was on display Saturday night as they rallied throughout the game to send the matchup into overtime. A goal by Ben Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO), two goals by Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO), and a tally by Max Brainin (Buffalo Grove, IL) led Springfield offensively. 

Caleb Hannon (Buffalo, NY) stopped 26 of 31 shots in his second overtime loss of the season. Davis Browning (Dallas, TX) notched his first two points with Springfield as he had two assists in the game.  David Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO) notched his first point since returning from injury when he assisted on Springfield’s first goal of the evening.

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Jr. Blues Fall to the Magicians

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues were defeated by the Minnesota Magicians 5-1 last night, dropping the team to 5-6-1-1 on the season. Spencer DenBeste (Marquette, MI) scored his third goal of the season in the loss.

Despite being outshot 42-29, Minnesota was in control the majority of the game. Two first period goals from Cameron Buhl and Jackson Jutting put the Magicians in the driver seat and they didn’t look back. Chris Konin, Matthew Stanton and Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe all scored as well.

Springfield’s lone tally came late in the 2nd period on the power play by DenBeste, assisted by Max Brainin (Buffalo Grove, IL) and Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO). Caleb Hannon (Buffalo, NY) stopped 24 of 29 shots in his second loss of the season.

The two teams are scheduled for a rematch tonight at 7:05 pm in the Jr. Blues annual Pink the Rink game. Special pink jerseys, pink merchandise, and a postgame skate with the team are all planned for tonight’s game. Make sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter for player news and upcoming event information.

Jr. Blues Fail to Break Magicians Spell

Richfield, Minnesota – The Springfield Jr. Blues rallied in the 3rd period Saturday night against the Minnesota Magicians but fell short of the comeback, losing 5-4 in a shootout. Springfield’s record drops to 4-4-1-1 on the campaign and puts them in sole possession of 5th place in the Midwest Division.

Minnesota jumped out to an early lead in the 1st period as Isaac Henkmeyer-Howe scored just under three minutes into the game. Springfield would respond when Artjoms Lapiks (Riga, Latvia) scored his first goal of the season assisted by Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO).

Minnesota would dominate the 2nd period as they scored three goals. One goal from Henkmeyer-Howe, one from Matthew Stanton, and one from Cameron Buhl. Springfield’s lone 2nd period tally came from Puricelli under five minutes into the period, which at the time tied the game 2-2. Jayden Jensen (Marengo, IL) and Max Osborne (Anchorage, AK) assisted on Puricelli’s goal, but heading into the 2nd intermission Minnesota was in front 4-2.

It took an incredible 3rd period performance by Max Brainin (Buffalo Grove, IL) and Jack Williams (St. Louis, MO) to tie the game up at 4, as Brainin scored twice in the period and Williams stopped all 13 Magicians shots. The first goal occurred at the 4:29 mark of the period assisted by Lukas Zukauskas (Jonova, Lithuania) and Ben Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO). The second goal was unassisted right before the halfway mark of the period, and for the final 10 minutes the game was tied 4-4. 

But that was where the luck would run out for the boys in blue. Despite scoring chances in overtime and a lead in the shootout, Minnesota capitalized on back to back attempts to claim the victory. 

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Springfield Unable to Figure Out Magicians

Richfield, MN – The Springfield Jr. Blues dropped their first road game of the season last night to the Minnesota Magicians by a score of 7-2. The loss drops Springfield to 4-4-1-0 and they are now tied with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs for 4th in the Midwest Division.

Minnesota led from start to finish on Friday night. A hat trick by Chris Konin and four points from Cameron Buhl paced an offensive outbreak from Minnesota, who now has three games with 5+ goals. Ethan Haider stopped 19 of 21 shots to pick up his fifth win of the season.

Springfield broke up Haider’s shutout bid just over five minutes into the 3rd period when Max Osborne (Anchorage, AK) scored his first goal of the year unassisted. Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) scored his team leading fifth goal of the year with 8:31 left in regulation to bring the score to 7-2, but that would be all the offense Springfield would be able to muster. Caleb Hannon (Buffalo, NY) was given his first regulation loss of the season as he stopped 9 of 12 shots. Jack Williams (St. Louis, MO) came in for Hannon in the 2nd period and stopped 16 of 20 shots.

A rematch takes place tonight as the Jr. Blues and Magicians will faceoff at 7:00 p.m. Check out our viewing party at Cooper’s Alleyside, or stream the game live on HockeyTV.

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Weekend Preview: Minnesota Magicians

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues are preparing for a weekend trip to Minnesota to take on the Magicians on Friday and Saturday. The two game set will be the first meeting of the year between the teams and the first of 10 games throughout the season.

Springfield Jr. Blues (4-3-1-0; 9 pts, 4th in Midwest)

Ben Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO) leads the way offensively for the Jr. Blues with four goals and six assists through eight games. Rookie Ryan Reid (Phoenix, AZ) leads the defensive corps with two goals and four assists, while Sam Sterne (Batavia, IL) leads the team with a plus-7 rating. Caleb Hannon (Buffalo, NY) has been solid in between the pipes for Springfield as he is currently 2-0-1-0 with a 1.33 GAA and a .956 save percentage.

Minnesota Magicians (5-3-0-0; 10 pts, 2nd in Midwest)

Minnesota has been led by an outstanding early performance from Ethan Haider who is 4-2-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA and two shutouts on the season. Matthew Stanton, four goals and four assists, and John Keranen, five goals and one assist, lead the way offensively for the Magicians.

Catch the games live on HockeyTV Friday at 7:15 pm and Saturday at 7:00 pm. Make sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for player news, game updates, and event information.