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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.

NAHL Releases Schedule for 2019 Showcase

Springfield, Illinois – The North American Hockey League (NAHL), the United States longest running Junior A hockey league, have released the schedule for the 2019 NAHL Showcase. 

The event will take place in Blaine, MN from September 18-21 and each team will play between three and four games that will count towards the regular season standings. The action begins on Wednesday September 18th at 10 a.m. as the Topeka Pilots battle it out with the Minnesota Wilderness. In addition to the 26 NAHL teams, the US NTDP will be sending a team as well. 

For the Jr. Blues, it will be the opening of the regular season as they do not have any games the weekend before the showcase. While last year’s showcase saw the Jr. Blues face three teams from the East Division and one team from the South Division, this year we will see two members of the Central Division (Minot Minotauros & Minnesota Wilderness), one team from the East Division (New Jersey Titans), and one team from the South Division (Corpus Christi Ice Rays) during the showcase. 

Here is the schedule with dates and times:

Wednesday September 18th, 2019 vs. Minot @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday September 19th, 2019 vs. Wilderness @ 2:00 p.m.

Friday September 20th, 2019 vs. New Jersey Titans @ 11:00 a.m.

Saturday September 21st, 2019 vs. Corpus Christi Ice Rays @ 3:30 p.m.

All game times are central and each game at the Showcase will be streamed live on HockeyTV.

Jr. Blues Lose in Showcase Finale

Blaine, Minnesota – The Springfield Jr. Blues finished off the 2018 NAHL Showcase Saturday afternoon against the Johnstown Tomahawks losing 3-1. The Jr. Blues only goal was scored by Spencer DenBeste (Marquette, MI) and they finished the Showcase with a 2-2-0-0 record.

Johnstown opened the scoring five minutes into the 1st period when Chad Merell scored on a odd man advantage beating George McBey (Dallas, TX) for his fifth goal of the season. The 1st period tally would be the only offense for either team until :37 into the third period when Mitchell Hale scored his third goal of the season for the Tomahawks and the score was 2-0. Chad Merell scored a shorthanded breakaway goal just after the halfway mark of the period to increase their lead to 3-0.

The Springfield Jr. Blues would get on the board with 5:39 left in the game when Spencer DenBeste broke up Carter MacPhail’s shutout on the power play. Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) and Nikita Kozyrev (Tallinn, Estonia) assisted on the goal. The goal was the second in as many days for the Lake Superior State University commit, however, the Jr. Blues were unable to complete the comeback and Johnstown held on for the victory.

George McBey played well in net for the boys in blue, stopping 33 of 36 shots sent his way. Special teams proved to be an important factor in the game, as the Jr. Blues penalty kill was perfect going 9-for-9. The power play generated the only offense, but also surrendered an important shorthanded goal in the 3rd period that proved to be too much for the Jr. blues to overcome. 

The Jr. Blues will be back in town next Friday against the Kenai River Brown Bears as they kick off their home schedule at 7:05 p.m. The Brown Bears are currently 3-2-0-0 and are tied for 1st in the tightly contested Midwest Division.

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